James W. Hall on Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century’s Biggest Bestsellers, Susan Isaacs on Goldberg Variations and Joseph Kanon on Istanbul Passage Saturday, Nov. 17, 12:30 p.m., Room 8302 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
Author(s) and Guest(s)
James W. Hall
Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall unlocks the secret of the literary blockbuster in
Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers (Random House Trade Paperbacks, $16.00). From tempting glimpses inside secret societies, such as submariners in The Hunt for Red October, and Opus Dei in The Da Vinci Code, to vivid representations of the American Dream and its opposite—the American Nightmare—in novels like The Firm and The Dead Zone, Hall identifies the common features of 12 mega-bestsellers. “Every would-be writer, and every knowledgeable reader, should read this book.”—Michael Connelly. Hall is the author of seventeen novels, four books of poetry, two short-story collections, and a book of essays. He’s also the winner of the Edgar and Shamus awards.
Susan Isaacs explores family and reconciliation in her latest novel,
The Goldberg Variations (Scribner, $26.00). When an elegant, amusing and nasty tycoon has to decide who in her family will inherit her kingdom, she doesn’t expect that the answer will be “not interested” times three. Isaacs is the author of thirteen novels, including Compromising Positions, Shining Through, After All These Years, and As Husbands Go. She is a former editor of Seventeen, a freelance political speechwriter, chairman of the board of Poets & Writers, and a past president of Mystery Writers of America. Joseph Kanon
Espionage and intrigue abound in Joseph Kanon’s thriller, Istanbul Passage (Atria Books, $26.00). Set in the murky world of 1945 Istanbul, an agent’s routine assignment goes horribly wrong. “A fast-moving, thinking man’s thriller. . .”—
Wall Street Journal. Kanon is the author of five other novels, Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, The Good German, Alibi, and Stardust.
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Room 8302 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)