On Saturday, September 10, 2011, from 6pm-6:45pm, Soho Press presents “From Fiction to Mystery,” a night of readings at Scratcher (21+), 209 East 5th St. in New York, during Lit Crawl NYC, a project of the Litquake Foundation. Soho Press authors include Alex Shakar reading from Luminarium (“Part Philip K. Dick, part Jonathan Franzen”); Paula Bomer reading from her excoriating novel of family life, Nine Months; Juliann Garey reading from Electric Madeleine, narrated by a former studio exec with bipolar disorder; and Henry Chang reading from his latest Detective Jack Yu mystery, Red Jade.
“Psycho-sexual satisfaction can be derived from the thrill of the kill, the thrill of getting over or perhaps wanting to torture. Sex crime is a power crime,” said criminal profiling specialist Dr. Julie Salzano, who was part of a fascinating panel discussion called THE EVIL MEN DO: Inside The Mind Of The Sexual Predator, at the Mid-Manhattan Library (NYPL), co-sponsored by the New York Public Library and the New York Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America on August 17, 2011. Mystery fiction lovers came out in droves to hear Dr. Salzano and her fellow panelists authors Henry Chang, David Levien and Lyndsay Faye, share their inspiration for the characters they create, what their process of delving into the mind of the sexual predator is.
Author Henry Chang on Mid-Manhattan Library Panel- THE EVIL MEN DO: Inside The Mind Of The Sexual Predator on August 17.
I reconnected with Rick Shiomi, the author of one of my favorite plays, “Yellow Fever,” when we were both in Washington D.C. at the Asian Reading Room of the Library of Congress in the Thomas Jefferson Building. The groundbreaking Asian-North American playwright, taiko troupe leader, and artistic director of Mu Performing Arts, was on a week long book tour to promote “Asian American Plays for a New Generation” (Temple University Press, June 2011), which he co-edited with Josephine Lee and Don Eitel.