GUEST OF HONOR
in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended
University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he
worked construction, tried his hand at free-lance journalism, and eventually
researching child development at the University of Minnesota. For the past fifteen
years, he’s been one of the lucky ones, earning his living as a full-time
author. He makes his home in St. Paul, a
city he dearly loves.
writes the New York Times bestselling
Cork O’Connor mystery series, which is set in the north woods of Minnesota. His
protagonist, Corcoran O’Connor, is the former sheriff of the fictional Tamarack
County, and also a man of mixed heritage—part Irish-American and part Ojibwe. Krueger’s work has received a number of
awards, been translated into many languages, and optioned by Hollywood. His 2013 novel Ordinary Grace was honored with almost every award possible in the
mystery genre, including the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, the Barry
Award, the Anthony Award, and the Macavity Award. (In the mystery business, it’s called the
does all his writing in a small Saint Paul coffee shop and attributes his
success as a writer to all those wonderful stories he read as a child.
INTERNATIONAL GUEST OF HONOR
A former president of Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association
and chair of the Society of Authors, Simon Brett is the recipient of the 2014 CWA
Diamond Dagger award, one of the highest accolades in the crime writing world.
He has also been president of the Detection Club since 2000. Brett is the author
of more than 90 books, mostly crime novels,
including the Charles Paris, Mrs. Pargeter, Fethering, and Blotto and Twinks series. His
psychological thriller, A Shock to the
System, was made into a film starring Michael Caine. Brett has also written radio and television series
including No Commitments and After Henry.
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