KGB: MWA Reading

February 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tom Avitabile, a senior v.p./creative director at a New York advertising firm, is a writer, director, and producer with numerous film and TV credits. His three-book “thrillogy” follows the exploits of science advisor to the President, “Wild” Bill Hiccock. The first techno-thriller of this series, The Eighth Day, became a Barnes and Noble #1 bestseller as did his thriller, The Devil’s Quota. His latest hardcover, Give Us This Day, was just released to rave reviews.

Joseph Goodrich is the author of the Edgar-Award winning play Panic and the editor of the Anthony- and Agatha-nominated Blood Relations: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947-1950. His short stories have appeared in two MWA anthologies, and he is a regular contributor to Mystery Scene Magazine. Many years ago, he was the Assistant Superintendent of The Llama Show at the Minnesota State Fair---two years in a row. He hasn’t written about this . . . yet.

Charles Graeber is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and contributor to numerous publications including Wired, GQ, and The New York Times. His writing has been included in numerous anthologies including The Best American Crime Writing, The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Business Writing, The Best of 10 Years of National Geographic Adventure, The Best of 20 Years of Wired, and The Best American Magazine Writing 2014.

For more than 25 years, Uriel Gribetz has practiced criminal law in the shadows of Yankee Stadium. In 2014, Taconic Murda, the first novel in his Sam Free series, was published by Moonshine Cove Publishing. Gribetz has had short stories published in Blaze Vox and Orchard Press Mysteries, and the first chapter of another of his novels was featured in Noir Originals.

Tim Hall believes that murder isn’t funny—it’s hilarious. He is the author of the Bert Shambles Mysteries, published by Cozy Cat Press. The books follow the adventures of a well-meaning but slightly clueless thrift shop worker who is (unfortunately) also Long Island’s best amateur sleuth. The second book in the series, Tie Died, was released in 2015. Hall lives in New York City with his wife, son, and pet hamster.

Penelope Karageoge is the author of the crime novel, Murder at Tomorrow and Stolen Moments, a novel of mystery and intrigue. Her short stories have appeared in publications, including Mouth Full of Bullets. Her mystery film script, The Neon Jungle, was a winner in the Final Draft script competition. Her poetry appears in anthologies and two collections, Red Lipstick and the Wine-Dark Sea and The Neon Suitcase. She is the director of The Greek-American Writers Association.

Valerie Peterson was a finalist for the 2015 CBS TV Writers Mentoring Program partly on the strength of her TV procedural/mystery drama pilot, Reconciling Jimmy, which also achieved Second Rounder status in the 2015 Austin Film Festival Screenwriters Festival and was a Quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft TV Pilot Launch competition. After publishing four non-fiction books, she is currently completing her first novel, which involves intertwining mysteries, book publishing, epistolary elements, and at least two dead bodies.

Cathi Stoler, an award-winning advertising creative director/copywriter, has turned her hand to writing mysteries, including Telling Lies, Keeping Secrets, and The Hard Way, all of which feature P.I. Helen McCorkendale and magazine editor Laurel Imperiole. Next up for her is a new series starting with Bar None: A Murder On The Rocks Mystery, set in lower Manhattan with bar owner Jude Dillane.

Tonight’s reading is hosted by Scott Adlerberg, vice president of the New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of Spiders and Flies (2012), Jungle Horses (2014), and Graveyard Love (2016), which was published earlier this month by Broken River Books.

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