Published : Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 5:05 PM
On Saturday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse hosts the panel ON THE RUN: Australian Crime Writers in America. Pasadena author Désirée Zamorano moderates this discussion with visiting authors Sulari Gentill, Robert Gott, Jock Serong, and Emma Viskic.
On the Run is a group of four award-winning Australian crime writers, who recently received a grant by the Australia Council for the Arts to tour the United States. The tour seeks to take advantage of the recent worldwide interest in Australian crime to introduce America to some of Australia’s next international bestsellers. It is the first tour of its kind.
Sulari Gentill is the critically acclaimed author of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, which has won one Davitt Award and been shortlisted for a further four, as well as two Ned Kelly Awards, two Australian Book Industry Awards, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; and Crossing the Lines, a postmodern psychological thriller, which won the 2018 Ned Kelly Award.
Jock Serong is the much lauded author of Quota, The Rules of Backyard Cricket, On the Java Ridge, and Preservation. He been the recipient of the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, the JCU Colin Roderick Award, the HT Priestley Medal, and the Staunch Prize.
Emma Viskic’s Resurrection Bay won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and an unprecedented three Davitt Awards. It was shortlisted for the UK’s prestigious Gold Dagger and New Blood Awards and is currently nominated for a Barry Award. And Fire Came Down won the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Crime Novel and was longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award.
Dr. Robert Gott is the author of seven historical crime novels (set in Australia in the 1940s) for adults. Two of these, Amongst the Dead and The Holiday Murders have been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. Gott has been invited to write several articles for The Age newspaper and also wrote the Class Act column for the education section of that publication. He is the creator of the cartoon The Adventures of Naked Man which ran weekly for 19 years in The Age and also appeared in three newspapers in New Zealand.
Moderator Désirée Zamorano is a Pushcart prize nominee and award-winning short story writer. She also wrote two plays with her sister, “Reina” and ”Bell Gardens 90201,” that received equity productions and toured for a total of eight years. She is the author of the novel The Amado Women. Zamorano explores contemporary issues of injustice and inequity through her mystery series featuring private investigator, Inez Leon. Her book Modern Cons is a story of psychological suspense where she explores the reverberations of being raised by a con artist.
On the Run will be featured at several bookstores and literary events in the U.S. The Australian reading public will join them on tour via vlogs, blogs, and social media. On the Run will send back daily pieces to be published on Arts Daily and other Australian websites.
“We hope to meet as many Americans as possible, make friends, establish links and celebrate all the colour and complexity of the mystery genre and record the experience for posterity… and our own amusement!”
For more information, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Take the Angeles Crest exit off the 210, turn south, make a right onto Foothill Blvd., and turn left onto Chevy Chase. Parking is in the rear of the store.