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HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Friends of the Sims Library will present a free panel discussion by three acclaimed area mystery writers Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
"We Done It! Mystery Writers Probe Their Craft" will be presented as part of Fanfare, Southeastern's annual fall festival of the arts and humanities. The panel will be moderated by historian, biographer and mystery buff Patricia Brady of New Orleans and will feature the writers discussing their work, writing habits and the art of writing mysteries and thrillers.
Participating on the panel are writers Erica Spindler of Covington and Bill Loehfelm and Greg Herron of New Orleans. The authors will be signing their books following the panel discussion.
Spindler is an international bestselling author of 30 novels, including 19 suspense novels. Published in 25 countries, Spindler has been lauded for offering "thrill-packed page turners, white-knuckle rides and edge-of-your-seat whodunits." She is a recipient of the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence, a Kiss of Death Award, and a Listen-Up Award. Her latest novel is "Justice for Sara."
Loehfelm is the author of four thrillers and numerous stories. His first novel, "Fresh Kills," won the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. His latest two books – "The Devil She Knows" and "The Devil in Her Way" – feature a New Orleans Police officer. Born in Brooklyn and reared on Staten Island, he moved to New Orleans in 1997.
Herren has written 19 novels, including two series of mystery novels featuring gay private investigators Chanse MacLeod and Scotty Brady. The author of numerous short stories, Herren writes for adults and teens and has been included in several anthologies. He is currently president of the Southwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and the recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards and 10 additional Lambda nominations.
For additional information, contact the Sims Memorial Library at 985-549-3860.