October 6, 2010
Magna Cum Murder Returns!

After a one-year hiatus, Magna cum Murder is back for the 16th annual McM Crime Writing Festival! Another amazing array of crime writers, readers, booksellers, and other publishing industry professionals will meet in Muncie, Ind., for a weekend of panels, programs, interviews, and book signings with some of your favorite crime writers.

The Guest of Honor is internationally bestselling author, Charles Todd, best known for the extraordinary post World War I novels featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge, a returning shell-shocked veteran of the Great War.  Washington Post Book World says, “Todd’s Ian Rutledge mysteries are among the most intelligent and affecting being written these days,” and The New York Times says, “If anyone can turn a simple village mystery into a brooding Greek tragedy, it’s Charles Todd. Todd handles….grave issues with great compassion for his morally bewildered characters, who have had enough of guilt and retribution and long only for peace.” Currently there are 11 novels in this critically acclaimed series.

Charles Todd, who is actually a mother and son writing team, Charles and Caroline Todd, have also written a stand-alone novel, The Murder Stone, featuring Francesca Hatton; and A Duty to the Dead, the first in the widely praised Bess Crawford series was released in 2009. The second in that series, An Impartial Witness will be released in August, 2010, and the 12th Ian Rutledge novel, A Lonely Death, will be released in January, 2011.

Banquet keynote speaker, J. Steven White, has directed fight scenes for many actors ranging from Denzel Washington to Madonna. As a teacher for 24 years, he worked for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the American Conservatory Theatre, and the New York Shakespeare Festival. He has directed fights in more than 100 professional productions for ballet, film and theatre. His fight direction for Broadway includes After the Fall (Peter Krause), Anthony and Cleopatra (Vanessa Redgrave), Cymbeline (Liev Schreiber and Michael Hall) among others. Currently, he also serves on the faculty of the Graduate Program at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts and the Shakespeare Lab at the Public Theatre.

For full and partial registration details, visit www.magnacummurder.com.

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