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May Mystery Month Lesbian Book Panel

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Join Sinister Wisdom and Charis Books and More for a panel featuring J.M. Redmann, Terry Wolverton, Barbara Wilson, and Penny Mickelbury, moderated by Forrest Evans, for a discussion about writing mysteries, influences, lesbian sleuths, and the pleasures of reading lesbian mysteries. Charis is a proud co-sponsor of this event. Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal that publishes four issues each year. Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space.

About the Panelists

Terry Wolverton is author of eleven books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, including Embers, a novel in poems, and Insurgent Muse: art and life at the Womans Building, a memoir which received the Judy Grahn Award for nonfiction from Publishing Triangle. Her twelfth book, Season of Eclipse, a novel, is forthcoming from Bella Books. She has also edited fifteen literary compilations, including (with Robert Drake) three volumes each of the Lambda Award winning series His: brilliant new fiction by gay men and Hers brilliant new fiction by lesbians.

J.M. Redmann is the author of a mystery series featuring New Orleans private detective Michele “Micky” Knight. Her 2013 release, Ill Will, made the American Library Association GLBT Roundtable’s Over the Rainbow list. Her previous book Water Mark was also on the Over the Rainbow list and won a Fore Word Gold First Place mystery award. Two of her earlier books, The Intersection of Law & Desire and Death of a Dying Man, have won Lambda Literary Awards; all but her first book have been nominated. Law & Desire was an Editor’s Choice of the San Francisco Chronicle and a recommended book on NPR’s Fresh Air. Her books have been translated into Spanish, German, Dutch, Norwegian, and Hebrew. She is the co-editor with Greg Herren of three anthologies, Night Shadows: Queer Horror, Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir, and Men of the Mean Streets: Gay Noir. Redmann lives in an historic neighborhood in New Orleans, at the edge of the area that flooded.

Barbara Wilson is the pen name of Barbara Sjoholm, an LGBTQ writer and a translator from Norwegian and Danish. Her mysteries, written under the name Barbara Wilson, include two series, one with printer Pam Nilsen (Murder in the Collective) and one with translator-sleuth Cassandra Reilly. Her mysteries include the Lambda-award-winning Gaudi Afternoon, made into a film of the same name, and her latest release Love Dies twice She was a co-founder of Seal Press and in 2020 received the annual Trailblazer Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society for her contributions to lesbian literature. Her books have been published in England and translated into Spanish, Finnish, German, and Japanese.

Penny Mickelbury is the author of 16 published novels, a collection of Short Stories, and a half dozen stage plays. She also has contributed short stories to half a dozen collections, most of them mysteries. All of her novels are either mysteries or historical fiction. She is a two-time Lammy finalist for her mystery novels, and a Goldie finalist for historical fiction. Before she turned her focus to fiction, Penny was a journalist in Washington, DC: a newspaper, radio, and television reporter. Along with six of her Washington Post colleagues, she was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in 2019. Since leaving journalism she has alternated writing novels with writing stage plays. In addition to her time in Washington, the Atlanta native has lived in New York and Los Angeles.

About the Moderator

Forrest Evans is a licensed, Atlanta-based librarian working in Sports and Tech, for Warner Brothers Discovery. The lowcountry native is committed to combating under education, fighting for gender equality and systemic patriarchy that brings joy to her day. The superheroine is also known as "Favorite Librarian" on social media, where she provides an array of Queer Books and Resources.

Forrest is the newest member of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Pride Committee and also serves on the Steering Committee for Atlanta Pride Run, and is the Logistics Coordinator for Gaye Magazine.

A published poet and creative, her work can be found in Pen+Brush, Lavender Review: Lesbian Poetry and Art, TQ Review: A Journal of Trans and Queer Voices, and The Apogee Journal to name a few.

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Season of Eclipse By Terry Wolverton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781642475142
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Published: Bella Books - February 20th, 2024

After a chance encounter with terrorism at JFK leaves her snapping photos instead of fleeing, celebrated novelist Marielle finds herself thrust into the Witness Protection program--stripped of her vibrant life and identity.

Transitory (Micky Knight Mystery #11) By J. M. Redmann Cover Image
ISBN: 9781636792514
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Published: Bold Strokes Books - September 12th, 2023

The cops blow it off, another Black transgender woman who surprised a customer with what was under the dress--bad luck she was pushed out of the car and then hit by another vehicle. But Micky Knight witnessed it, crossing the street at the right--or wrong--time, only yards away from what didn't look at all like an accident to her. The woman was dressed more like a librarian than a sex worker.

Love Dies Twice (Cassandra Reilly Mysteries) By Barbara Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780988356788
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Published: Barbara Sjoholm - May 27th, 2022

Cassandra Reilly, an Irish-American translator and amateur sleuth, shares a flat in London with her long-time friend, retired bassoonist Nicky Gibbons. Their lives are disrupted when Cassandra attends a lecture on the beguines, laywomen who lived in sisterhood in thirteenth-century Belgium.

Two Wings to Hide My Face By Penny Mickelbury Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612942773
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Published: Bywater Books - December 5th, 2023

Award-winning author and journalist Penny Mickelbury returns to pre-Civil War Philadelphia to continue the powerful saga of Genie Oliver and Abigail Read.

Event Summary: 
A discussion about writing mysteries, influences, lesbian sleuths, and the pleasures of reading lesbian mysteries.