Have you ever wondered what inspires a writer to write or how much of an author’s real life comes through in the words they commit to the page? Works of fiction set in places known to an author take on an authenticity that can’t be manufactured. Authors of crime novels in particular can tell a more believable story with the benefit of a realistic setting, which can happily spare them the troubles of a life of crime!
The LIM is pleased to present an evening with three award winning authors and New Yorkers by birth or choice, Megan Abbott, Judy Blundell, and Maureen Corrigan. All three authors have used their deep knowledge of and ties to the New York region to successfully weave together sense of place, varying perspectives, distinctive narrative styles, and elements of both real-life and fictitious crime to create written works that engage wide audiences and delight readers of all ages.
Space is limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Wine, non-alcoholic refreshments and hors d’oeuvres included in ticket price: $30/person; $25/seniors & members; $15/students.
Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of nine novels, including Dare Me, The Fever and the bestselling You Will Know Me. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review and the Wall Street Journal. Formerly writer on HBO’s The Deuce, she is currently writing and executive producing a TV show based on her novel Dare Me, to begin airing in 2020. Her latest novel is Give Me Your Hand, which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a CWA Dagger and an Anthony Award. She lives in Queens, New York.
Judy Blundell is a New York Times bestselling author for children and young adults. Her novel What I Saw and How I Lied won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her first novel for adults,The High Season, was published in May 2018. She lives on Long Island with her husband and daughter.
Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, is The Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers (Scribner) and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism, presented by the Mystery Writers of America.
Corrigan served as a juror for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her book So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures was published by Little, Brown in September 2014. Corrigan’s literary memoir, Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading! was published in 2005. Corrigan is also a reviewer and columnist for The Washington Post‘s Book World. In addition to serving on the advisory panel of The American Heritage Dictionary, she has chaired the Mystery and Suspense judges’ panel of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.