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Laura Lippman & Cosmo Magazine’s John Searles on creating femme noir

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Join us for wine, bites and a masterclass in crime fiction from one of the most celebrated novelists working today. New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman talks with novelist and Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Editor-at-Large, John Searles, about creating a new killer genre — femme noir — with her new novel, SUNBURN (

“Loving Laura Lippman's new novel, SUNBURN. Suspenseful as hell, and she writes like a dream. It's got a cool James M. Cain vibe. Lippman's always good, but this is a cut above.”
— Stephen King

"Every time Laura Lippman comes out with a new book, I get chills because I know I am back in the hands of the master. She is simply a brilliant novelist, an unflinching chronicler of life in America right now, and SUNBURN is her dark, gleaming noir gem. Read it."
— Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of ‘Gone Girl’

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6:00-6:30 PM: Doors open — Networking with drinks & hors d'oeuvres

6:30-7:30 PM: #ScribdChat with novelist Laura Lippman & John Searles

7:30-8:00 PM: Networking and departure

Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has won more than 20 awards for her fiction—and been nominated for 30 more. Since her debut in 1997, she has published 20 novels, a novella and a collection of short stories. Lit Hub recently named her one of the "essential" female crime writers of the last 100 years. She also has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and T magazine. Her novel Every Secret Thing, optioned for film by Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014, starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, and Dakota Fanning. Laura lives in Baltimore with her husband, David Simon, and their daughter.

Bestselling author of HELP FOR THE HAUNTED, STRANGE BUT TRUE and BOY STILL MISSING. He also serves as the Editor-at-Large at Cosmopolitan Magazine.


“I feel like it creates a whole new category, which I’m thinking of as ‘femme noir’ [...] She’s taken this traditional noir structure of a man sweeping in to save a woman who then turns around and eats his heart out—she’s turned that notion on its head.” (Wall Street Journal)

“The ingenious plot evolves into myriad twists that are as believable as they are surprising [...] SUNBURN delivers one of the year’s most intriguing mysteries.” (Associated Press)

“This is Lippman at her observant, fiercest best, a force to be reckoned with in crime fiction.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Ingeniously constructed and extremely suspenseful, the novel keeps us guessing right up until its final moments. Lippman is a popular and dependable writer, and this homage to classic noir showcases a writer at the height of her powers.” (Booklist (starred review))