Jun 21-23, 2024
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Wine and Crime: The art of the Mystery Novel

George Orwell loved to write about popular entertainment whether it was boy’s weeklies, saucy seaside postcards, or, as in his essays, “Raffles and Miss Blandish,” (1944), and “Decline of the English Murder,” (1946), the enduring appeals of murder mysteries and true crime. Were he alive today, Orwell might be inspired by the ways in which contemporary writers are playing with the classic formula in bold and exciting ways. Caroline Kepnes creates a sly and uncomfortable complicity between reader and villain in her novel-turned-hit Netflix series,You and its successors. Brendan Slocumb’s acclaimed debut, The Violin Conspiracy, a pacy mystery set in the world of classical music is simultaneously a coming-of-age novel of a poor Black violin prodigy in a deeply elitist institution. Wine will be served. Sponsored by The Pale.

Jun 17, 2023, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Krause Recital Hall, DVAA, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, New York
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Caroline Kepnes

Caroline Kepnes is the author of You, Hidden Bodies, Providence, You Love Me, and numerous short stories. Her work has been translated into a multitude of languages and inspired a television series adaptation of You, currently on Netflix. Kepnes graduated from Brown University and previously worked as a pop culture journalist for Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer for 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and now lives in Los Angeles.

Brendan Slocumb

Brendan Nicholaus Slocumb was born in Yuba City, California and was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He holds a degree in music education (with concentrations in violin and viola) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For more than twenty years he has been a public and private school music educator and has performed with orchestras throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

Brendan is the author of The Violin Conspiracy (GMA Book Club Pick) and Symphony of Secrets.

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