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Individual Events

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Passing On the Torch – Virtual Event
6 PM

Sponsored by MWA NorCal and the San Francisco Public Library
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Four distinguished queer mystery writers talk about another queer crime fiction writer who has been important to their own work. Ellen Hart discusses J.M. Redmann; John Copenhaver muses about Patricia Highsmith; Cheryl Head remembers Nikki Baker; and Michael Nava talks about Joseph Hansen.

Cheryl A. Head writes the award-winning Charlie Mack Motown Mysteries. Head is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist, and winner of the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award. In 2022 Cheryl was awarded the Alice B. Reader’s Appreciation Medal, and her books were included in the special collections of the State of Michigan Library. Time’s Undoing, a crime fiction novel based on her family’s personal tragedy, will be published by Dutton in March 2023. Cheryl lives in Washington, DC with her partner, Teresa, and canine supervisors: Abby and Frisby.

John Copenhaver’s historical crime novel, Dodging and Burning (Pegasus), won the 2019 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel and garnered Anthony, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lambda Literary Award nominations. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called “Blacklight,” cohosts on the House of Mystery Radio Show, and is the six-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He’s a faculty mentor at University of Nebraska’s Low-Residency MFA program in Omaha, and he lives in Richmond, VA, where he teaches fiction writing and literature at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Savage Kind (Pegasus) is his second novel.

Ellen Hart is the author of thirty-five crime novels. She is a six-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery and a four-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Best Popular Fiction.  In 2010, Ellen received the GCLS Trailblazer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of lesbian literature. In 2017, she became the first  openly LGBT author to be named a Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America, an award that represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing, one that was established to acknowledge important contributions to the genre as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality. She lives in Minnesota with her partner of forty-four years.

Michael Nava is the author of an acclaimed series of eight novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios who The New Yorker, called “a detective unlike any previous protagonist in American noir.” He is the recipient of seven Lambda Literary Awards in the gay mystery category and the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in LGBT Literature. His most recent Rios novel, Lies With Man, was published in April 2021 by Amble Press, an LGBTQ press of which he is also managing editor. The Washington Post review of the novel called Nava “a master of the genre.”