SD23: Our super-special Special Guest Speakers

February 12, 2009

Did someone say, “Guest speakers”? What about guest speakers? Well, it’s not like I went and forgot them. I’m just saving the best for … er … oh, dear.

Anyway, without further ado, your Special Guest Speakers:

  • Don Winslow (Friday night) will kick things off on Friday night, treating us to the insights of his adventurous career that includes time as a private investigator and safari guide before penning ten novels including the widely praised The Dawn Patrol and The Winter of Frankie Machine, which is in production for the screen starring Robert DeNiro under the direction of Michael Mann. His novel The Death and Life of Bobby Z hit the screen in 2007, directed by John Herzfeld and starring Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne.
  • Laurel Corona (Saturday morning), we’ve already met (click the link), and I really do feel like I should say something more here, but that might also be anticlimactic.
  • Val McDermid (Saturday evening) comes to us all the way from Scotland, where she works hard to be the widely-praised, widely-read author of twenty-five books, including the Lindsay Gordon Mysteries, the Kate Brannigan Mysteries, and the Carol Jordan Mysteries. As you can tell, Val will fit right in with SD23’s crime track. Her stories have been transformed into a television series, and her novel The Torment of Others won the 2006 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. And it goes on, too. Short stories, nonfiction … can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday evening?
  • Caitlin Rother (Sunday morning) will greet us shortly before teaching some of you a thing or two about interviewing. (Go ahead, click the link for more on Caitlin.)
  • Marie Etienne (Sunday evening) has written for newspapers and magazines, and is currently working on her first novel, Skating on Shattered Glass. Now here’s the fun part. She’s an internationally-competitive springboard diver, and her two memoirs are called Storkbites: A Memoir and Confessions of a Bi-Polar Mardi Gras Queen. I certainly think those count for something, don’t you?

And now you don’t have any excuses. Neither do I, at that. Er … see you all in San Diego!



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