It’s a Mystery to Me: Crime Fighting Authors

Mon., June 26
10:30-11:30 a.m.
McCormick Place West, W184a

Join Scott Turow, Kate White, Brian Pinkerton, Diane Vallere, and Susanna Calkins as they discuss their latest books and their lives as writers. A book signing will follow. Moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

Scott Turow (photo credit: Jeremy Lawson Photography)Scott Turow

Testimony, Grand Central Publishing/Hachette
May 2017; $28; 9781455553549

Scott Turow is the author of 10 bestselling works of fiction, including Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

Kate White (photo credit: Keith Major)Kate White

Even If It Kills Her, Harper Paperbacks, HarperCollins

Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the standalone psychological thrillers The Wrong Man, Eyes on You, Hush, The Sixes, and the Bailey Weggins mystery series. White is also the author of popular career books for women, including I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve and editor of the Anthony and Agatha Award nominated The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For. She lives in New York City.


Brian PinkertonBrian Pinkerton

Bender, Crossroad Press
March 2015; $14.99; 9781941408261

Brian Pinkerton is a USA Today bestselling author of fiction in the suspense, thriller, mystery and horror genres. His novels include Abducted, Vengeance, Killer's Diary, Rough Cut, Anatomy of Evil, and How I Started the Apocalypse. He received a master's degree from Northwestern University and a B.A. from the University of Iowa, where he took undergraduate courses in the Iowa Writers' Workshop.



Diane Vallere Diane Vallere

The Decorator Who Knew Too Much, Henery Press
April 2017; $15.95; 9781635111958

Diane Vallere is a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. She is the president of Sisters in Crime, and writes the Samantha Kidd, Madison Night, Material Witness, and Costume Shop Cozy Mysteries. She started her own detective agency at age 10 and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since.



Susanna Calkins Susanna Calkins

A Death Along the River Fleet, Minotaur Books St. Martin's Press
April 2016; $25.95; 9781250057372

Susanna Calkins is the author of the award-winning Lucy Campion historical mysteries published by Minotaur (St. Martin’s). Her books have been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Lefty (Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery) and Macavity awards. A historian by training, Calkins is an educator at Northwestern University. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she lives outside Chicago now, with her husband and two sons.