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ReadOut 2023: Mystery and Suspense Writing Secrets Revealed

February 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

ReadOut 2023

ReadOut 2023 and the LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library presents this panel, featuring six award-winning authors discussing the secrets to writing mystery and suspense stories that keep readers turning the page.

Becky Bohan is the author of the 2020 award-winning novel, A Light on Altered Land. Her 2022 novel, The Santorini Setup, won a Royal Palm Literary Award and a Global Book Award. Penny Mickelbury’s many books reflect her continued interest in the things that sparked her imagination as a child: history and mystery. She writes the Mimi Patterson/Gianna Maglione Mysteries, published by Bywater Books. Elle Ire writes paranormal and science fiction romance featuring awesome women who fall in love with each other. She has released nine novels through DSP Publications including the Goldie Award finalist Reel to Reel Love and the Goldie Award winner Dead Woman’s Pond. Cheryl A. Head writes the Anthony Award nominated, Charlie Mack Motown Mysteries. Head is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, two-time Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist, and winner of the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award. Elizabeth Sims is the author of the Rita Farmer Mysteries, the Lambda and GCLS Goldie Award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Series, and other fiction, including the standalone novel Crimes in a Second Language, which won the Florida Book Awards silver medal. Native New Yorker Ann Aptaker’s Cantor Gold crime/mystery series has been the recipient of Lambda Literary and Goldie Awards.

Funding is provided in part through a Florida Humanities Book Festival Grant with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Gulfport Public Library. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities. Registration to attend is suggested but not required. Free parking is available at the library.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

February 18 @ 10:30 am -
February 18 @ 11:30 am


Presenter Information:
Becky Bohan, Author Penny Micklebury, Author Elle Ire, Author Cheryl Head, Author Elizabeth Sims, Author Ann Aptaker, Author and Freelance Arts Writer
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Event Contact:

Susan Gore
(727) 222-2508

Event Venue:

Gulfport Library
5501 28th Ave S
Gulfport, Florida 33707
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Venue Phone:
(727) 222-2508

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