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Key West Mystery Writer's Fest


The 2019 Mystery Writer’s Fest will be the 6th annual writer’s fest, featuring renowned writers from all over the world. The festival welcomes current writers, aspiring writers, and fans, to join them in the US’s southernmost city. Writers will share the ins and outs of how and why they do it, meet and greet fans, and sign your favorite books. Writers include Jeffrey Deaver, Heather Graham, Lisa Black, Jane Bock, Micki Browning, John H. Cunningham, Carla Norton, and many more. Visit the website to see the full list >

2019 Mystery Fest Key West
Schedule of Events: June 28-30

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 Reception
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Veranda of the Key West Art & Historical Society’s Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street , Key West
Proclamation: Mayor Teri Johnson
Welcome: Heather Graham
Wine and cheese
Followed by Sunset Celebration at nearby Mallory Square. 

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 
Mystery Fest Program
Location: Helmerich Auditorium at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, Key West
8:30 a.m. Coffee and Pastries
8:45 Introduction: Shirrel Rhoades
9:00 – Forensics for writers
9:00 – 9:30          Lisa Black, New York Times bestselling author and working forensic scientist.
9:30 – 10:00        Jane Bock, author and forensic plant science expert; worked on JonBenet Ramsey case.
10:00 – 10:30      Micki Browning, author and police captain.
10:30 – 11:00  State of the Publishing Industry 
Presented by Bob DiForio, literary agent; former President of New American Library
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. The Whodunit Mystery Writing Award
Presented by Robin Robinson 
11:45 – 12:00 p.m. Presentation of the Florida Keys Community College Scholarship Winners
12:00 p.m. Luncheon
12:30 – 1:45 Keynote Speaker: Jeffery Deaver (“The Bone Collector”)
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Panel: How I got started as a mystery writer
Heather Graham (Moderator)
John Cunningham
Diane A.S. Stuckart  
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Panel: Why I write the kind of mysteries I write
Mike Dennis – Noir (Moderator)
Cheryl Hollon - Cozy 
Bill Craig – P.I.
Carla Norton – True Crime
Gray Basnight – Thrillers
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Panel: How I plot a mystery
Rick Ollerman (moderator)
Wayne Gales
David Beckwith
Bob Coburn
Renee Kumor 
4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Book Signings

Saturday Evening
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Hemingway Rum Company/Papa's Pilar Distillery, 201 Simonton St.
Presentation: How Rum is made
Rum Sampling

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 
Location: Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley, 202 William Street, Key West
8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Brunch

Earlier Event: June 5
Key West Pride 2019
Later Event: October 20
Zombie Bike Ride