CFA: The Literary Spy Novel

Wednesday October 11, 2017
07:00 pm

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That we live in the age of surveillance makes the spy novel increasingly relevant and endlessly fascinating. Embedded in a culture of secrecy and revealing covert operations and questionable morality, the genre looks at those men and women whose work is based on lies, secrecy, and sometimes even murder. Paul Vidich (An Honorable Man; The Good Assassin) and Joseph Kanon (DefectorsThe Good German) explored this distinctive branch of crime fiction, its trademarks, place in history, and interplay between fact and fiction.



Paul Vidich is the author of An Honorable Man and The Good Assassin. Vidich has had a distinguished career in music and media, most recently serving as Special Advisor to AOL, Inc. and was previously Executive Vice President at the Warner Music Group, in charge of technology and global strategy. He serves on the Board of Directors of Poets & Writers and The New School for Social Research. A founder and publisher of the Storyville App, Vidich is also an award-winning author of short fiction. His work has appeared in Fugue, The Nation, Narrative Magazine, Wordriot, amongst other places. Junot Diaz selected his story “Jump Shot” as a winner of the 2010 Fugue Short Story Contest and his story “Falling Girl,” was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize and appeared in New Rivers Press’ American Fiction, Volume 12: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers. His story collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Joseph Kanon is the internationally bestselling author of eight novels, which have been published in twenty-four languages: Los Alamos, which won the Edgar Award for best first novel; The Good German, which was made into a film starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett; The Prodigal Spy; Alibi, which earned Kanon the Hammett Award of the International Association of Crime Writers; Istanbul Passage, and Leaving Berlin. He is also a recipient of The Anne Frank Human Writers Award for his writings on the aftermath of the Holocaust. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City with his wife, literary agent Robin Straus. They have two sons. His new book is Defectors.