Presenters: Rene Denfeld, Karen Dionne, Paul Doiron, Bryan Reardon
Moderator: Kent Case
In blurbs, press releases and trade reviews, all of the featured books on this panel have been deemed "page turners." We, as readers, have all used this term at one time or another to describe a book we have read, or when seeking a recommendation of what to read next. A book that keeps us turning the pages, right? We know it when we read it and stay up way to late finishing it, but just how do writers of page turners keep us flipping through chapters at such a rapid pace? There are clearly unmistakeable elements in the plot, character development, tone and language, atmosphere, and dialogue that cause us to read some books more quickly than others. It is fascinating to consider how these writers think about crafting stories in such a way, and how they might define their own work. Do they stay up late writing, too?