Presenters: Angie Kim, Jennifer Mathieu, Deborah Goodrich Royce, Tim Wynne-Jones
Moderator: Karen Nemecek
Many readers can recall the first time they cracked open a book that kept them awake, flashlight in hand, flipping pages until the wee hours of the morning. The book was likely one filled with twists and turns, cliff hangers, and a mystery that kept the reader guessing. Too often, we began to find these stories predictable and in need of original plots, experimental narrative structures, and believably-flawed characters. The authors that rise to the occasion are those who craft intelligent suspense novels that do not succumb to the tropes and cliches of the genre, yet still manage to keep us up well after bedtime.