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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 01/08/2014.


  • 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…  Elizabeth George: Writing in the Dark, from the Dark, about the Dark: a crime writer’s personal journey through the world of murder, mayhem, and the human mind.
    The John Hersey Memorial Address

Reception to follow at the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, 205 Whitehead Street


  • 9:30-9:40 am. Introduction: Nancy Klingener, on behalf of the Program Committee
  • 9:40-9:55…  Lisa Unger: In the Blood
  • 9:55-10:30… A Life of Crime. Otto Penzler: My life and times as a bookseller, collector, reader, editor, and publisher.
  • 10:30-11:05… Lee Child: The Prehistoric Roots of Storytelling: Suspense stories were the first and are still the best.
  • 11:25-11:45… Malla Nunn: “A Beautiful Place to Die: Writing Crime from the Dark Heart of Africa”
  • 11:45-12:30 pm The Beauty and Grace of Language and Plot in Crime Fiction: John Banville, Thomas H. Cook, Elizabeth George, and Sara Gran. Moderator: Mary Morris.

Book Signings: Thomas H. Cook, Elizabeth George, Malla Nunn, Otto Penzler

  • 2:00-2:45…  Percival Everett: I am not Sidney Poitier: The Dark Parody. (Or, How I Wandered Into A Crime Novel and Came Out Swinging.)
  • 2:45-3:40… Alafair Burke, Michael Connelly, and Michael Koryta: Before a Word is Written: The Creative Process Revealed:
  • 4:00-4:45… Why Crime? What is behind our fascination with violence, crime, and evil? What are the moral and artistic responsibilities of crime fiction? Tess Gerritsen, Sara Gran, James W. Hall, and Lisa Unger

Book Signings:  Alafair Burke, Percival Everett, Beverly Lowry, Daniel Menaker

  • 6:00-7:00 pm. Cocktail reception at San Carlos Institute
  • 7:00-7:45… Two Hats: John Banville and Benjamin Black in conversation, moderated by James Gleick
    John Malcolm Brinnin Memorial Event


  • 9:30-9:40 am. Announcements
  • 9:40-9:55… Lee Child: Never Go Back
  • 9:55-10:10… Michael Connelly: The Gods of Guilt
  • 10:10-10:55… Old Friends: How to keep it Alive? Lee Child and Michael Connelly, moderated by Otto Penzler.
  • 11:15-11:45… Lisa Unger: The Journey
  • 11:45-12:30 pm.  Cowboys, Zulus, and Native Americans: Finding meaning, spirit, and humor in the dark side of history.  A conversation with Percival Everett, William Kent Krueger, and Malla Nunn

Book Signings: Lee Child, Michael Connelly, William Kent Krueger, Lisa Unger

  • 2:00-2:30… Michael Koryta: Not just Spooky: The Uses of the Supernatural
  • 2:30-3:15… What Drives Your Novel? Thomas H. Cook, Lyndsay Faye, Sara Gran, and James W. Hall
  • 3:35-3:45… Billy Collins
  • 3:45-4:30… Real Life: What did you make out of yours?  Alafair Burke, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and Michael Koryta

Book Signings: Billy Collins, Tess Gerritsen, Sara Gran, Michael Koryta, Mary Morris

  • 7:00-9:30… Dinner at the Harry S. Truman Little White House, 111 Front St.


  • 9:30-9:40 am. Announcements
  • 9:40-10:10…  Historical Fiction:  How do you get it right? – Lyndsay Faye and Malla Nunn
  • 10:10-10:40… A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Big Screen: John Banville, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, and Sara Gran
  • 10:40-11:20… Serial Crime: How do you keep a series fresh? When is it time to move on?  Alafair Burke, Tess Gerritsen, James W. Hall, and William Kent Krueger. Moderator: Otto Penzler
  • 11:40-12:10 pm. The Johnson, Russo, and Merrill Awards for Emerging Writers. Presented by Robert D. Richardson.
  • 12:10-1:00… Guilty Pleasures: Beyond the Boundaries of Genre. Write What You Don’t Know. Thomas H. Cook, Lyndsay Faye, Elizabeth George, and Michael Koryta. Moderator: Mary Morris

Book Signings: John Banville, Lyndsay Faye, James W. Hall, Mary Morris

  • 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
  • 2:20-2:40… John Banville: “The Maid Dies”
  • 2:40-3:00… Lee Child: “Going Back to Never Go Back”
  • 3:00-3:30… Elizabeth George: Writing “British Mystery” from the State of Washington
  • 3:30-4:15… The Joy of Genre: Telling A Story that Shines Light on the Dark. Lyndsay Faye, James W. Hall, William Kent Krueger, and Malla Nunn

Book Signings: John Banville, Billy Collins, Elizabeth George, Lyndsay Faye, James W. Hall, William Kent Krueger, Malla Nunn