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Noir at the Bar

We present the best way to celebrate the Bay Area's love of noir: Join us to toast local and international mystery writers who have mastered the form. Make Dashiell Hammett proud by ordering a dirty martini (or some other hard-boiled cocktail)…
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New Irish Fiction

Why does this small, rocky island have such outsize influence on world literature? Who is coming along in the footsteps of James Joyce, Frank O'Connor, and Edna O'Brien, and what news do they have of Ireland? Meet three members of an exciting…
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Jussi Adler-Olsen: Denmark's #1 Crime Writer

What does it take to be a bestselling crime writer? With more than 15 million copies of his books sold worldwide, Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen (creator of the Department Q novels, the latest of which is The Hanging Girl) will share insights…
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The Art of Investigation: Journalists Meet Crime Writers

There is a curious connection between crime novels and investigative reporting. Both are called "stories" by their practitioners. Both present victims and an evildoer, whether that be a person or a system, and both work with suspicion, suspense,…
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Kingdom of Olives and Ash

With the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank upon us, award-winning authors Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon invited an international roster of top-shelf writers to visit the Israeli-occupied territories on individual…
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Living in Two Worlds: Crossing Borders and Identities to Create Home

We all cross borders, whether geographical, emotional, or even digital. In our current age, humans are more mobile, and displaced, than they have ever been. These celebrated border-crossers and novelists have spent a great deal of time contemplating…