'Murder at the Museum': October 25-26

For the second year in a row, the University Museum presents a new kind of public symposium--in which best-selling mystery novelists, journalists, booksellers and mystery buffs join scholars in anthropolgy, archaeology and philosophy to explore the fine art of murder.

Sessions begin with a writers' panel Friday evening, October 25 and continue Saturday, October 26 with talks and workshops. The finale is a murder mystery dinner in Upper Egypt where the diners turn detective.

The theme this year is Sudden Death: Sports, Murder and Anthropology, inspired in part by the Museum's special exhibition on the ancient Olympic games.

Guests can register for one, two or all three of the events (see details below).

Friday, October 25

Five writers of sports-oriented mysteries speak at the opening panel, Let the Games Begin: The Mystery Writer's Arena, 6 p.m.; the authors stay for a reception and book-signing Friday evening, and return for a workshop Saturday afternoon. They are:

Aaron Elkins, the Edgar Award winner who teams with his wife, Charlotte Elkins, for a new series featuring a golf pro, Lee Ofsted ( A Wicked Slice; Rotten Lies).

Harlan Coben, creator of a sports agent detective, Myron Bolitar ( Deal Breaker; Dropshot).

Troy Soos, creator of Utility Infielder Mickey Rawlings, who found Murder at Fenway Park and again at Ebbets Field and Wrigley Field in a nostalgic series.

Jody Jaffe, whose horse-show reporter Nathalie Gold started with Horse of a Different Killer and went on to Chestnut Mare, Beware .

Saturday, October 26

(Note: The Saturday day-time events have been cancelled.)

Saturday Evening

At dinner with the authors and experts, participants are challenged to solve a murder mystery with an ancient Egyptian theme when the Murder to Go theatre group invents Virginia Jones and the Falcon's Curse while the Museum Catering Company presents dinner.


For more information or to register, telephone the Museum Special Events Office at 898-4890. Costs:

Friday's panel--$15 ($10 for Musem members, senior citizens and full-time students with ID).

Saturday's talks and workshops--$60 ($40 for members, senior citizens and full-time students with ID).

Saturday box lunch (optional)--$10.

Saturday night reception/dinner--$55 (limit 250).


Volume 43 Number 9
October 22, 1996

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