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Mystery Writers of Color with Dr. Frankie Y. Bailey


4 Sessions via Zoom

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Once a Month Thursdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT September 24 to December 17, 2020

Meeting Dates:
9/24, 10/22, 11/19, 12/17

You can’t outrun the past—that’s a central theme in our crime fiction reading group led by Dr. Frankie Y. Bailey, a mystery writer and criminal justice professor at University at Albany, SUNY.

The four selected readings feature page-turners from contemporary mystery writers of color who bring diverse perspectives to the crime fiction genre. Participants will explore urgent social issues—race, class, gender, and identity—through the POV of victims, offenders, amateur sleuths who pursue justice and vigilantes who create chaos.

This group will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.


Led by

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    Dr. Frankie Y. Bailey

    Dr. Frankie Y. Bailey

    Frankie Y. Bailey, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany (SUNY). She studies crime and justice in American culture, focusing on crime history, mass media/popular culture, and material culture. Frankie is the author, co-author, or co-editor of a number of books on crime and media/popular culture and on local history. Her recent scholarly publications include Crimes of the Centuries: Notorious Crimes, Criminals, and Criminal Trials, a three-volume encyclopedia co-edited with Dr. Steven Chermak. She is the author of five mystery novels featuring Southern crime historian Lizzie Stuart (Death’s Favorite ChildA Dead Man’s HonorOld MurdersYou Should Have Died on Monday, Forty Acres and a Soggy Grave (currently being reissued), and two alternate-history police procedural novels featuring Albany, New York police detective Hannah McCabe (The Red Queen Dies and What the Fly Saw). Frankie’s current non-fiction projects are a reference book about gangster movies and a book about four hundred years of dress and appearance in American crime and justice. She is also working on a historical thriller set in 1939 and her sixth Lizzie Stuart mystery.

    Frankie is a past EVP of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime National. She is the project director of the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project in the School of Criminal Justice.