Three Girls From Queens Talk Crime
Award Winning Authors Participate in Literary Event
Friday, October 4th from 5:30-8:00pm
The Long Island Museum is pleased to present Three Girls From Queens Talk Crime, a literary event with three award-winning authors on Friday, October 4th from 5:30-8:00pm. Megan Abbott, Judy Blundell, and Maureen Corrigan, all New Yorkers either by birth or choice, have used their deep knowledge of and ties to the New York region to successfully weave together a sense of place, varying perspectives, distinctive narrative styles, and elements of both real-life and fictitious crime to create works that engage wide audiences and readers of all ages. The panel discussion, which will be led by NPR book critic Maureen Corrigan, will include topics such as: what inspires a writer; how much of an author’s real life comes through in the words they commit to the page; and how works of fiction set in places known to an author take on an authenticity that can’t be manufactured.
“I’m excited at the prospect of investigating the mean streets of Queens with my two fellow panelists,” said Corrigan, who will be serving as the evening’s moderator.“One of the museum’s goals is to highlight artists of all types, not just visual artists,”said Lisa Unander, Director of Education at the Long Island Museum.“Events like this provide an amazing opportunity to bring these world renowned authors to our community for an intimate peek into how their words bring characters, settings and whole worlds to life.”
In 2017, the Long Island Museum (LIM) hosted a multi-media program focused on The Great Gatsby. The success of that event led the LIM to invite back two of the panelists, Maureen Corrigan and Judy Blundell. Blundell, a New York Times bestselling author, came up with the theme of Three Girls from Queens Talk Crime and suggested inviting Megan Abbott, who is a prominent name in the crime fiction genre.
“The stars were definitely aligned,” added Unander. “Everyone said yes and the ideas began flowing between the writers. I can ensure this evening will be one you won’t want to miss!”
The LIM is proud to have The Book Revue in Huntington be the Marketing Partner for the event. The evening will consist of light refreshments with ticket pricing at $30/person, $25/seniors and members, $15/students and will be held in the Gillespie Room located at the Long Island Museum, 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790. Space is limited and pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For more information, call (631) 751-0066 ext. 212 or visit longislandmuseum.org/events.
Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of nine novels, including Dare Me, The Fever and the bestselling You Will Know Me. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review and the Wall Street Journal. Formerly a writer on HBO’s The Deuce, she is currently writing and executive producing a TV show based on her novel Dare Me, to begin airing in 2020. Her latest novel is Give Me Your Hand, which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a CWA Dagger and an Anthony Award. She lives in Queens, New York.
Photo credit:Drew Reilly.
Judy Blundell is a New York Times bestselling author for children and young adults. Her novel What I Saw and How I Lied won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her first novel for adults, The High Season, was published in May 2018. She lives on Long Island with her husband and daughter.
Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, is The Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers (Scribner) and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. Corrigan served as a juror for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her book So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures was published by Little, Brown in September 2014. Corrigan’s literary memoir, Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading! was published in 2005. Corrigan is also a reviewer and columnist for The Washington Post‘s Book World. In addition to serving on the advisory panel of The American Heritage Dictionary, she has chaired the Mystery and Suspense judges’ panel of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Long Island Museum:
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults and children with an understanding of Long Island’s rich history and diverse cultures. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students 6 -17 and college students with I.D. Children under six are admitted for free. For more information visit: longislandmuseum.org.