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November 2, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Civic Center Auditorium
Moses Lake Museum & Art Center
401 South Balsam Street

Moses Lake, WA 98837
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Fall Salon Series: A Nicer Kind of Murder: Shifting Roles in Today’s Crime Fiction with Matthew J. Sullivan

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

This is a crash course in the history of crime fiction, as seen through the eyes of the victim. Since the era of Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allen Poe, the role that the victim has played in detective stories has changed dramatically. By examining this transformation, we get a sense of the way that mysteries have evolved, as well as an understanding of the enormous success of novels such as Gone Girl. As time allows, we can also discuss trends in other popular genres, such as science fiction and romance.

For the past thirteen years, Matthew Sullivan has been teaching writing, literature and film at Big Bend Community College. He grew up in Denver, received his B.A. in Writing from the University of San Francisco, and his M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the University of Idaho, and he has been the winner of The Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize, The Florida Review Editor’s Prize, and the Write on the River Fiction Contest. His short stories have been published in many journals, and his literary mystery novel, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, will be published by Scribner in 2017, as well as by publishers in Italy and Germany. His website is

Humanities WA

The Salon Series of free afternoon programs is sponsored in part by Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to sparking conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. To find out more visit their website at