Guests Of Honor
2017 GUESTS OF HONOR
Keynote – David Baldacci
David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 32 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film, and its #1 bestselling sequel, The Keeper.
A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.
While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need. http://davidbaldacci.com/
Dr. Vincent Di Maio is a Forensic Pathologist who has performed over 9,000 autopsies over 40 years of work. He served as the chief medical examiner in Dallas and San Antonio for over 30 years. He obtained his medical degree from SUNY—Downstate Medical Center—in Brooklyn, New York in 1965. He is board-certified in Anatomical, Clinical and Forensic Pathology. He also received the Milton Helpern Award, presented by the Pathology/Biology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Milton Helpern Laureate Award, presented by the National Association of Medical Examiners.
One of the foremost experts in gunshot wounds, he retired in 2006 and now works as a consultant and expert witness. As a consultant he has worked on such celebrity cases as Trayvon Martin, Phil Spector, and the exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald. Over his career he has worked with Dr Henry Lee, Dr G, and Dr Michael Baden.
His book Morgue: A Life in Death, is a recounting of some of these stories, revealing anecdotes, and insider details. This title has been nominated for the 2017 Edgar® Awards.
Sunday Guest of Honor – Jeff Lindsay
Jeff Lindsay is the award-winning author of the eight NY Times bestselling “Dexter” novels upon which the international hit TV show “Dexter” is based. His books appear in 43 languages around the world.
Although a full-time writer now, he has worked as an actor, comic, director, MC, bouncer, teacher, singer, songwriter, composer, musician, sportscaster, voice-over artist, dishwasher, teacher, coach, steel worker, cook, detective, gardener, greeting card salesman and sailing instructor.
Jeff performed extensively as a solo singer/guitarist on the coffee house circuit and later with a series of bands in the L.A. club scene of the early 1980s. Lindsay has written twenty-two plays that have been produced in New York, New Haven, Key West, Pittsburgh, London and California.
For 5 years Jeff wrote “Fatherhood,” a semi-syndicated weekly column on parenting from the male perspective. He hosted several local PBS-TV shows, and a documentary, Hemingway In Cuba, which was seen nationally on PBS.
An enthusiastic cook, he also fishes, cruises on his 36-foot trawler, and acts as a trampoline for his three daughters
Publisher Guest of Honor – Neil S. Nyren
Neil S. Nyren is the Executive VP, Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Random House. He has been at Putnam for over 32 years, and before that, at E.P. Dutton, Little Brown, Random House, Arbor House, and Atheneum. He is honored to be the recipient of the 2017 Ellery Queen Award from Mystery Writers of America. Among his current authors of crime and suspense are Clive Cussler, Ken Follett, C.J. Box, John Sandford, Robert Crais, Jack Higgins, W.E.B. Griffin, Frederick Forsyth, Randy Wayne White, Alex Berenson, Ace Atkins, Alex Grecian, Carol O’Connell, Owen Laukkanen, Michael Sears, and Todd Moss. He edits nonfiction, too, but you didn’t come here for that, did you?
Reed Farrel Coleman
Reed Farrel Coleman’s love of storytelling originated on the streets of Brooklyn and was nurtured by his teachers, friends, and family. A New York Times bestselling author, he’s been called a hard-boiled poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan and a “noir poet laureate” in the Huffington Post. Reed is the author of numerous novels, including Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series, the acclaimed Moe Prager series, plus many short stories and poems.
Reed is a three-time Edgar Award nominee in three different categories—Best Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story—and a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel of the Year. He has also won the Audie, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards.His recent title, Where It Hurts, has been nominated for the 2017 Edgar® Awards.
A former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America, Reed is an adjunct instructor of English at Hofstra University and a founding member of MWA University. Brooklyn born and raised, he now lives with his family–including cats Cleo and Knish–in Suffolk County on Long Island. http://reedcoleman.com/
SJ Rozan, a native New Yorker, is the author of fifteen novels and four dozen short stories. Her work has won the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity awards for Best Novel and the Edgar for Best Short Story. She’s also the recipient of the Japanese Maltese Falcon Award. Bronx Noir, a short story anthology SJ edited, was chosen NAIBA “Notable Book of the Year.”
SJ has served on the National Boards of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and is ex-President of the Private Eye Writers of America. She speaks, lectures and teaches, and she runs a summer writing workshop in Assisi, Italy.
At SleuthFest 2011, she was our Thursday Spotlight Guest, and gave a plenary speech UR-Stories and Snobs: Why Genre Matters.
In January 2003 SJ was an invited speaker at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 2005 Left Coast Crime convention in El Paso, Texas made her its Guest of Honor and she was Toastmaster at Bouchercon 2009. A former architect in a practice that focused on police stations, firehouses, and zoos, SJ Rozan lives in lower Manhattan. http://sjrozan.net/
Jane K. Cleland is the author of the multiple award-winning Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries (St. Martin’s Minotaur and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine) and the just-released Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot (Writer’s Digest Books), which Louise Penny called “Brilliant! A gold mine of information.” This title has been nominated for an Agatha Award in the Best Nonfiction category.
Jane is a featured speaker at major writing conferences, the chair of the Black Orchid Novella Award, and a former president of Mystery Writers of America/New York Chapter. She’s a member of the full time faculty at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York. www.janecleland.com
Jess Lourey (rhymes with “dowry”) is best known for her critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing “a splendid mix of humor and suspense.” Jessica also writes sword and sorcery fantasy, YA, magical realism, literary fiction, and thrillers. She is a tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft’s 2014 Excellence in Teaching fellowship, and a sought-after workshop leader and keynote speaker who delivered the 2016 “Rewrite Your Life” TEDx Talk.
When not teaching, reading, traveling, writing, or hanging out with her family, you can find her dreaming of her next story. SALEM’S CIPHER, the first book in her thrilling Witch Hunt Series, hits stores September 2016, and REWRITE YOUR LIFE, which walks readers through the process of transforming personal experience into page-turning fiction, comes out May 2017. You can find out more at www.jessicalourey.com