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Crime: True and Imagined

Why are we so fascinated by crimes, real or fictional? Maybe it’s what they reveal about human nature, fairness, society–and, not least of all, ourselves. Legendary cold-case investigator Paul Holes (Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s…
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Nordic Noir

Get a pleasant chill in your bones with these jewels of the noir crown, rife with suspense as sharp as the ice in a fjord. The rights to Camilla Sten’s terrifying and internationally acclaimed The Lost Village have been sold to nineteen territories…
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YA: Rumors and Lies

You may have heard the rumors . . . and they’re all true. YA authors Dhonielle Clayton and E. Lockhart will be spilling the beans about how words can be more deadly than they seem. Set in a lavish preparatory school, Dhonielle Clayton’s…
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Castles, Canals, and Freeways: Historical Mysteries of the Twentieth Century

If you prefer your mysteries full of good old-fashioned atmospheric intrigue, this session is for you. Three spellbinding storytellers take us back in time, where the period details are as vivid as the suspense is spine-tingling. With the “fascinating”…
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Noir at the Bar

An in-person festival staple returns at long last! Time to savor the eerie ambience of foggy alleys, enigmatic clues, and hard-boiled detecting—and the drinks they pair with beautifully. Nordic noir superstars Thomas Enger (Unhinged), Carin…
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How to Write a Mystery

What elevates a mystery beyond the predictable and into the realm of edge-of-your-seat, stay-up-until-3 a.m. enthrallment? Four experts in suspense unravel the secrets to making pages turn and spines tingle. Your mentors in mystery are Dale…
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Women Lit and Sausalito Books By the Bay Present: The Mysteries of Being Human, with Award Winning Author Heather Young

The San Francisco Chronicle called Heather Young’s The Distant Dead, a gripping coming-of-age thriller newly out in paperback, "a breathtaking read, with flawed and authentic characters who hit so close to home that at times it is impossible…
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Noir at the Bar

There's no better way to celebrate the Bay Area's love of noir than to toast six international mystery writers who have mastered the form. Make Dashiell Hammett proud by ordering a dirty martini (or some other hard-boiled cocktail) and listening…
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The Committed: Viet Thanh Nguyen on Betrayal and Belonging

Viet Thanh Nguyen burst onto the literary scene with The Sympathizer, an "intelligent, relentlessly paced and savagely funny" (Wall Street Journal) debut novel that won 2016's Pulitzer Prize in fiction.  The world has been waiting ever since…
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True Stories, Told Exceedingly Well

What do we mean when we demand that a story be “truthful”? Are we concerned more with factual accuracy, or do we crave a deeper, more figurative truth grounded in sensations perhaps exaggerated? Consider Exhibit A: Two titles, one about…