CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
'Women Mystery Writers' discusses women's influence on mystery genre
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The influence of women writers on the development
of the mystery fiction genre will be explored in a special program, "Women
Mystery Writers," at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the North Exhibition
Hall at the UI Main Library.
Registration and a reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.,
followed by the discussion at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and is open to
The program will be presented by Sandra Ballasch, UI reference librarian
and Lois Cox, UI law professor.
Ballasch is a self-taught expert on the mystery genre has curated two
special exhibitions on the subject. Cox frequently attends Bouchercon,
the annual international mystery convention and has presented other programs
on the mystery genre. Cox belongs to a local mystery book club that focuses
on the work of women writers.
"The development of the mystery genre has been strongly influenced
by women, and it is one of the few examples in literary history where women
are nearly as well represented as men right from the beginning," says
Katherine Green (18461935) wrote contemporaneously with Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories. The work of early
20th-century authors Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers have been translated
into numerous languages, and continue to be made into film and television
projects. Other notable contemporary mystery authors include Mary Higgins
Clark, Amanda Cross, Sue Grafton, PD James, and Sara Paretksy.
"Women Mystery Writers" is sponsored by the UI Libraries and
the UI Alumni Association. Additional support comes from Lensing Funeral
and Cremation Service, Iowa City.