"I was so excited to find out about the Crime Fiction Academy. To be asked to speak at the Crime Fiction Academy was better still, but just to know that it exists, that the Center For Fiction has created this wonderful program. I think people who know me know that I believe that literary fiction and crime fiction exists side by side in parallel tracks, that one isn’t better than the other, they’re not at war, but they both have much to teach each other.


So I just thought it was one of the best developments in my field in years and I’m kind of looking forward to the day, like 20 years down the road when we’re at the anniversary of the 20th annual Crime Fiction Academy and I finally get to say I was in on the ground floor of something really special and really great."


- Laura Lippman


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.



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