Award-winning Investigative Journalist Christine Pelisek Discusses Her Groundbreaking Reporting in The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central with Writer and Editor Joe Donnelly

Thursday, August 17th at 7:00 p.m.

Award-winning crime reporter Christine Pelisek discusses her remarkable new book,The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central, the landmark South Central serial -murder story she broke in 2008, with writer – and former deputy editor of the LA Weekly, the paper which published her cover story – Joe Donnelly. As much about the lesser regard for certain women’s lives as it is an impassioned feat of reporting, this is an important book and discussion. Talk, reading, and signing.

The-Grim-Sleeper-–-revised-cover-approved-2.23.17-275x413Christine Pelisek — petite, blonde, Canadian — seems the least likely reporter to have broken the story on the longest running serial killer west of the Mississippi. But in 2008 she did just that with her cover story for LA Weekly, shedding light on a suspected killer of women in South Central Los Angeles who had been active since the 1980s. Dubbing him “The Grim Sleeper” for his possible long break between murders, Christine was the only one who put the pieces together after the L.A. coroner reluctantly handed her a list of thirty-eight possibly linked homicides in 2006. Lonnie Franklin Jr. was a husband, a father, and neighborhood fixture. The victims were all women; some were prostitutes or drug addicts. The Grim Sleeper captures a singular case but also tells a bigger story: about urban homicide investigations in areas beset by poverty and gang violence; about how a serial killer could continue his macabre work for so long in part due to society’s lack of concern for his victims; and about the power and tenacity of those who refused to let the case go cold.

“This upsetting account of a Los Angeles serial killer, written with passion by Christine Pelisek, an investigative crime reporter who spent 10 years working the case, blurts out a hard truth that no one wants to acknowledge . . . [She] tries to restore dignity to some of the victims by drawing sympathetic and carefully detailed life histories for each and every one of them.” —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

Christine-Pelisek-1Christine Pelisek is an award-winning investigative reporter who has been covering crime for almost fifteen years. She got her big break at LA Weekly and has since covered national stories for The Daily Beast, 20/20, and is now the crime reporter for People. She’s been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, Ottawa Sun and has been interviewed as a crime expert by CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Headline News and the Nancy Grace Show. She lives in Los Angeles.

 

JoeDJoe Donnelly is an award-winning journalist, editor and writer. His short story, “Bonus Baby”, was selected for the prestigious O. Henry Prize Stories 2016 collection, as one of the 20 best short stories of the year. In his past life he was the deputy editor of the LA Weekly and the co-founder/editor of Slake: Los Angeles. Donnelly is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Whittier College.

Author-Dads Henry Dittman, Padraic Duffy, Victor Isaac, Michael Lanahan, Jacob Sidney and French Stewart, Joined by Patrick Duffy, Launch Daddy Drinks, An Epistolary New Work, Based on an Instant Messenger Thread

Thursday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m.

What if an instant messenger thread, started by one desperate dad to his more experienced-at -fathering pals blossomed (like a toe fungus?) into a whole book of Daddy-to-Daddy advice and dude solidarity? And suppose most of them happened to be actors –pretty damn funny, self-deprecating and witty, to boot? You guessed it! It happened here!! So come on by and celebrate the launch of Daddy Drinks with authors and dads Henry Dittman, Padraic Duffy, Victor Isaac, Michael Lanahan, Jacob Sidney and French Stewart. Plus Padraic’s dad, Patrick Duffy, who wrote the foreword! Launch with talk, reading, q&a, and signing.

DaddyDrinksOne very, very late night, in a state of panic, a new dad reaches out to five of his buddies via instant messenger to ask for advice on being a father. What results is a nonstop stream of consciousness as the Daddy Drinks daddies overshare, gripe, grouse, complain, and offer questionable guidance to one another on how to keep their kids alive and their marriages intact. Daddy Drinks is the real transcript lifted from that messenger thread that shines a comedic light on the idea that almost any man can be a father—but almost no father knows what the hell he’s doing! A celebration of the ups and downs of raising a new baby—not just the fatigue and worry—but also the immense joys of newfound fatherhood. Features a begrudging foreword from TV dad Patrick Duffy.

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Patrick Duffy is an American actor, best known for his role on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas, where he played Bobby Ewing. He is the father of two sons, Conor and Padriac.

 

 

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Henry Dittman used to have a career as a working actor on shows such as Mad Men, Entourage, and CSI: Cyber; acting in over 100 television commercials; and spending free time performing award-winning roles in award-winning theater productions with his pals. He went surfing daily, took his wife on spur-of-the-moment vacations, and had NBA season tickets for 14 years—just for fun! Then he became a father, and things completely went to hell.

 

Padraic Duffy

Padraic Duffy is the Managing Director of The Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles and occasionally a playwright when he’s not being vomited on by his wonderful children. Not an actor himself, he is happily surrounded by them: his talented wife, his Daddy Drinks buddies, his father and brother, and his son, who looked him right in the eye and said, “I did not poop my pants.” (Spoiler: he did.)

Victor Isaac

 

Victor Isaac was born a skinny black man. He stopped being skinny shortly after becoming a father. Coincidence? Probably. When not being father, Victor creates art at Sacred Fools Theater. He can be found most Saturday nights hosting “Serial Killers at Sacred Fools Theater” and drinking tequila.

 

Mike LanahanMichael Lanahan is a husband, father, and actor. His dream to be a stay-at-home dad bit him in the butt, and he’s been losing his mind ever since. He often refers to his daughter as the “little terrorist,” “poop princess,” and “hey, you.” Mike has been seen on The Office, Rizzoli & Isles, and Jersey Boys, as well as plays in LA & Off Broadway. He dedicates this book to Finley: First she took him hostage, and now she’s the love of his life. Maybe that’s the Stockholm Syndrome.

 

Jacob SidneyJacob Sidney was recently awarded FATHER OF THE YEAR for teaching his 4-year-old how to get him beers from the fridge during football games. He is author of the full-length solo show called “A Sweet Deal,” as well as numerous short plays, songs, and vocal arrangements.In addition to a long stage acting career, Sidney sings classical baritone and tends bar around Los Angeles.

 

French Stewart

French Stewart became a father shortly after being told by doctors that he had “the most useless seed the medical community had ever witnessed.” Take that, science! His role on Third Rock from the Sun made him a “national treasure” (his words). Since then he can be seen in Inspector Gadget 2, Home Alone 4, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 or any sequel to a children’s movie that none of the original cast members want anything to do with.

New York Times Bestselling Authors Eleanor Brown, Maggie Shipstead and Jennifer L. Scott in Conversation and Reading an Effervescent New Collection of Personal Essays, A Paris All Your Own

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 p.m.

A room of your own was once a fine thing but NOW it might be time for MORE, namely, A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light. Start your summer with a page-turning trip through this wonderfully varied new collection of personal essays by fantastic writers, edited by Eleanor Brown, author of two New York Times bestsellers, including The Light of Paris. Brown, also a contributor, will read and discuss with her fellow contributors, New York Times bestselling authors Jennifer L. Scott, Lessons from Madame Chic, and Maggie Shipstead, Astonish Me. Celebrate Bastille Day weekend with this reading, talk, q&a and signing.

A PARIS ALL YOUR OWN Jacket“My time in Paris,” says New York Times bestselling author Paula McLain (The Paris Wife), “was like no one else’s ever.” For each of the eighteen bestselling authors in this warm, inspiring, and charming collection of personal essays on the City of Light, nothing could be more true.

While all of the women writers featured in  A Paris All Your Own have written books connected to Paris, their personal stories of the city are wildly different. Meg Waite Clayton (The Race for Paris) and M.J. Rose (The Book of Lost Fragrances) share the romantic secrets that have made Paris the destination for lovers for hundreds of years. Susan Vreeland (The Girl in Hyacinth Blue) and J. Courtney Sullivan (The Engagements) peek behind the stereotype of snobbish Parisians to show us real people. From book club favorite Therese Fowler (Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald) to mystery writer Cara Black, author of 17 Aimée Le Duc crime novels set in Paris (most recently Murder in Saint-Germain), historical author Lauren Willig (The Secret History of the Pink Carnation) and memoirist Julie Powell (Julie and Julia), these Parisian memoirs range from laugh-out-loud funny to wistfully romantic to thoughtfully somber and reflective. Perfect for armchair travelers and veterans of Parisian pilgrimages alike.

“An engaging, delightful glimpse into female writers’ experiences in Paris.”—Library Journal

“[A] lively assemblage…The essays offer tantalizing portraits of both the city’s beauty and grit.…What makes this collection a treat are the varying viewpoints about this singular city…A quick and fun read that should delight seasoned travelers as well as those planning their first adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews

Eleanor Brown Author Photo (© Joe Henson, NYC)

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Eleanor Brown  is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of The Weird Sisters and The Light of Paris. She teaches writing workshops at The Writers’ Table in Highlands Ranch, CO, and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, CO, as well as writing conferences and centers nationwide.  Her writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, and journals.

 

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photo by Kevin McIntyre

 

Jennifer L. Scott is the New York Times bestselling author of Lessons from Madame Chic, At Home with Madame Chic and Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. and creator of the blog The Daily Connoisseur. She is a contributing writer for Huffington Post Style and has been featured on CNN, BBC, and CBS News, and in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Daily Mail. 

 

 

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Maggie Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, Seating Arrangements, was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction.

Warmly Praised YA Novelist Leila Howland Launches Hello Sunshine

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m.

Middle Reader and YA novelist Leila Howland returns to Chevalier’s to launch her picaresque new YA novel Hello Sunshine, about a prep school girl from the East Coast who tries her luck in the land of sunshine, landing in L.A. with only a few suitcases and a Hollywood dream. A contemporary riff on a classic tale,  this is a perfect summer read for tweens and teens who adore adventures in La-La Land  and want to travel its highways and byways with a heroine they can root for. Reading, talk, q&a and signing.

Hello Sunshine Book CoverBecca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying. Unfortunately, after a few grueling months, L.A. is looking like the worst idea ever. In an act of desperation, Becca and her friend Marisol start posting short videos online—with the help of their adorable filmmaker neighbor, Raj—and the videos catch the attention of a TV producer. Could this be it? Her big break? Or will she have to move back home with nothing but some bad head shots and a monstrous credit-card bill? A  funny, romantic, aspirational, and ultimately triumphant novel about a girl who just wants to make it on her own.

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photo by Ari Baron

Named a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start Author in 2013, Leila Howland lives in Los Angeles with her family. The Forget-Me-Not Summer was her highly praised middle grade debut, followed by its sequel The Brightest Stars of Summer. She has also written two critically acclaimed YA novels: Nantucket Blue and Nantucket Red.

Author Illustrator Extraordinaire Tamara Shopsin Launches the L.A. Debut of her Newest Memoir Arbitrary Stupid Goal

Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m.

We at Chevalier’s are highly stoked to be hosting the one-of-a-kind memoirist, cultural historian, and illustrator, Tamara Shopsin, who cooks and lives life as inimitably as she writes, all out of the beloved Greenwich Village eatery Shopsin’s, founded by her father. The author of four acclaimed books and a NY Times and New Yorker illustrator, Tamara will regale us with stories from her marvelous new memoir of 1970’s New York, Arbitrary Stupid Goal. Run, do not walk, to catch this at once dazzling and down-to-earth author, live, in captivity, at our humble venue, for a talk, reading, q&a, and signing.

ArbitraryStupidGoalIn Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the reader on a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos. The center of Tamara’s universe is Shopsin’s, her family’s legendary greasy spoon, aka “The Store,” run by her inimitable dad, Kenny—a loquacious, contrary, huge-hearted man who, aside from dishing up New York’s best egg salad on rye, is Village sheriff, philosopher, and fixer all at once. Filled with clever illustrations and witty, nostalgic photographs and graphics, and told in a sly, elliptical narrative that is both hilarious and endearing, Arbitrary Stupid Goal is an offbeat memory-book mosaic about the secrets of living an unconventional life, which is becoming a forgotten art.

“A warm evocation of a quirky life and exuberant times.”―Kirkus Reviews

“ A completely riveting world―when I looked up from its pages regular life seemed boring and safe and modern like one big iPhone. This book captures not just a lost New York but a whole lost way of life.”Miranda July

“Tamara Shopsin’s new memoir is hilarious. Just like the West Village itself, you zigzag along on a fun adventure never knowing who you are going to meet.”―Amy Sedaris

enjoy a whimsical book trailer here

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Tamara Shopsin is a well-known cook at the distinctly New York City eatery Shopsin’s, a New York Times and New Yorker illustrator, and the author of 5 Year Diary and What Is This?, as well as the coauthor of This Equals That and Mumbai New York Scranton. She lives in New York City with her husband.

 

 

Beloved and Acclaimed Author Amy Silverstein Chronicles Her Second Heart Transplant In a New Memoir, My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, Talk and Signing

Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m.

If, like us, you could benefit right about now from a real-life, from-the-heart, uplifting story of true love and moving courage, then Amy Silverstein has just the ticket with My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir. In it, she tells the story of her arduous process toward receiving a second heart transplant and the near-miraculous intersection that made it a success: innovative medical practices and that most ancient and potent of medicines, the love of true friends. Come absorb Amy’s superbly told tale of friendship and resilience in her talk, reading, q&a and signing.

MyGloryWasFrom acclaimed author of Sick Girl, Amy Silverstein has written a story of courage, perseverance, and friendship unlike any other. Amy’s transplanted heart—received when she was 25—beat strong for a remarkable 26 years, far longer than its ten-year if-you’re-lucky prognosis. Then, her steadfast donor heart plummeted into failure. If she wanted to live, she had to take on the grueling quest for a new heart across the country in California—immediately. When her friends heard of her plans, there was only one reaction: “I’m there.” In My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir, Amy tells the story of the nine friends who dropped everything to fly across the country.  Taking turns sleeping on a cot beside Amy in the hospital, they engaged in their “best talks ever,” where everything was laid bare. Imbued with last-chance candor, laughter, rage, and hope, they saw the true measure of their friend’s strength, and responded in kind. The result, as Amy writes, was transcendent. She woke from this re-transplant in 2014 feeling astoundingly better than after her first, and would soon recover into an unfathomably improved quality of life. 

“An intimate celebration of the power of compassion.”—Kirkus Reviews

“If it were fiction, you’d dismiss it as over the top: Multiple devoted women collaborating in an emotional, cross-country support relay, struggling to keep an exhausted friend alive—a friend who is focused and willing to undergo yet another heart transplant. An endless wait leads to a medical miracle that makes it all worthwhile. But here’s the kicker:  It’s all true, and it’s beautifully written, too.”—Ted Koppel, author of New York Times bestseller Lights Out

“A tremendously moving story about the power of female friendship—the incredible way our bonds deepen with age, and a gentle reminder to all of us how important it is to show up for those we love.”—Kathleen Grissom, bestselling author of The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything

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Amy Silverstein is an award-winning author, public speaker, and magazine writer on women’s health issues and patient advocacy. Her first book, Sick Girl, was published in three languages, won a “Books for a Better Life Award,” and was a finalist for the Border’s Original Voices Award. She has served on the Board of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), a federally contracted transplant network.

Top-Tier Crime Novelists Christopher Farnsworth,Flashmob, and Glen Erik Hamilton,Every Day Above Ground, in Conversation about their New Novels, Q&A, Talk and Signing

Thursday, July 27th at  7:00 p.m.

Christopher Farnsworth brings out his latest multi-layered and dexterous crime novel, Flashmob, and is joined by his friend and peer, the multiple-award-winning Glen Erik Hamilton, launching the L.A. debut of his newly published Every Day Above Ground. Both thrillers feature return protagonists whose global adventures hunting down clever killers take them through the torques of contemporary pop-culture and land them in the cross-hairs of ethical dilemmas. Join these local virtuosos for their scintillating angle on writing, pop-culture, and social media. Talk, q&a, reading, followed by signing. 

Flashmob_cIn Flashmob, gifted troubleshooter John Smith (introduced in 2016’s Killfile), must use his unique skill and unwanted talent for reading minds to take down a shadowy figure who has weaponized the internet, using social media to put a price on the head of his targets.. Arriving at the wedding of Kira Sadeghi, a reality television celebrity he recently saved from kidnappers, Smith witnesses a group of gunmen open fire. In the aftermath, Smith hacks into the brain of an FBI agent and discovers the Bureau has been investigating a new threat called Downvote, an encrypted site on the dark net that lists the names of celebrities and offers a hefty reward for anyone who can kill them—unleashing an anonymous and deadly flashmob with the press of a button. Smith goes on the electronic trail of the people behind Downvoter and  his quest takes him from Hong Kong to Bucharest to Reykjavik to deep in the Laotian jungle.

“[In]Farnsworth’s brilliant second thriller…the combination of a telepathic lead and a terrifyingly plausible effort to use the Internet for social manipulation produces intelligent and knuckle-biting suspense…”Publishers Weekly, *starred* review

 EveryDayAbove_HCEvery Day Above Ground. It sounds like a thief’s dream: A terminally-ill ex-con tells Van Shaw of a fortune in gold, abandoned after the original owner died. To rebuild his house and to help the dying man leave a legacy for his daughter, Van agrees to the job. But the safe holding the fortune is a trap. Soon, the lives of both Van and the ex-con’s daughter are threatened. To discover who has them in the cross-hairs, Van must figure out who the hunters are really after. That quest takes him to…A popular bare-knuckle fighting ring, which may be recruiting for something darker. A brash and beautiful journalism student, whose investigations could put Van on the hot seat. And a massive pop-culture convention in the heart of the city, where Van and his allies  spring a few tricks on their foes…

“Utterly addictive..A taut, riveting thriller with every nuance striking a perfect chord… ” — Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author

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Christopher Farnsworth is a screenwriter, former journalist, and the author of the President’s Vampire trilogy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.

 

 

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A native of Seattle, Glen Erik Hamilton was raised aboard a sailboat and grew up around the marinas and commercial docks and islands of the Pacific Northwest. His debut novel Past Crimes won the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Critics Awards, and was also nominated for the Edgar, Barry, and Nero Awards. He now lives in California with his family, and frequently returns to his hometown to soak up the rain.

Up and Coming YA Novelist Teddy Steinkellner Launches Two Roads From Here

Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Standout new YA novelist Teddy Steinkellner, author of two praised middle reader books, launches his debut YA novel Two Roads From Here. Have you ever asked yourself that prickly question ‘What if I’d made the other choice?’ This provocative and humorous novel gives his true-to-life young characters the chance to literally live out the answer to that question, as two different ‘roads’ are experienced to their conclusion. Come meet our new neighbor as he launches this smart new book for young adults. Launch, reading, q&a, and signing.

two-roads-from-here-9781481430616_hrFor fans of Tommy Wallach and Patrick Ness comes a thoughtful, funny novel that explores what happens to five teens when they choose the road…and the road not taken. 

Should Brian play in Friday’s football game, even though his head really hurts?
Should Allegra commit to college now that her mother’s illness has returned?
Should Cole cheat on the SATs for a chance to get into his dream school?
Should Nikki go all the way with her boyfriend?
Should Wiley tell his best friend that he loves her and risk losing her completely?

These five seniors are about to have an opportunity people only dream about: to experience two potential outcomes of a life-altering decision. When it’s all over, will they still recognize their futures?

“‘Destiny or decision?’ The answer may be unknowable, but Steinkellner gives readers something to think about.” –Kirkus

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photo by J. Weischedel, R. Caliendo

 

Teddy Steinkellner is the author of Trash Can Days and Trash Can Nights. He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in English and American Studies. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancee, Courtney, and their cat, Channing. Learn more at teddysteinkellner.com.

NY Times Bestselling Author Cara Black Treats Us to Smashing New Book in her Aimée Leduc Series: Murder in Saint-Germain, in Conversation with LA’s Master of Mystery, Tim Hallinan! Talk, Reading and Signing.

Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Cara Black, the fabulous author of the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series will treat us to a taste of Private Investigator Leduc’s newest case, Murder in Saint-Germain. The celebrated author, whose immersive contribution to Parisian culture has garnered her the Médaille de la Ville de Paris, among many other honors, will be joined by Los Angeles’ very own master of comic suspense, Tim Hallinan (Junior Bender and Poke Rafferty Series). Absolument guaranteed to be nothing short of merveilleux et fantastique! Talk, reading and signing.

MurderinSTGermainParis, July 1999: Private investigator Aimée Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she’s being stalked by a ghost—a Serbian warlord she thought she’d killed. She’s suffering from PTSD and her boss thinks she’s imagining things. She begs Aimée to investigate—is it possible Mirko Vladić could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta?

Aimée is already working on a huge case, plus she’s got an eight-month old baby to take care of. But she can’t say no to Suzanne, whom she owes a big favor. Aimée chases the few leads, and all evidence confirms Mirko Vladić is dead. It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind—until Suzanne’s team begins to turn up dead in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?

“Quintessential summer reading.”—THE BOSTON GLOBE

“Smashing and suspenseful.”—THE BBC’S BETWEEN THE LINES

“Black’s detective is hitting her post-pregnancy stride, bringing up bébé while battling the bad guys with the best of them.”–KIRKUS REVIEWS

CaraBlackCara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 17 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.

tim by Morgan (1)Timothy Hallinan has been nominated for the Edgar, Nero, Shamus, Macavity and Silver Dagger awards. He is the author of nineteen widely praised books, including For the Dead, The Hot Countries,Crashed, Little Elvises, The Fame Thief, King Maybe, Herbie’s Game, which won the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, and Fields Where They Lay, named a “Best Book of 2016” (Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly) and “Best Christmas Mystery, 2016” by London’s Sunday Times. He divides his time between California and Thailand.

Internationally Bestselling Author Martin Walker (Bruno Series) Reads & Signs The Templars’ Last Secret

Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m.

Not every mystery you crack open whilst lounging on a beach towel this summer will come with fascinating art-historical details of the Lascaux and Les Eyzies caves. But Martin Walker’s The Templars’ Last Secret, the newest in his internationally bestselling Bruno Series, gives you just that  – plus wine, women and global politics – all packed into a taut crime novel. Meet the erudite author, a veteran international affairs columnist as well as the creator of St. Denis’s beloved police chief Bruno for what will no doubt be a beguiling talk, reading, q&a and signing.

Templars Las SecretWhen a woman’s body is found at the foot of a cliff near St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruin that stands on the cliff above: the Château de Commarque, a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold which, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars. Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance, the discovery of which could have dramatic repercussions throughout the Middle East–not to mention in St. Denis. And the woman’s ties to Islamic terrorists can only heighten the pressure on Bruno to unravel the centuries-old mystery. Meanwhile, an old flame of Bruno’s is assigned to work with him on the case, and the two find time, naturellement, to enjoy the supreme pleasures of the wine, food, and beauty of the Dordogne.

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Martin Walker is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank based in Washington, D.C. He is also editor in chief emeritus and international affairs columnist at United Press International. His previous novels in the Bruno series are Black Diamond; Bruno, Chief of Police; The Children Return; The Crowded Grave; The Dark Vineyard; The Devil’s Cave; Fatal Pursuit; The Patriarch; and The Resistance Man, all international best sellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.