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NCW Libraries is partnering with Write on the River to offer the live, virtual program A Nicer Kind of Murder: The Evolution of Crime Fiction with award-winning author Matthew Sullivan.

This Humanities Washington program will be at 7 p.m. March 16 and hosted on the Zoom platform.

From Edgar Allen Poe to Sherlock Holmes to British cozy mysteries, Sullivan will trace the many influences from the postwar and modern eras on the mystery genre and show how empathy plays a unique role in contemporary crime novels.

Sullivan is a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, a panel of professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists and others who offer their expertise and inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds.

He is the author of the novel Midnight in the Bright Ideas Bookstore, and his essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times, Spokesman-Review and many other publications. He is currently working on a crime novel set in Soap Lake.

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