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This event will be presented in partnership with Crime Writers of Color, supporting over 300 of today and tomorrow's crime writers of color, founded by award-winning authors Walter Mosley, Gigi Pandian, and Kellye Garrett in June of 2018.
Steph Cha, a rising star who brings a fresh perspective as series editor, takes the helm of the new The Best American Mystery and Suspense, with best-selling crime novelist Alafair Burke joining her as the first guest editor.
“Crime writers, forgive the pun, are killing it right now creatively,” writes guest editor Alafair Burke in her introduction. “It was difficult—painful even—to narrow this year’s Best American Mystery and Suspense to only twenty stories.” Spanning from a mediocre spa in Florida, to New York’s gritty East Village, to death row in Alabama, this collection reveals boundless suspense in small, quiet moments, offering startling twists in the least likely of places. From a powerful response to hateful bullying, to a fight for health care, to a gripping desperation to vote, these stories are equal parts shocking, devastating, and enthralling, revealing the tension pulsing through our everyday lives and affirming that mystery and suspense writing is better than ever before.
Steph Cha is the author of the Juniper Song mystery series and Your House Will Pay, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and has been nominated for a Young Lions Fiction Award, a Macavity Award, a Lefty Award, a Barry Award, and a Dagger Award, as well as long-listed for the Aspen Prize. She's an editor and critic whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she edited the noir section for almost five years.
Alafair Burke is a New York Times best-selling author whose most recent novels include The Wife and The Ex, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel. She also coauthors the best-selling Under Suspicion series with Mary Higgins Clark.
Faye Snowden is the author of three mysteries with Kensington, Spiral of Guilt, The Savior, and Fatal Justice. She has published short stories and poems in various literary journals, anthologies, and small presses including The African American Review. A Killing Rain, a new book in her noir mystery Killing series is due out next year. Faye is a member of Sisters in Crime and serves as secretary for SinC National. Learn more about Faye at www.fayesnowden.com.
Aya de León teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley and is an acclaimed author of several books, including A Spy in the Struggle, the award-winning Justice Hustlers series, and her forthcoming works Queen of Urban Prophecy, about women in hip hop, police violence, and the climate crisis, and Undercover Latina, about a teen spy trying to stop a white nationalist terrorist. Her work has also appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Ebony, Guernica, Bitch Magazine, VICE, The Root, and on Def Poetry. Visit Aya online at ayadeleon.com, on Twitter at @AyadeLeon or on Facebook or Instagram at ayadeleonwrites.