Sue Grafton, Mystery and Suspense Author, to Speak about Her Life and Career

in Arts, News Releases
December 1st, 2004

Contact: Clementine Brown, 617-353-1309 | clemente@bu.edu

(Boston) – Sue Grafton, distinguished mystery, crime, and suspense author, will speak about her life and career at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University on December 6, 2004, previewing her new exhibition entitled “SUE GRAFTON: Woman of Mystery,” opening to the public from December 7, 2004 through January 7, 2005.

Included in the exhibition are first edition books, manuscript pages from a number of Grafton’s novels, photographs, and memorabilia.

Grafton has been described by People Magazine as “the best of a new breed of female mystery writers.” In her stories featuring California private investigator Kinsey Millhone, Grafton has chosen to feature a heroine rather than the traditional male hero. She draws on elements of the classic private eye genre, providing a thoroughly up-to-date feminine version of Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled gumshoe.

She adapted a theme for titling her books called the “alphabet series” that began in 1982 with A Is for Alibi, which achieved international success with readership scoring in the millions. This New York Times bestselling author is published in 26 languages in 28 countries, including Estonia, Bulgaria, and Indonesia.

Grafton’s latest book, “R is for Ricochet,” was published in August 2004.

Grafton’s life’s work is housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center along with the archives of more than 2,000 other notable figures of the twentieth century.

Sue Grafton’s lecture is the sixteenth Abraham S. Burack Lecture.

For further information, please call Laura Russo at 617-353-3696.

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