BookCon is the annual event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Held June 2 and 3 in the Javits Center in New York City, BookCon features author panels, meet and greets, and a show floor full of publisher activities and giveaways. This year, we are delighted that Novel Suspects will be making an appearance on Saturday, June 2 with three panels and giveaways in the Hachette Book Group Booth!
David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, and Walter Mosley are some of the biggest and most enduring voices in the mystery thriller world. From Amos Decker to Easy Rawlins, their characters have been shot, saved the President, caught killers, and sometimes even fallen in love in the process. Moderator Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me and writer for HBO’s The Deuce, joins these powerhouse authors to discuss the keys to writing a truly thrilling thriller, transforming their characters from page to screen, what it’s like to spend so much time thinking about murder, and much more.
Countless literary detectives have been portrayed as older white men in trench coats—but that image is neither realistic nor representative of the real world. This panel brings together three authors with a range of cultural perspectives, whose characters reflect their creators, but also require them to imagine a multitude of other points of view and experiences. Walter Mosley, Kellye Garrett, and Joe Ide will discuss their own publishing experiences, as well as their work in other mediums such as television and film.
There’s a long history of women in mystery from Agatha Christie onward, but the thriller world has tended to be more male-dominated. Come hear these fierce women writers talk about how that is changing and how their work crosses genre and convention. The authors on this panel have a broad range of experiences writing male and female detectives and P.I.’s, creating characters for novels as well as television, and keeping a series character going over a number of books. In this panel, they’ll discuss their inspirations, research, and writing habits, all of which contribute to the sometimes dark, twisty, and even sexy paths they lead their readers down.
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