Sunday, September 24, 2023


Midwest Mystery Conference, November 11, 2023, 9:00-5:00p

Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan, 2nd fl, Chicago, IL
Formerly Murder and Mayhem in Chicago

The Midwest Mystery Conference is a bi-annual event featuring some of the Midwest’s top mystery/crime writers and a few of their friends, too. This event is perfect for crime readers and librarians hoping to find new books to read and aspiring crime writers hoping to learn about the mystery community and writing and publishing careers. With a single track of panels and keynote conversations, the Midwest Mystery Conference is a great opportunity to connect with your favorite authors, and meet a few new ones!
The venue is fully accessible and registration includes a tote bag full of books and goodies!


8:30a-9:15a: Check in / Registration

9:15a – Opening remarks from Midwest Mystery Conference organizers Dana Kaye, Lori Rader-Day, and Tracy Clark

9:30-10:15a – Starting with a Bang: Thrillers

  • Jen Collins Moore, moderator
  • Tracy Clark
  • Tori Eldridge
  • Mindy Mejia
  • Nick Petrie
10:30-11:15a – Murder Among Friends; Cozies

  • Julie Hennrikus, moderator
  • Juneau Black (Sharon Nagel and Jocelyn Cole)
  • JC Kenney
  • Mia Manansala
  • Mindy Quigley
11:30a-12:15p – First-Time Thrills: Debuts

  • Tracy Clark, moderator
  • Lina Chern
  • Cindy Fazzi
  • Rebecca McKanna
  • Kate Robards
12:15-1:45p – Lunch on your own or with Sisters in Crime Chicagoland and Cheryl Head 1:45-2:30p – The Inside Buzz on Audiobooks

  • Eleanor Imbody, moderator
  • Amy Deuchler
  • Anne Marie Lewis
  • Shaina Summerville
  • Marcus Zarco
2:45-3:30p – The Past Isn’t Even Past: Historicals

  • Susanna Calkins, moderator
  • Dianne Freeman
  • Cheryl Head
  • Anna Lee Huber
  • Mary Winters
3:45-4:30p – From Inside the House: Psychological/Domestic Thrillers

  • Keir Graff, moderator
  • Sean Doolittle
  • Carol Dunbar
  • Lori Rader-Day
  • Tony Wirt
4:30-4:45p – Closing remarks from Dana, Lori, Tracy

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