Special Speakers and Guests 

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Benjamin Hedin has written for several publications, including The New YorkerThe AtlanticSlateThe NationChicago TribunePoets and Writers, and The Oxford American. His most recent book is In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now. Hedin is also the editor of an anthology, Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader, and the producer and author of a forthcoming documentary film, The Blues House. He has taught at New York University and The New School. Visit him at www.benjaminhedin.com.


Steven James
edited favoriteis a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding novels continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Suspense Magazine, who named James’ book The Bishop their book of the year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game.” And RT Book Reviews promises, “the nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

With a Master’s Degree in Storytelling, James has taught writing and storytelling around the world and is one of the seven Master CraftFest instructors at ThrillerFest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers.

Respected by some of the top crime writers in the world, James deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As Christy Award-Winning novelist Ann Tatlock put it, “Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart.”

Besides his Patrick Bowers and Jevin Banks series, Steven has also written Blur, the first of his teen suspense series, and Story Trumps Structure, a guide to the craft of novel writing.  Visit him at http://www.stevenjames.net.

Speakers and Guests

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