2007 Library News

Bestselling Mystery Writer Sue Grafton To Speak at Downtown Library

Bestselling mystery author, Sue Grafton of the Kinsey Millhone alphabet thrillers, will speak at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 10am.

The informal Q&A session will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the fourth floor 46th Star Auditorium at the Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.

“We want everyone to meet Sue Grafton,” said Downtown librarian Darlene Browers, “and learn some of the tricks of the mystery writing trade.  If anyone knows how it’s done, it’s the author of the Kinsey Millhone series.”

Grafton is a staunch defender of the crime fiction genre, believing that these are stories in which justice will out.  Sometimes the law is circumvented, but, in the end, her criminals get what’s coming to them.

“Lots of people think they have a good mystery plot floating around in their head,” Browers added.  “All they need is some understanding of how to expand it into a full-length novel.  I think Grafton can help with that.”

“Ideas are easy,” Grafton has written.  “It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats. I read newspapers, textbooks on crime. I talk to private investigators, police officers, jail administrators, doctors, lawyers, career criminals. Ideas are everywhere. I expend the greatest energy testing ideas...shaping and structuring and developing a storyline to make sure it's substantial; something that will entertain the reader from beginning to middle to end.

For more information, call 231-8650.

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