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BASED ON MATERIAL FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

 Lawrence Block What sparks creativity in you? Music? Photography? Dance? Sculpture? For an upcoming anthology, In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper, the editor, Lawrence Block, asked 17 authors to choose one artwork and see what whispered. We all know Lawrence Block. Whether it’s from the entire shelf devoted to him at most bookstores or from the films that have been adapted from his books (most recently, A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson). Or maybe you’ve spotted the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master at meetings of our New York chapter, of which he is a member. We got together a few weeks ago to talk about the new book over lunch. I…

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MYSTERY SOLVED: FROM PAGES TO PRIME TIME

You may recognize Ken Levine as a popular culture commentator on CNN’s recent series The Eighties. His expertise comes from decades as a writer for shows like MASH, Cheers, Frasier, and  The Simpsons, just to name a few. Levine also writes a daily blog laced with insight, wit, and a refreshing bit of snark that focuses mainly (although […]

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JAMES PATTERSON SHOOTS HIS BEST SHOT

James Patterson is about to make his mark in publishing. Again. Nobody would ever accuse the man of being a dilettante. Patterson’s debut book won the Edgar Award in 1977 for Best First Novel. His next, introducing series protagonist Alex Cross, became his first New York Times #1 Bestseller — a step on the road […]

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Mug Shot: Beth Fantaskey

Beth Fantaskey lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband, three daughters, and a menagerie that includes a dog, cat, hermit crab, immortal goldfish, and semi-tame cardinal named Robert. She is the author of the recently released middle-grade mystery Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter; YA mysteries Buzz Kill and Jekel Loves Hyde; as well as YA romances […]

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