A panel of local crime novelists will discuss 20th Century Crime Fiction in California on Thursday, July 31 with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Pasadena Central Library's Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut Street. The panel discussion will be led by moderator Denise Hamilton and feature panelists; Kim Cooper, author of The Kept Girl, a great novel inspired by Raymond Chandler's early days in LA, Tom Nolan, Ross Macdonald's biographer, and Julie Rivett, Dashiell Hammett's granddaughter and biographer.
Denise Hamilton is an American crime novelist, journalist and editor of the Edgar-award winning anthologies Los Angeles Noir and Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics. Hamilton's five Eve Diamond crime novels have been short-listed for many awards, including the Edgar Award in mystery, Willa Cather award in literary fiction and the UK's Creasey Dagger Award.
Kim Cooper is the creator of 1947project, the crime-a-day blog that spawned Esotouric's popular bus tours, including The Real Black Dahlia and Pasadena Confidential. With husband Richard Schave, Cooper curates the cultural and forensic science salons of LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. Cooper's books include Fall in Love For Life, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, Lost in the Grooves and an oral history of the band Neutral Milk Hotel. Her debut novel, the fact-based The Kept Girl ("Commendable" - Kirkus) stars the young Raymond Chandler and the real-life Philip Marlowe sleuthing a murderous cult of angel worshippers.
Tom Nolan, the author of the critically acclaimed and Edgar Award–nominated Ross Macdonald: A Biography is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal's Leisure & Arts page.
Julie Rivett is one of four grandchildren of Dashiell Hammett and a trustee for the Hammett literary estate. Working with Hammett biographer Richard Layman, she has edited four books by or about her famous grandfather: Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett 1921-1960, Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers, Return of the Thin Man, and The Hunter and Other Stories. When she's not editing, volunteering for arts and literacy organizations, or minding her granddaughter, Julie Rivett curates Hammett and Falcon exhibits, writes about Hammett and Sam Spade, and lectures throughout the U.S. on her grandfather and his works.