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Guests of Honor

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at free-lance journalism, and eventually ended up 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.

Krueger 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 full EBAM.)  

He 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.

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.