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Thursday, February 8, 2024

1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Room 3501AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3

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It’s a Crime! Genre Fiction’s Bad Rap (Sheet) in Academia's Mean Streets

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Crime fiction has often struggled to be taken seriously in literature classes and creative writing workshops, even as the students themselves are avid fans of suspense, thrillers, true crime podcasts, and more. Professors who teach crime fiction as literature (class, race, and social justice as thematic cores) or use it as models for aspiring writers (plotting, pacing, getting readers to turn the page) explore the genre’s strengths for academia and offer tips on bringing it into the classroom.

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Richie Narvaez is the author of two novels and two short story collections. He teaches crime fiction writing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and received SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching in 2022.


Twitter Username: richie_narvaez

Website: www.richienarvaez.com

Edwin Hill teaches creative writing and literature at Emerson College. He also served as the vice president and editorial director of Bedford/St. Martin's. He is the critically-acclaimed author of five novels and numerus short stories.


Twitter Username: edwinhillauthor

Art Taylor is the Edgar Award-winning author of The Adventure of the Castle Thief and Other Expeditions and Indiscretions. His fiction has also won the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards. He is an associate professor and assistant director of the creative writing program at George Mason University.


Twitter Username: ArtTaylorWriter

Website: www.arttaylorwriter.com

David Heska Wanbli Weiden is author of the novel Winter Counts (Ecco; S&S UK), winner of twelve awards and named a New York Times Editors' Choice, Indie Next Pick, and Book of the Month Club main selection. He is a MacDowell, Ucross, Ragdale, Sewanee, and Tin House fellow. davidweiden.com


Twitter Username: WanbliWeiden

Website: www.DavidWeiden.com

3:20 p.m. to 4:35 p.m.

Room 2505AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2

T238.

Gathering Evidence: Crime Fiction as Social Commentary

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To know a society, you must first understand its crimes. Crime fiction in its various forms, from thriller to noir to historical, endeavors to understand society through the exploration of criminality and our criminal justice system. Four accomplished authors discuss how they employ genre storytelling to expose truths about troubling aspects of American culture, past and present, as a means of raising awareness of social problems, generational trauma, and victims’ stories.

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John Copenhaver’s historical crime novel Dodging and Burning won the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery, and his second novel The Savage Kind won the Lammy for Best LGBTQ Mystery. He teaches creative writing and literature at VCU and the low-residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska.


Twitter Username: johncopenhaver

Website: www.jcopenhaver.com

David Heska Wanbli Weiden is author of the novel Winter Counts (Ecco; S&S UK), winner of twelve awards and named a New York Times Editors' Choice, Indie Next Pick, and Book of the Month Club main selection. He is a MacDowell, Ucross, Ragdale, Sewanee, and Tin House fellow. davidweiden.com


Twitter Username: WanbliWeiden

Website: www.DavidWeiden.com

Mindy Mejia’s thrillers have been translated into over twenty languages. Her books have been picked for People's Best New Books and listed in the Wall Street Journal’s Best New Mysteries. A CPA and graduate of the Hamline University MFA program, she serves on the board of Mystery Writers of America.

James Han Mattson is the author of two novels, The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves and Reprieve. His third novel, The Grand Impostors, is forthcoming. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.


Twitter Username: jhmattson

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