Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Murder in the Library

There's a free exhibition at the British Library in London from 18th January-12th May.

Murder in the Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction.

Classic locked-room mysteries, tales of murder and mayhem in quaint villages or gritty adventures on mean city streets.

Crime fiction, which currently accounts for over a third of all fiction published in English, holds millions of people enthralled. Murder in the Library will take you on a fascinating journey through the development of crime and detective fiction, from its origins in the early 19th century through to contemporary Nordic Noir, taking in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first appearance of Miss Marple and the fiendish plots of Dr Fu Manchu along the way.

There are three evening panel discussion events currently scheduled at the British Library to go along with the exhibition:

Real Crime, Real Fiction is on Monday 23rd January at 6.30 pm. The panel will be hosted by writer and journalist Barry Forshaw, with discussion from authors Laura Wilson and Mark Billingham and the curator at St Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum, Carla Connolly.
Tickets are £7.50. More details here.

The Story of Crime Fiction is on Friday 8th February at 6.30 pm.
 Mark Lawson, will be joined by a panel of leading crime fiction writers, including P D James, to discuss the history of the genre, their favourite classics and their own work. It's billed as a discussion that will range from The Moonstone to Henning Mankell. Tickets are £7.50. More details here.

The Female Detective is on Friday 8th March at 6.30 pm. The panel hasn't been announced but here's the British Library's teaser for the event: Britain's first-ever lady detective Miss Gladden appeared in The Female Detective published in 1864, where she exposed killers while concealing her own identity. Since then the female sleuth, from Agatha Christie's Miss Marple to Alexander McCall Smith's Mma Ramotswe, has captivated readers of crime fiction. But what is is about the female detective that makes her an icon of the genre? Tickets are £7.50. More details here.

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