F205. It's a Crime to Skip This Panel

Room 101 H&I, Level 1
Friday, April 10, 2015
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Five novelists with distinct approaches to crime fiction will discuss how and why they came to the genre, and will address such topics as generating suspense, controlling pacing, writing violence, breaking genre expectations, and establishing a distinct voice. Must-read recommendations and a Q&A will round out the session.



Michael Kardos is the author of the novels Before He Finds Her and The Three-Day Affair, the story collection One Last Good Time; and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction. He is an associate professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

Joy Castro is the author of the novels Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, the memoir The Truth Book, and the essay collection Island of Bones, and she edited the collection Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family. She teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Chris Abani's prose includes Song for Night, GraceLand, and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections include Sanctificum, Feed Me the Sun: Collected Long Poems, and Kalakuta Republic. He is a professor at the University of California, Riverside and the recipient of the PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the PEN/Hemingway Book Prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship.

Christopher Coake is the author of You Came Back: A Novel and We're in Trouble: Stories, for which he received the PEN/Robert W. Bringham Prize for fiction. In 2006 he was named a Best Young American Novelist by Granta. He teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Lori Rader-Day is the author of the mystery The Black Hour. Her short fiction has won awards from Good Housekeeping and Madison Review and has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, TimeOut Chicago, and others. 


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center