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Saturday, October 28 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Keep Us in Suspense

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It’s a good thing this session takes place in the expansive Old South Sanctuary, because these three brilliant suspense novelists take readers to some pretty dark and claustrophobic places. Local favorite turned Hollywood A-lister Dennis Lehane returns to Boston with his latest novel, Since We Fell, about a journalist whose history of trauma leaves her vulnerable and afraid to leave the house. This unconventional psychological thriller (already optioned for film, of course!) is Lehane’s first written from a woman’s point of view. Peter Swanson’s Her Every Fear is also written from a woman’s perspective, this time from a panic attack–prone visitor to Boston; her fatalistic outlook seems validated when a woman is murdered down the hall the very night she arrives on Beacon Hill. And, from all the way across the Atlantic, Malin Persson Giolito offers a very different sort of lockdown in Quicksand—this one an account of a school shooting from the perspective of its female perpetrator, in a tense novel that also comments on issues of race and class in contemporary Sweden. Their conversation is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats--and it'll be moderated by essayist and author of the novel Tethered, Amy MacKinnon.

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Amy MacKinnon

Amy MacKinnon is a former congressional aide whose commentaries have appeared in Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, the Seattle Times, and on NPR and This American Life. Her debut novel, Tethered, was described by Booklist as a “haunting” and “gracefully rendered... Read More →

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Malin Persson Giolito

Malin Persson Giolito is an award-winning writer and lawyer based in Brussels, Belgium. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, she first worked for the largest law firm in the Nordic region. Later, she relocated to Brussels and worked for the European Commission. Her thriller about a school shooting... Read More →
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Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane is a novelist and screenwriter whose name has become inextricably linked with his hometown of Boston. He held a variety of jobs, including counseling mentally ill and abused children, before publishing his first book in 1994. That book, A Drink before the War, won the... Read More →
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Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson's first novel, the thriller The Girl with a Clock for a Heart (2014), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His next novel, The Kind Worth Killing (2015), won the New England Society Book Award. His work has also appeared in Strand Magazine, Asimov’s... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Old South Church Sanctuary