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All events take place at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, unless noted. Sunday afternoon’s session is free and open to the public: first-come, first-seated. All other sessions require advance registration.
*All events and speakers are subject to change. Schedule valid as of 01/09/2014.


  • 1:00-5:00 pm Registration & Check-in

(Please note that the San Carlos will be closed to the public between 5:00-7:00 p.m.)

  • 7:45… Opening Remarks: Lynn Kaufelt, KWLS President & Co-founder; Rafael Peñalver, San Carlos Institute President.
  • 8:00… Sara Paretsky: My Quest for Heroes: Voice and Voicelessness
    The John Hersey Memorial Address

Reception to follow at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, 907 Whitehead St.


  • 9:30-9:40 am. Introduction: Nancy Klingener, on behalf of the Program Committee
  • 9:40-10:10…  “The Mastiff”: A reading by Joyce Carol Oates
  • 10:10-10:55… Scott Turow: My Life in Crime Fiction.
  • 10:55-11:30… Gillian Flynn: “Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.”
  • 11:50-12:30 pm. Crime writers are not psychotic. They’re just like you. What is behind our fascination with violence, crime, and evil? Do crime writers bear any moral responsibility or are they simply entertainers? Megan Abbott, John Katzenbach, Sara Paretsky, and John Sandford. Moderator:  Jonathan Santlofer

Book Signings: Joyce Carol Oates, Sara Paretsky, Scott Turow

  • 2:15-2:45… Joyce Carol Oates with Jonathan Santlofer: Literature, Shadows, and the Dark Side of Life
  • 2:45-3:30…  Beyond Genre: William Gibson and James Gleick
  • 3:50-4:00… Billy Collins
  • 4:00-4:45… The Moral Impulse in a Shadowy World: Strip Malls, Spies, Secrets, and Twisted Times. Stephen L. Carter, Attica Locke, and Joseph Kanon

Book Signings: Stephen L. Carter, William Gibson, Joseph Kanon, Attica Locke

  • 6:00-7:00 pm. Cocktail reception at San Carlos Institute
  • 7:00-7:45… Carl Hiaasen: The Florida Freak Show
    John Malcolm Brinnin Memorial Event

Book Signing: Carl Hiaasen


  • 9:30-9:40 am. Announcements
  • 9:40-10:00… James W. Hall “Going Dark.”
  • 10:00-10:30… Bad Monkeys and Gone Girls: A Sure-to-Be-Hilarious Conversation with Gillian Flynn and Carl Hiaasen
  • 10:30-11:15… Alexander McCall Smith: “Mysteries Set Elsewhere”
  • 11:35-11:45… Billy Collins
  • 11:45-12:30 pm. Crime Fiction and the Literary Canon: Why everyone has forgotten that Crime & PunishmentAn American Tragedy, and Lolita are crime fiction. James W. Hall, Jonathan Santlofer, and Les Standiford

Book Signings: Billy Collins, Gillian Flynn, Jonathan Santlofer, Alexander McCall Smith

  • 2:00-2:30… Megan Abbott: There’s Something Dangerous About Teenage Girls: The Erotic and the Dark Side
  • 2:30-3:00… The Law is a Jealous Mistress: The highs and lows of dual careers as attorney and novelist. Stephen L. Carter and Scott Turow
  • 3:00-3:30… “Once We Were Journalists: Truth & Fiction” John Katzenbach, Laura Lippman, John Sandford
  • 3:50-4:30… The Joys and Sorrows of Genre: William Gibson, Joseph Kanon, Laura Lippman, Scott Turow. Moderator: Jonathan Santlofer

Book Signings: Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman, John Sandford

  • 6:15-7:00… “Rites of Passage:  A conversation between two dear friends.” Alexander McCall Smith and Joseph Kanon.
  • 7:00-9:30… Dinner at the Harry S. Truman Little White House, 111 Front St.


  • 9:30-9:40 am. Announcements
  • 9:40-10:00…  “Deciding What to Do: The Case of Isabel Dalhousie” A Reading with Alexander McCall Smith
  • 10:00-10:40… The Uses and Abuses of History:  Tuberculosis, Morphine, and Lincoln.  Megan Abbott, Stephen L. Carter, Attica Locke, Les Standiford
  • 10:40-11:15… Fatal Vision: The Imprint of True-Crime Movies: Megan Abbott, Gillian Flynn, and Laura Lippman
  • 11:35-12:15 pm. Psychological Tension: Going Dark: James W. Hall, John Katzenbach, Les Standiford, and Scott Turow
  • 12:15-1:00… Adaptation by Hollywood and Other Disasters: Joseph Kanon, John Katzenbach, Attica Locke, and John Sandford

Book Signings: James W. Hall,  John Katzenbach, Les Standiford

  • 1:00-2:30… Conch Chowder Luncheon at the Oldest House Museum & Garden, 322 Duval St.

Peggy V. Helmerich Spotlight
Free and open to the public. Doors open at 1:45 pm.
San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street

  • 2:00-2:10 pm. Introduction. Miles Frieden, Executive Director
  • 2:10-2:20… Billy Collins
  • 2:20-2:50… Gillian Flynn: “What I Find In the Dark”
  • 2:50-3:20… Alexander McCall Smith: “Decent Villains”
  • 3:20-4:00… The Dark Side and the Restoration of Order: Stephen L. Carter, William Gibson, James W. Hall,  and John Sandford. Moderator: Jonathan Santlofer

Book Signings: Stephen L. Carter, Billy Collins, William Gibson, James W. Hall, John Sandford, Alexander McCall Smith