2018 Edgar Symposium

Register NOW for the 2018 Edgar® Week Symposium!

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel – Lobby Level – Manhattan Ballroom
East 42nd Street @ Grand Central Station

Below is a schedule preview (subject to change)


Symposium Schedule

8:30 – 8:50:                       Registration

8:55 – 9:00:                      Welcome – MWA’s Executive Vice President – Donna Andrews

9:00 – 9:50:                      Meet the Class of 2018: Best First Novel Nominees

Moderator:                     CLAIRE BOOTH (author of Another Man’s Ground, Minotaur Books)
Panelists:                        Jordan Harper (2018 Best First Edgar Nominee – She Rides Shotgun, Ecco Books)
Deborah E. Kennedy (2018 Best First Edgar Nominee – Tornado Weather, Flatiron Books)
Winnie M Li (2018 Best First Edgar Nominee – Dark Chapter, Polis Books)
Melissa Scrivner Love (2018 Best First Edgar Nominee – Lola, Crown Publishing)

10:00 – 10:50:                  From the Writer’s Desk, Part 1
2018 Grand Master William Link – interviewed by Joseph Goodrich

11:00 – 11:50:                  Just the Facts: How do writers of fiction and nonfiction approach research? When do they know they’ve researched enough?

Moderator:                     SARAH WEINMAN, editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s
Panelists:                       Curtis Evans (2018 Best Bio-Critical Edgar Nominee — Murder in the Closet: Essays on Queer Clues in Crime Fiction Before Stonewall, McFarland)
Kirby Larson (2018 Best Juvenile Edgar Nominee — Audacity Jones Steals the Show, Scholastic)
Rachel McCarthy James (2018 Best Fact Crime Edgar Nominee — The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery, Scribner)
Brad Ricca (2018 Best Fact Crime Edgar Nominee — Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917       Missing Girl Case that Captivated a Nation, St. Martin’s Press)
Michael Sims (2018 Best Bio-Critical Edgar Nominee — Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes, Bloomsbury USA)

11:50 – 1:00                     Lunch Break (On Your Own)

1:00 – 1:50:                       Not Even Past: William Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” When writing suspenseful stories, how do writers layer and reveal  secrets from their characters’ pasts?

Moderator:                       MARK STEVENS (MWA Rocky Mtn Chapter President (Lake of Fire – Midnight Ink)
Panelists:                         Hallie Ephron (2018 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee — You’ll Never Know Dear, William Morrow)
Angie Thomas (2018 Best Young Adult Nominee — The Hate U Give, HarperCollins – Balzer + Bray)
Carol Goodman (2018 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee — The Widow’s House, William Morrow)
Abir Mukherjee (2018 Best Novel Edgar Nominee — A Rising Man, Pegasus)
Hannah Tinti (2018 Best Novel Edgar Nominee — The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, Penguin The Dial Press)

2:00 – 2:50                        Small Crimes: Writers talk about the tiny canvas of the short story. How are short stories a way to break into mystery fiction—and a tool to keep honing craft and career?

Moderator:                        LYNDSAY FAYE, author of The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
Panelists:                          Jeffery Deaver, (2018 Best Short Story Edgar Nominee — “Hard to Get,” EQMM
Lisa Gray (2018 Robert L. Fish Memorial Award Winner — “The Queen of Secrets,” New Haven Noir, Akashic Books)
Kenji Jasper (2018 Best Short Story Edgar Nominee — “A Moment of Clarity at the Waffle House,” Atlanta Noir, Akashic Books)
SJ Rozan (2018 Best Short Story Edgar Nominee — “Chin Yong-Yun Stays at Home,” AHMM

3:00 – 3:50:                          #AuthorLife: There’s no one way to be a crime writer. How did these authors get into the life of crime — and what advice do they have for aspiring writers taking a stab at mystery?

Moderator:                           HEATHER E. ASH, MWA National Board Member
Panelists:                              Rhys Bowen (2018 Best Paperback Original Nominee — In Farleigh Field, Lake Union)
Andrew Mayne (2018 Best Paperback Original Edgar Nominee — Black Fall, HarperCollins)
Nadine Nettman (2018 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee — Uncorking a Lie, Midnight Ink)
James Ponti (2018 Best Juvenile Edgar Nominee — Vanished!, Aladdin)
Kevin Sands (2018 Best Juvenile Edgar Nominee — The Assassin’s Curse, Aladdin)

4:00 – 4:50:                             From the Writer’s Desk, Part 2
2018 Grand Master Peter Lovesey – Interviewed by Oline Cogdill

Cost:                                       $95 members, $125 non-members – with a $15 retroactive discount for those who join Mystery Writers of America within 30 days after Symposium.

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