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Mystery-Thriller Saturday: An Afternoon of Chaos, Killing, Crime, and Kidnapping





Click HERE to read more about the mystery writers who will participate!



Mystery-Thriller Saturday: An Afternoon of Chaos, Killing, Crime, and Kidnapping @Kepler’s 

Saturday, June 21, 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Peninsula Arts & Letters, Kepler’s Books, Mystery Writers of America (NorCal Chapter) and Sisters in Crime (NorCal Chapter)

This special event is FREE but you must RSVP by either joining our Facebook event or registering at Brown Paper Tickets. 

Click HERE to read more about the mystery writers who will participate! 

1:00 p.m.: The “Rules” of the Publishing Game: The Times They Are A-Changin’

Barry Eisler in conversation with Keith Raffel: traditional publishing versus self-publishing and more.

2:30 p.m.: Face-off: Thriller versus Mysteries. (What’s the Difference and Which Is Better?)

Mystery writers Catriona McPherson and Cara Black will face off against thriller writers Alan Jacobson and Sheldon Siegel in crime fiction’s version of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. This panel will be refereed by Laurie R. King.

4:00 p.m.: Down and Dirty Reviews

Are you writing your first mystery or a thriller? Bring the first page and we’ll throw them in a hat. We’ll pluck out as many as we have time for, and you’ll get expert commentary from Judy Greber (aka Gillian Roberts), John Billheimer, and Terry Shames.

5:00 p.m.: Socializing

All the authors will be around talking about writing and their books. They probably can even be convinced to sign a copy of one of their brilliant novels for you! 

Special bonus: If you are an independently published author, contact us - angelam@keplers.com - and (until space runs out) we will arrange for you to have a table where you can sell your books.

And finally, announcing the Kepler's Crime Fiction Prize

For an unpublished crime fiction novel by an unpublished (fiction) author. The story must have a mystery, thriller, or suspense element.

Submit the first 25 pages to angelam@keplers.com (please put Kepler's Crime Fiction Prize in the subject line) or via mail to
Angela Mann, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park CA 94025. Judging will be done by Kepler's staff. The winner will have his/her book - once published - featured in the window of the store for at least a week.

Submissions must be received by June 6.


Click HERE to find out more about the mystery/thriller writers who are participating. And don't forget to RSVP HERE.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 1:00pm to 5:30pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
94025-4349 Menlo Park