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Killer Nashville

Killer Nashville
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I'm counting down the days to Killer Nashville, a world-renowned conference focused on mystery, thriller, suspense, and crime literature. I've registered for master classes, breakout workshops, agent roundtables, and manuscript critiques – and with any luck, I'll learn how to add even more depth and dimension to my cozy mystery stories.

Killer Nashville is scheduled for August 17-20, 2023, at Embassy Suites Nashville South/Cool Springs, Franklin, Tennesee.

Guests of Honor

This year's conference features three outstanding guests of honor.

Maureen Corrigan is America’s most trusted and beloved book critic. Her distinctive voice is at once incisive and accessible, like a well-read friend who always sends you home with a good book to read. For more than twenty years Maureen has been the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air. She is also a columnist for The Washington Post and The Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University where her courses are very popular. As a lecturer she’s been described as “brilliant,” “hilarious,” “passionate” and “eloquent.” She is the author of two books of her own; Leave me Alone I’m Reading and So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by Library Journal. Aside from her writings for The Washington Post and The Village Voice, Maureen has also written reviews for the New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Nation among others. She serves on the advisory panel of The American Heritage Dictionary, is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers, as well as the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism. She has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and has also been on the judges’ panel for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. https://maureencorrigan.com/

Cindy Dees is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers, military romance, and romantic suspense novels that have sold more than two million copies worldwide. An Air Force veteran, Dees enlisted after earning a degree in Russian and East European Studies, becoming the youngest female pilot in the history of the Air Force. She also worked in government intelligence and has amassed a lifetime’s experiences to fuel her stories of life on the edge of danger. A member of ITW, she lives near Ft. Worth, Texas, and can be found online at CindyDees.com.

Kathryn Lasky is the author of over one hundred books for children and young adults, including the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, which has more than eight million copies in print, and was turned into a major motion picture, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. Kathryn’s latest book is the adult amateur sleuth mystery LIGHT ON BONE: A Georgia O’Keeffe Mystery. Her books have received numerous awards including a Newbery Honor, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and a Washington Post-Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award. She has twice won the National Jewish Book award. Her work has been translated into 19 languages worldwide. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, MA. www.kathrynlasky.com