"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser


"Biblioanalysis: Psychology In Mystery Writing"

Join us for an exciting panel co-sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and the Studio City Public Library.

Meet mystery authors who use a psychological perspective to motivate their characters and build suspense. 

The event is free, and coffee and snacks will be provided.

 DENNIS PALUMBO  (Moderator)

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist and author of Writing From the Inside Out (John Wiley). He also blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand, Written By and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press).  His acclaimed series of mystery thrillers (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, and the latest,  Night Terrors), feature Daniel Rinaldi, a psychologist who consults with the Pittsburgh Police.  The next, Phantom Limb, comes out in September. All are from Poisoned Pen Press. For more info, please visit www.dennispalumbo.com

Meet the panel...


Craig Faustus Buck is a journalist, TV writer-producer, screenwriter, short-story writer, nonfiction book author and novelist.  He co-authored two #1 NYT nonfiction bestsellers (one pop-psychology the other pop-gynecology), wrote an Oscar-nominated short film, and co-wrote the original miniseries V: The Final Battle.  His agent is currently shopping his first noir novel, Go Down Hard, which won First Runner Up for the Claymore Award at Killer Nashville.  His indie feature, Smuggling for Gandhi, is slated to go into production in June.  And his first novella, Psycho Logic was published in March by the Stark Raving Group and is available on bookxy.com.


Laurie Stevens is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. Her debut novel, The Dark Before Dawn, begins a psychological suspense series. The novel earned the Kirkus Star, was named to Krkus Reviews' "Best of 2011," and was honored at the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival. Deep into Dusk, the second in the series, won the Southern California Book Festival, was honored at the London Book Fest, and named Shelf Unbound's 2013 Notable Page-Turner. Her story "Kill Joy" is featured in the anthology, Last Exit to Murder. Laurie lives near Los Angeles with her husband and two children. To learn more, visit http://www.lauriestevensbooks.com.


L.A. Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent  a number of years as the  Director of Development for Wolfgang Petersen,
where he worked with writers, producers and studio executives to
develop screenplays for production. Among the film  projects he helped
develop are Air Force One, Outbreak and  Bicentennial  Man.  His  two novels, BOULEVARD and  BEAT, follow the dysfunctional journey of LAPD  Robbery-Homicide detective Hayden Glass as he fights crime while struggling with his own sex-addiction.  Stephen has worked professionally as a  screenwriter and is currently writing an international thriller. 

Don't miss this terrific event!

Studio City Public Library, 3-5 PM 
12511 Moorpark Street
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 755-7873

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