January 18-May 12, 2013: The British Library's Murder in the Library is hosting an incredible exhibit and events. As part of the exhibit there will be special events and talks.
January 21: Real Crime, Real Fiction
Does the consumption of crime novels influence the way we read about
real crime? Where does ‘true crime’, which takes its inspiration from
actual events rather than mere imagination, fit in? This panel
discussion of writers, curators and journalists explores the impact of
real-life crimes on the writing and production of crime fiction, both on
television and in print. Host: writer and journalist Barry Forshaw, with authors Laura Wilson, Robert Ryan and Mark Billingham and Carla Connolly, curator at St Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum.
February 8: The Story of Crime Fiction Mark Lawson, who recently wrote and presented BBC Radio 4 series Foreign Bodies: A History of Modern Europe Through Literary Detectives, is joined by crime fiction writers, P D James, Henry Sutton and Jason Webster to discuss the history of the genre, their favourite classics and their own work.
March 8: The Female Detective
Britain's first-ever lady detective Miss Gladden appeared in The Female Detective
published in 1864, where she exposed killers while concealing her own
identity. Since then the female sleuth, from Agatha Christie's Miss
Marple to Alexander McCall Smith's Mma Ramotswe, has captivated readers
of crime fiction. But what is is about the female detective that makes
her an icon of the genre? There will be a panel of writers engaged in a debate.