Posts Tagged ‘caitlin rother’


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!



KYSL SD23: Caitlin Rother

January 30, 2009

Know Your Session Leaders ….

Nothing personal toward Caitlin Rother; I’m just slow out of the gate today. (It took me three tries, even with her web page right in front of me, to spell her name right.)

So, yeah, awkward moments aside …. Caitlin Rother was born in Canada, but we won’t hold that against her. (My brother was, too, so anyone who wants to make an issue of it has gotta go through me, first.) She began her writing career at age six, “dabbled in journalism in high school and college”, and then finally picked up a master’s degree in the field from Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School. Twenty years as a journalist saw her diversely published in newspapers and magazines, and shortly after the release of her first book, Poisoned Love, dropped the newspaper gig to write books. Her first novel, Naked Addiction, arrived in book stores in November, 2007, and her latest work of nonfiction is Twisted Triangle, which seems as apt a title as you’re going to come by. Body Parts, the story of serial killer Wayne Adam Ford, is slated for release in March.

In addition to her presentation as Sunday morning’s Guest Speaker, she brings the sum of her journalistic prowess to a workshop titled, “The Art of Interviewing“.

Well, okay, I might be promising a bit much, since a career like that would be hard to pack into a single workshop, but you understand, right?



Final guest speakers announced

December 8, 2008

Filling out the special guest speaker slots for San Diego 23, Sunday morning we welcome novelist, nonfictionalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee Caitlin Rother to the SCWC. Daily Mail reported of her latest book, Twisted Triangle, “It’s a story more terrifying than her own bestselling thrillers – how novelist Patricia Cornwell’s torrid affair…ended in…astonishing and savage revenge.”
Sunday evening, author and Alluvium Books publisher Marie Etienne will discuss her latest, another true story, Confessions of a Bi-Polar Mardi Gras Queen. Heartbreaking and often hilarious, in it she explores the themes of love versus lust, the legacy of abuse and mental illness, the impact of murder and suicide among her siblings and the redemptive power of faith, forgiveness and courage.

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