On Friday, June 8 at the American Women Writers National Museum, five nationally acclaimed mystery writers in the D.C. area will take part in a panel discussion about settings in novels. Place is often considered as important a "character" in a novel as the protagonist and the antagonist, and the panel will talk about how they use the mid-Atlantic and its many famous and less well-known landmarks in their books.
- President Reagan Press Secretary Jim Brady's former deputy—turned thriller author Karna Bodman (Castle Bravo) writes about issues of technology and national defense around the Beltway;
- Agatha Award winner Marcia Talley (Last Refuge) has her protagonist Hannah Ives sleuthing in the Chesapeake Bay and Annapolis area where Tally used to work at the U.S. Naval Academy library;
- Long-time print and radio journalist Ellen Crosby (The Sauvignon Secret), a former U.S. Senate economist, sets her mysteries with vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery in Virginia's wine country;
- Multiple-award winner Donna Andrews (The Real Macaw) features blacksmith Meg Langslow and locales in Andrews' birthplace of Yorktown, Virginia;
- Panel moderator Elizabeth Foxwell reviews books for Publisher's Weekly, is managing editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection and editor of the McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction series.
The event is free and open to the public, with a Meet & Greet from 11:30 to noon and the panel discussion following.
(In order: Donna Andrews, Karna Bodman, Ellen Crosby, Elizabeth Foxwell, Marcia Talley)