CFA—Women in Crime Fiction

Tuesday September 27, 2016
07:00 pm

Tags: Event


Four of contemporary crime fiction’s most exciting writers—Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman, Alison Gaylin and Alafair Burke—joined us to talk about their work, and discuss what the rise in popularity and success of crime novels by women says about the current state of both this genre and our society. Moderated by Laura Miller of Slate.



Megan Abbott is the Edgar award-winning author of seven novels, including Dare Me and The Fever. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal and in anthologies including Queens Noir and Best American Mystery Stories. She is also the author of The Street Was Mine, a study of hardboiled fiction and film noir, and A Hell of a Woman, a female crime fiction anthology. She is currently adapting two of her novels for television. Her latest novel is You Will Know Me.


Alafair Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of ten previous novels, including the stand-alone thrillers Long Gone and If You Were Here, and the Ellie Hatcher series: All Day and a Night, Never Tell, 212, Angel’s Tip, and Dead Connection. She is also the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Under Suspicion series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, she is now a

Professor of criminal law, and lives in Manhattan. Find Alafair on Twitter: @alafairburke.


USA Today Bestselling author Alison Gaylin has been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and ITW Thriller Awards and won the Shamus Award for her Brenna Spector suspense series. Her ninth book, the standalone What Remains of Me, was called "stunning" by the Associated Press and is out now in hardcover and paperback from William Morrow.


Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.


Laura Miller, a journalist and critic living in New York, is books and culture columnist for Slate. She is a co-founder of, where she worked for 20 years. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, the Guardian and the New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the “Last Word.” She is the author of The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia (Little, Brown, 2008) and editor of The Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors (Penguin, 2000).