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Magna cum Murder XIX: October 25-27, 2013



E.B. & BERTHA C. BALL CENTER, Ball State University



INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Magna cum Murder is celebrating its 19th annual McM Crime Writing Festival, Oct. 25-27! Another amazing array of crime writers, readers, booksellers, and other publishing industry professionals will meet at the historic Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, Ind., for a weekend of panels, programs, interviews, and book signings with some of your favorite crime writers.


Guest of Honor, bestselling author, Steve Hamilton, won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work. His novels have won numerous awards and media acclaim beginning with the very first in the Alex McKnight series, A Cold Day in Paradise, which won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Award for Best First Mystery by an Unpublished Writer. Once published, it went on to win the MWA Edgar and the PWA Shamus Awards for Best First Novel, and was short-listed for the Anthony and Barry Awards. His novel The Lock Artist won the 2011 Edgar Award. The awards didn't stop there but he's too modest to crow about them.


Born and brought up in Detroit, Hamilton graduated from the University of Michigan where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for fiction. Hamilton currently works for IBM in upstate New York where he lives with his wife Julia and their two children.


Hank P Ryan Banquet keynote speaker, Hank Phillippi Ryan, is the on-the-air investigative reporter for the NBC affiliate in Boston, Massachusetts. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, she attended Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio. A former radio reporter, U.S. Senate staffer and editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine, Ryan began her TV career at WTHR in Indianapolis in 1975. After five years as political reporter for an Atlanta station, she moved to Boston as a general assignment reporter, and in 1989 was named principal reporter for the station's investigative unit. Ryan has won 28 Emmy Awards and 12 Edward R. Murrow Awards for her investigative and consumer reporting.


Her first published novel, Prime Time, won the Agatha Award for best first mystery. Her newest thriller, the best-selling The Other Woman, was published by Forge in September 2012, to be followed by The Wrong Girl in 2013. The Other Woman has been nominated for the MWA/MARY HIGGINS CLARK award, named to Boston Globe 2012 Crime Fiction TOP TEN, an RT Reviewers Choice Nominee for BEST BOOKS AND AUTHORS OF 2012 Best Mystery and Suspense, named a TOP BOOK of 2012 by The Kansas City Star, and selected as one of Suspense Magazine's BEST BOOKS OF 2012!  


She is also on the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America (and an instructor at MWA-U) and is president of national Sisters in Crime.


This year's One Festival One Book Selection is The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.


For full and partial registration details, visit The program is sponsored by The E.B. & Bertha C. Ball Center of Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306. For more information contact: Kathryn Kennison or Jama Bigger, 765-285-8975.

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