Friday, September 12, 2014

The Big Book Club Getaway Presents "Mystery and Martinis" at the Kate

There's mystery and suspense brewing at the The Kate! 

Saturday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m., join the folks that bring you the Big Book Club Getaway and meet bestselling mystery and suspense authors at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT.

There will be Martinis, Hors D'oeuvres, Books and More!  

Here are the authors who will be in attendance!

Tess Gerritsen: Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, Adrift, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

John Searles: John was born and raised in New England, the son of a truck-driver father and stay-at-home mom. When he was a teen, his parents announced that they were going to start sending him trucking with his dad in order to “make a man out of him.” Since there was only so long he could stare out the window or listen to the crackle of other truckers’ voices on the CB, John began devouring books on those trips – most were by Stephen King and John Irving, since those were the mass market titles available at truck stops, along with his father’s trucker erotica, which John would sneak out from their hiding place beneath the mattress in the back. Those books, and all the miles on the road, might not have made a man out of him in the way his parents intended, but they did make him a reader and writer.

Lisa Unger: New York Times and internationally bestselling author Lisa Unger‘s accolades include selections as an International Thriller Writers “Best Novel” finalist, a Silver Medal winner in the Florida Book Awards, a Prix Polar International Award finalist, and a Target “Emerging Author.” Her writing has been hailed as “stellar” (USA Today), “sophisticated” (New York Daily News) and “meaningful” (Washington Post) with “gripping narrative and evocative, muscular prose” (Associated Press). Her novels have been named Indie Next, Walmart Book Club, Today, Good Morning America, Harper’s Bazaar, Washington Life, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Publishers Weekly Best Book, International Book of the Month, and Amazon Top Ten Thriller picks. More than 1.7 million copies of her books have been sold in twenty-six languages. She lives in Florida.

Alafair Burke: Alafair Burke is the author of two power house series that have earned her a reputation for creating strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid. Alafair’s novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in America’s police precincts and criminal courtrooms, and have been featured by The Today Show, People Magazine, The New York Times, MSNBC, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Chicago Sun-Times. According to Entertainment Weekly, Alafair “is a terrific web spinner” who “knows when and how to drop clues to keep readers at her mercy.”

David Handler: a recovering journalist who was born and raised in Los Angeles and wrote two highly acclaimed novels about growing up there, Kiddo and Boss, before resorting to a life of crime fiction. He is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Stewart Hoag and Berger & Mitry mysteries. He has also won an American Mystery Award and been a finalist for the Anthony, Dilys and Derringer Awards. Runaway Man, his first novel to feature the feisty 137-pound New York City private eye Benji Golden, debuted last fall. He is currently at work on a sequel. His tenth Berger & Mitry novel, The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb, was published in March by Minotaur. Mr. Handler, who has written extensively for television and film on both coasts, presently lives in a 200-year-old carriage house in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Our moderator for the evening, Hank Phillippi Ryan, is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won 32 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. A bestselling author of seven mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: the Agatha, Anthony, Daphne, Macavity, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Her newest thriller, The Wrong Girl, has the extraordinary honor of winning the 2013 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, and the 2014 Daphne Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense! A six-week Boston Globe bestseller, it is also an Anthony nominee, a Patriot Ledger bestseller, and was dubbed “Another winner” in a Booklist starred review and “Stellar” by Library Journal. She’s a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime. Watch for her next novel, Truth Be Told, on October 7, 2014.

And it's all for a good cause!

Our charity partner for this year’s Big Book Getaway event at The Kate is REACH OUT AND READ CT.  Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. When you purchase your ticket to our September 27th event on our website, BE SURE TO ENTER THE PROMOTIONAL CODE "READ" , and REACH OUT AND READ CT will receive $10 from that ticket purchase.

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