Mysteries and True Crime

Mysteries and True Crime

Killers of the Flower Moon: David Grann on Murder and the FBI

Saturday October 12th, 5:00pm-6:15pm Harris Theater, George Mason University

In his New York Times bestselling true crime book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,David Grann dives into the cold-blooded murders of the Osage Indian nation in the 1920s, the disastrous FBI investigation, and the exposure of one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. Named Best Book of the Year by over a dozen publications, including The Wall Street Journal and NPR, Killers of the Flower Moon is now in film production with Martin Scorcese as director and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Sponsored by the George Mason Friends.

Mason’s Alumni Reading

Friday October 11th, 4:00pm-5:15pm Fenwick Library Reading Room, 2nd Floor Room 2001

In his novel The Vain Conversation, Anthony Grooms tells the story of a 1946 lynching of two black couples from three perspectives.

Tara Laskowski’s One Night Gone explores a dis-appearance and the woman who, thirty years later, is drawn into the mystery of a beachside town.

Grooms and Laskowski will be joined by fellow authors Tracy Zeman and Kathy Goodkin.

Sweet Little Lies: How Secrets Can Shape a Story

Saturday October 12th, 11:45am-1:00pm Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Merten Hall Lawn

In Erica Wright’s The Blue Kingfisher, master of disguise, Kat Stone, tries droppable-1569249780244to be herself for once and trouble seems to find her with or without her favorite wig. In G.M. Malliet’s In Prior’s Wood, the sermon of the vicar of St. Edwold’s Church in the village of Nether Monkslip is interrupted when the lady of the local manor house is found in a suicide pact with her young lover.
In Laurie Loewenstein’s Death of a Rainmaker, a rainmaker is bludgeoned in the pitch-blackness of a colossal dust storm in the hard times of the 1930’s Dust Bowl.
In John Gilstrap’s Total Mayhem, a ticking time bomb of a thriller, freelance operative Jonathan Grave penetrates a terrorist cell to stop the detonation of total mayhem on home ground.
Susan Richards Shreve _More News Tomorrow

Now I Long For Yesterday: Searching for Truth

Saturday October 12th, 1:00pm-2:15pm Merten Hall, Room 1202

Acclaimed writer Susan Richards Shreve navigate truths, memory, and identity. Called “A compelling, atmospheric family drama” by People, Shreve’s latest book, More News Tomorrow, follows Georgie and her parents on parallel trips up the dangerous Bone River in 2008 and 1914, as Georgie tries to uncover the mystery of her mother’s murder and her father’s confession.
Shreve will be joined by fellow authors Helon Habila and Rion Amilcar Scott.

Where the Crawdads Sing: A Conversation with Delia Owens

Saturday October 12th, 3:30pm-4:45pm Harris Theater, George Mason University

Delia Owens takes to the stage to discuss her #1 New York Times bestselling novel Where the Crawdads Sing. The book follows “Marsh Girl” Kya Clark, who has survived for years alone in the lush marshes of North Carolina. Two local boys become enraptured by her wild beauty and when someone is murdered, the town suspects her. The New York Times Book Review calls it “A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.” Where the Crawdads Sing is the top-selling book of 2019. Sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.