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John Copenhaver and Tara Laskowski Discuss the Many Faces of Crime Fiction

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 6:30pm

Copenhaver and Laskowski write very different types of crime fiction: amateur-sleuth historical and domestic suspense.  

What makes them the same?  What makes them different?  

Discover the myriad interpretations of the genre as explored by these two masters!!!

John Copenhaver’s Anthony, Macavity, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lammy Award-nominated historical crime novel, Dodging and Burning (Pegasus, 2018), received a Publishers Weekly starred review, and Library Journal starred review and Debut of the Month. The Associated Press calls it “a riveting debut,” and BOLO Books: “A masterwork of tone and voice … a beacon for voices too often stifled.” Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called “Blacklight,” and he is the five-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He’s a Lambda Fellow, and he has completed residencies at VCCA, VSC, and Ragdale. He’s a Larry Neal awardee, and his work has appeared in CrimeReads, Electric Lit, Glitterwolf, PANK, New York Journal of Books, Washington Independent Review of Books, and others. He chairs the 7-12 grade English department at Flint Hill School. He grew up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia and currently lives in DC with his husband, artist Jeffery Paul (Herrity).  

Tara Laskowski iis the award-winning author of the debut novel, One Night Gone, and two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders. She was the longtime editor of the online flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly, is an Agatha Award winner, and a member of Sisters in Crime. A graduate of Susquehanna University and George Mason University, Tara grew up in Pennsylvania and lives in Virginia.

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