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Women Writing Mystery: Local mystery authors discuss gender, readership in the genre


Date: March 30, 2010

Times: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: VerĂ³nica Reyes-Escudero

Description:

Women Writing Mystery, a panel discussion featuring local mystery authors Rebecca Cramer, Susan Cummins Miller, Margaret Falk (aka J. Carson Black), and Elizabeth Gunn will be hosted by the University Libraries on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Women Writing Mystery will highlight the valuable contributions women mystery authors have made to literature through their portrayal of strong female protagonists and their insights into contemporary society. The audience, guided by the author panel, will engage in a meaningful discussion about readership by addressing topics including who reads mysteries, favorite mystery writers, and themes in mystery fiction. The panel will also explore the gender component of authorship, including the use of pen names, and will compare publication and readership between women mystery writers and their male counterparts.

Women Writing Mystery reestablishes the Libraries’ series of annual programming to highlight the Women Mystery Writers Collection housed in Special Collections. The Women Mystery Writers Collection has a primary emphasis on Southwestern women mystery authors and includes mystery novels published from the 1950s to present written by female authors who primarily portray female protagonists. Also collected are papers and manuscripts of Southwestern women mystery authors, including the papers of bestselling author J.A. Jance. With more than 1,300 volumes, the collection serves an interdisciplinary audience conducting research in the areas of literature, creative writing, cultural studies, and women’s studies.

For more information about the Women Writing Mystery event or the Women Mystery Writers Collection please contact Verónica Reyes- Escudero at (520) 307-2774.