Among other interesting tidbits, mystery lovers will learn about the punjab lasso (used in the Phantom of the Opera and now in a Michigan-based mystery) which will probably put them in seventh heaven (or wherever they go) at the 10th annual Kerrytown BookFest 11 a..m.-5 p.m. Sunday September 9 in Ann Arbor Michigan. The BookFest is free, is in a covered venue (the Ann Arbor’s Farmer’s Market on 4th and Kingsley) and is the largest book festival in Michigan.
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At 1:00 p.m. a panel discussion with some of the best writers in America will get the mystery train on the track with “Three Awesome Mystery Babes & One Mysterious Dude” featuring moderator and author Bryan Gruley (his newest book is “Skeleton Box”, a Michigan based mystery). Gruley leads a discussion with Kelly Nichols (one half of P.J. Parish, the sisters write another series with a strong Michigan presence), Julie Kramer, author of the Riley Spartz mysteries, and Emmy Award winning Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of “The Other Woman” as well as the Charlotte McNally series. Between the authors they have been nominated for the Edgar, the Anthony, the Shamus, the Barry, the Agatha and the Macavity Awards – in short, every award the mystery community has to offer.
At 2 p.m., three other mystery writers: Doug Allyn, D.E. Johnson and Loren Estleman will be on a panel with author Larry D. Sweazy to discuss the various ways Loren D. Estleman’s mentorship has helped them in getting published. Allyn serves as moderator, and Estleman will respond to the comments and provide his point of view. Estleman’s newest Amos Walker mystery is “Burning Midnight” is the 22nd in the series set in Detroit. Just recently D. E. Johnson whose novels are also set in Detroit during the early age of the auto industry had his newest book “Detroit Breakdown”
reviewed by Robin Agnew proprietor of Aunt Agatha’s mystery bookstore in Ann Arbor and president of the Kerrytown BookFest. Read the review at annarbor.com. Johnson’s newest book takes place in 1912 in Detroit’s Eloise hospital for the insane when an auto industry executive and amateur detective goes undercover to prove his beau’s brother is innocent of murder. Johnson craftily uses the punjab lasso to kill people in his third book in the series.
At 3 p.m. editor and writer Jeremiah Chamberlain, of The Fiction Writer’s Review and a professor at the University of Michgan, interviews Pulitzer prize winning journalist and novelist Julia Keller. Keller’s new book is a crime novel, “A Killing in the Hills” which is getting a lot of attention nationally.
It’s quite a lineup for mystery authors once again at the Kerrytown BookFest.