Thursday, May 25, 2017

International Historical Mystery Literary Salon: Annamaria Alfieri & Michael J. Cooper

Join Mystery Readers NorCal for an evening International Historical Mystery Literary Salon with Annamaria Alfieri & Michael Cooper!

When: Wednesday, May 31, 7 p.m.
Where: RSVP for venue address (Berkeley, CA)
This is a free event, but YOU MUST RSVP to attend.
Bring books by Annamaria Alfieri & Michael J. Cooper if you'd like them to sign.
RSVP required. Address of venue sent with acceptance.
RSVP: janet @

Annamaria Alfieri set her first three historical mysteries in South America. Her debut garnered this praise from The Washington Post: "As both history and mystery City of Silver glitters."  Of the first of her Africa series, Strange Gods placed in British East Africa in 1911, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said "the flair of Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, the cunning of Agatha Christie and Elspeth Huxley." The Idol of Mombasa joined the series in 2016. Alfieri, along with Michael Stanley, edited the anthology Sunshine Noir, which Peter James called "a gem — a whole new movement," in crime fiction.

Michael J. Cooper, a native of Berkeley, California, graduated from Oakland High School in 1966 and emigrated to Israel. He lived in Jerusalem during the last year the city was divided between Israel and Jordan, and remained in Israel for the next decade. He studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and graduated from Tel Aviv University Medical School. Now a pediatric cardiologist at UCSF-Benioff Children's Hospital, he volunteers for medical missions in the West Bank at least twice a year serving children who lack access to care. His debut novel, Foxes in the Vineyard, set in 1948 Jerusalem, won the grand prize in the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest. The Rabbi’s Knight was a finalist for the 2014 Chaucer Award for historical fiction.

Upcoming Literary Salons in Berkeley:

June 8: R. Franklin James & Susan Spann. 7 p.m.

June 21: Barry Lancet, 7 p.m

July 13: Ellen Kirschman, 7 p.m.

July 20: Cara Black & Susan Shea, 7 p.m.

July 26: James Ziskin, 7 p.m.

September 13: Amy Stewart, 7 p.m.

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