Crime Fiction at the LA Times Festival of Books

The full slate of programming at next month’s LA Times Festival of Books is pretty rockin’, but let’s focus in on the crime fiction panels, of which there are a number of excellent ones.

Two of those panels will be moderated by me. On Saturday at 1:30 PM in Room 147 at Dodd Hall (aka Mystery Alley) there’s “Mysteries: Black & White” with Denise Hamilton and Book Prize finalists Michael Koryta and Simon Lewis. On Sunday at 10:30 AM, also in Mystery Alley, the panel chairs will be occupied by Joe Gores, Tom Epperson and once again, Ms. Hamilton as we talk about “Cold Cases”. The rest of the crime fiction schedule is below:

Saturday, April 25, 2009

10:30 AM   
Mystery: A Dark & Stormy Night

Moderator:  Lee Goldberg

Jan Burke

Stephen J. Cannell

Robert Dugoni

Craig Johnson

12:00 PM **
Mary & Carol Higgins Clark in Conversation with Amy Alkon**

3:00 PM

Mystery: Cops & Crooks in California

Moderator: Robert Crais

T. Jefferson Parker

Joseph Wambaugh

Don Winslow

Sunday, April 26, 2009

12:00 PM

Mystery: Crime & Punishment

Moderator: Dick Adler

Paul Levine

Lisa Scottoline

Stuart Woods

1:30 PM

Mystery: Guns & Gams

Moderator: Mary McNamara

Cara Black

Harley Jane Kozak

Lisa Lutz

3:00 PM

Mystery: Gun in Cheek

Moderator: Rob Roberge

Thomas Perry

Mark Haskell Smith


Also, James Ellroy will have a solo appearance (intro’ed by Patt Morrison) on Sunday at 12:30. And the Mystery Bookstore will host its annual pre-Festival party on Friday the 24th from 5 to 9 PM, just before the Book Prize ceremony gets underway at the LA Times Building at 8 PM.