Women Writing Crime Fiction: Motherhood, sisterhood and the pursuit of justice

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Join authors Cheryl Head (Judge Me When I’m Wrong), Tara Laskowski (One Night Gone) and Vanessa Lillie (Little Voices) with moderator Angie Kim to discuss their newly released crime fiction!

A Detroit PI who struggles to accept her sexuality. A newly divorced woman who tries to recoup in a secretive beach community. A former prosecutor turned new mom who struggles postpartum. Learn about these female protagonists solving crimes as the panel discusses vital issues of class, family dynamics, sexual orientation, motherhood and identity in fiction. Panelists will discuss their paths to publication from a multibook mystery series (Head) to thriller debuts (Laskowski and Lillie). Setting also features prominently in their books, so panelists will reflect on their settings from the streets of Detroit to exclusive mansions of Opal Beach and historical cemeteries in Providence, Rhode Island.

About the Authors

A Detroit native, Cheryl A. Head now lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where she navigated a successful career as a writer, television producer, filmmaker, broadcast executive, and media funder. Her debut novel, Long Way Home: A World War II Novel, was a 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist in both the African American Literature and Historical Fiction categories. Her novel, Bury Me When I’m Dead, Book #1 of the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Series was a 2017 Lambda Literary Award finalist. She serves as the Director of Inclusion for the Golden Crown Literary Society, and regularly consults on a wide range of diversity issues. cherylhead.com

Tara Laskowski is the award-winning author of two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders, which was named a Best Book of 2017 by Jennifer Egan in The Guardian. Her debut novel One Night Gone will be published in October 2019 by Graydon House Books. She is the editor of the online flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly and is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. A graduate of Susquehanna University and George Mason University, Tara grew up in Pennsylvania and lives in Virginia. taralaskowski.com/

Vanessa Lillie’s debut thriller, Little Voices (Thomas & Mercer, October 2019) is set in Providence, Rhode Island, which she calls home with her husband and dinosaur-aficionado son. Originally from Miami, Oklahoma, she studied English at Rockhurst University in Kansas City and received her Master of Public Administration at American University in Washington, D.C. While there, she was a senior editor for an e-publisher and worked in marketing and communications for education nonprofits. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. vanessalillie.com

Angie Kim is the debut author of the national bestseller Miracle Creek, a literary courtroom drama that has been named an IndieNext and LibraryReads pick, a Best Book of 2019 So Far by Time Magazine and Amazon, a Washington Post Summer Reads selection, and a Top 10 AppleBooks Debuts of 2019. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, Slate, and numerous literary journals. She moved from Seoul, Korea, to Baltimore as a preteen, and attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons. angiekimbooks.com

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