Mystery Novels: A young writer’s beginnings

Saturday, April 29th, 2pm at Duzer’s Local Cafe,  387 Van Duzer St (off Beach St), SINY 10304.

By popular demand, Staten Island OutLOUD’s series for The Big Read on Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” continues into Spring 2017.  Join Island writer Marguerite Maria Rivas for a conversation & reading on some of the mystery novels that have shaped writers’ careers.  What we read as children and as teens can have a powerful effect on our future writing.  For example, the best-selling New York mystery novelist Linda Fairstein notes that the Nancy Drew novels that she read voraciously as a girl helped shape her adult voice as a mystery writer; Prof. Rivas frequently cites the Nancy Drew novels that captured her imagination as a very young writer.

Indeed, Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle influenced the work of Dashiell Hammett, and Hammett in turn inspired the work of many modern mystery writers and crime novelists. Join us for coffee and conversation.

Free copies of “The Maltese Falcon” while supplies last.

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