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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
6:00 PM


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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


“An ambitious book, noirish, Dickensian in a modern way, and rooted in the realistic tradition. It tells a complex story.” - Stuart Dybek, MacArthur Award Winner

“Touching, salty, brutal, organized, lost, powerful and tragic.” - Janet Burroway, author of Writing Fiction

Cheryl Reed discusses her fiction debut, "Poison Girls." She will be joined in conversation by Sara Paretsky.

At 57th Street Books

About the book: It’s the summer of 2008 and Chicago’s Hyde Park Senator is running for the White House, the city is vying to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, and fentanyl-laced heroin has killed more than 250 people. Privilege and politics collide when the poisonous heroin starts targeting white teenage girls from Democratic powerhouse families. Natalie Delaney, a thirty-something crime reporter, finds that her obsession for the case may cost her everything.

About the author: Cheryl L. Reed is a veteran journalist. She is the author of "Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns," which chronicles her four years living off and on with nuns across the country. A former editor and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers, Cheryl has won many awards for her investigative reporting, including Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction from Northwestern University and recently was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching investigative reporting in Ukraine where freedom of the press is still in its infancy. She is currently an assistant professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communication. Cheryl’s reportage of deadly drug use among girls is the inspiration for this novel. "Poison Girls" is her fiction debut.

About the interlocutor: Hailed by P.D. James as “the most remarkable” of modern crime writers, Sara Paretsky is the New York Times-bestselling author of twenty novels, including the renowned "V.I. Warshawski" series. She is one of only four living writers -- alongside John Le Carré, Sue Grafton, and Lawrence Block -- to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago with her husband.