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Erica Wright, Jennifer Chang, and Sara Lautman: In Conversation

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Erica Wright launches her novel The Blue Kingfisher, the latest in the Kat Stone series, and chats with poet Jennifer Chang and illustrator Sara Lautman about working in multiple genres. Moderated by Matthew Pennock.

What happens when a master of disguise tries to be herself for once? If you’re private investigator Kat Stone, trouble seems to find you with or without your favorite wig. Kat knows she’s living on borrowed time, waiting for her violent past to catch up with her. Still, she doesn’t expect men to start falling from the sky. On a desolate morning in Fort Washington Park, Kat discovers the body of her building’s French expat maintenance man atop the Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse. The NYPD is quick to dismiss his death as suicide, another lost soul leaping from the bridge overhead. Kat is less than convinced, especially when she learns about his dangerous side hustle, finding jobs for immigrant members of their community. Her investigation turns up unexpected connections to Manhattan’s tony art world, not to mention a host of dark superstitions. When she goes undercover with a deep-sea fishing company, she gets a little too cozy with a colorful cast of characters and a couple of jellyfish. Will she find his killer before her past drags her under? From one of the most acclaimed new mystery writers working today comes a riveting novel of suspense that will have you guessing until the last page is turned. 

Erica Wright's crime novel The Granite Moth was called "brisk, dark, slinky" by USA Today and was a 2016 Silver Falchion Award Finalist. Her debut The Red Chameleon was one of O: The Oprah Magazine's Best Books of Summer 2014. She is also the author of the poetry collections Instructions for Killing the Jackal and All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned. She is the poetry editor at Guernica Magazine. She grew up in Wartrace, TN and received her B.A. from New York University and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Visit her online at or @eawright.

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, and A Public Space, and she has work forthcoming in New Literary History and The New York Times. She co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman and teaches English and creative writing at George Washington University in Washington, D. C.

Sara Lautman is a cartoonist and illustrator in Baltimore. A new collection, I Love You, will be published by Retrofit/Big Planet Comics in 2018. She is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, among other publications, and a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

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