Episode 5

Suzanne Nossel and Andrew Marantz
in conversation with Sewell Chan.

Sewell Chan, Editorial Page Editor for the Los Angeles Times, met for a virtual conversation with renowned authors Suzanne Nossel and Andrew Marantz to discuss freedom of speech, recent important case studies, and the implications of the rise of technology and social media in free speech issues.

Suzanne Nossel

Andrew Meyer

Sewell Chan


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Suzanne Nossel

Suzanne Nossel is Chief Executive Officer at PEN America. She is a leading voice on free expression issues in the United States and globally, writing and being interviewed frequently for national and international media outlets. Prior to joining PEN America, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. She has served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, leading US engagement in the UN and multilateral institutions on human right issues, and in the Clinton Administration as Deputy to the US Ambassador for UN Management and Reform. Nossel coined the term “Smart Power,” which was the title of a 2004 article she published in Foreign Affairs Magazine and later became the theme of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure in office. She is a featured columnist for Foreign Policy magazine and has published op-eds in The New York Times, Washington Post, and LA Times, as well as scholarly articles in Foreign Affairs, Dissent, and Democracy, among others.

PEN America’s Emerging Voices Fellowship is a grantee of The Pasadena Literary Alliance.

Dare To Speak

In Dare to Speak, Suzanne Nossel, a leading voice in support of free expression, delivers a vital, necessary guide to maintaining democratic debate that is open, free-wheeling but at the same time respectful of the rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions in a changing country. Centered on practical principles, Nossel’s primer equips readers with the tools needed to speak one’s mind in today’s diverse, digitized, and highly-divided society without resorting to curbs on free expression.

Andrew Marantz

Andrew Marantz is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he has worked since 2011. His work has also appeared in Harper’sNew York, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and many other publications. A contributor to Radiolab and The New Yorker Radio Hour, he has spoken at TED and has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and many other outlets.

Antisocial

Andrew Marantz has been embedded in two worlds. The first is the world of social-media entrepreneurs, who, acting out of naïveté and reckless ambition, upended all traditional means of receiving and transmitting information. The second is the world of the people he calls “the gate crashers”–the conspiracists, white supremacists and nihilist trolls who have become experts at using social media to advance their corrosive agenda. Antisocial ranges broadly–from the first mass-printed books to the trending hashtags of the present; from secret gatherings of neo-Fascists to the White House press briefing room–and traces how the unthinkable becomes thinkable, and then how it becomes reality. Combining the keen narrative detail of Bill Buford’s Among the Thugs and the sweep of George Packer’s The Unwinding, Antisocial reveals how the boundaries between technology, media, and politics have been erased, resulting in a deeply broken informational landscape–the landscape in which we all now live. Marantz shows how alienated young people are led down the rabbit hole of online radicalization, and how fringe ideas spread–from anonymous corners of social media to cable TV to the President’s Twitter feed. Marantz also sits with the creators of social media as they start to reckon with the forces they have unleashed.

Sewell Chan

Sewell Chan is an American journalist who currently serves as the editorial page editor at the Los Angeles Times. In this role, he oversees the editorial board and the Op-Ed and Sunday Opinion pages. Chan previously served as a deputy managing editor, overseeing foreign and national news coverage; the front page; the Data and Graphics Department; the multi-platform copy desks; newsletters; and the editorial library. He also supervised the home page and audience engagement teams and helped reorganize them into an integrated News Desk. Before joining The Times in September 2018, Chan worked for 14 years at The New York Times, where he was a metro reporter, Washington correspondent, deputy Op-Ed editor and international news editor. Chan began his career in July 2000 as a reporter at the Washington Post, reporting on local government, education, and social services. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer. A native New Yorker, Chan grew up in an immigrant family and was the first in his family to finish college. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in social studies and received a master’s degree in politics from Oxford, where he studied on a British Marshall scholarship. Chan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and PEN America, which defends free expression. He serves on the board of the News Leaders Association (formerly the American Society of News Editors) and the Board of Incorporators of Harvard Magazine. He was previously a member of the national advisory board at the Poynter Institute.

Episode 4

Lee Goldberg & Nicholas Meyer in conversation with Leslie S. Klinger.

Award-winning authors and TV/screenwriters Nicholas Meyer and Lee Goldberg discuss mystery writing, writing in television versus books, directing and production with Leslie S. Klinger.

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Nicholas Meyer

Leslie S. Klinger


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Lee Goldberg

Lee Goldberg is a New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels, TV writer and producer. He published his first book .357 Vigilante (as “Ian Ludlow,” so he would be on the shelf next to Robert Ludlum). His subsequent books include the non-fiction Successful Television Writing and Unsold Television Pilots as well as the novels My Gun Has BulletsThe Walk, King CityMcGraveDead Space, and Watch Me Die, nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Novel from the “Private Eye Writers of America.” He’s also writer/co-creator of The Dead Man, the monthly series of original novels published by Amazon’s 47North imprint, and co-author with Janet Evanovich of the five international bestselling Fox & O’Hare novels and two New York Times. Goldberg broke into television with a script sale of Spenser: For Hire. His TV writing & producing credits cover a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (seaQuest), cop shows (Hunter, The Glades), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis MurderNero Wolfe), the occult (She-Wolf of London), kid’s shows (R.L. Stine’s The Nightmare Room), and comedy (Monk). His TV mystery writing has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America. Goldberg’s two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he wrote the Diagnosis Murder book series, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced. He followed that up by writing fifteen bestselling novels based on the TV show Monk.

Fake Truth

Author Ian Ludlow writes great adventures…but after helping Chinese movie star Wang Mei defect to the United States, he becomes the accidental hero of a real-life espionage thriller. Now he’s stuck with the actress, and suffering a nasty case of writer’s block, when he stumbles into a secret Russian plot using “fake news” to outrage Americans into believing a terrifying lie. It’s up to Ian and Margo French, his researcher-turned-spy, to discover the connection between a barbaric drug lord in Mexico, a homicidal rapist in California, a rogue citizens army in Texas, a raging TV pundit in New York, and two dead tourists in Portugal…before the President of the United States makes a catastrophic mistake that could resurrect the Soviet Union.

Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and director. His body of creative work in publishing, film, and television spans more than five decades. He published his first novel, Target Practice, that won an Edgar nomination. His Sherlock Holmes pastiche, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, remained on the NY Times Bestseller list for 40 weeks and won the British Gold Dagger award for crime fiction and the screenplay for the film was nominated for an Academy Award. Subsequent novels include four other Holmes pastiches, NY Times Bestseller The West End HorrorThe Canary TrainerThe Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols, and Black Orchid with Barry Jay Kaplan, as well as Confessions of a Homing Pigeon and Meyer’s memoir, The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood. A new Sherlock Holmes novel, The Return of The Pharaoh, will be published fall 2020. Meyer made his directing debut in 1979 with a film he wrote, Time After Time. He went on to direct Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan widely considered the best of the Star Trek cinema canon. Meyer wrote two screenplays based on Philip Roth novels: The Human Stain and Elegy which was based on Roth’s The Dying Animal. Meyer directed ABC’s The Day After, which remains the single most-watched television film ever made (100 million people in one night) and was nominated for fourteen Emmy’s. Meyer’s script for the miniseries, Houdini was nominated for a WGA award and the series for seven Emmy’s. He is co-creator of the Netflix series Medici—Masters of Florence and worked on Star Trek: Discovery for CBS Access.

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols

January 1905: Holmes and Watson are summoned by Holmes’ brother Mycroft to undertake a clandestine investigation. An agent of the British Secret Service has been found floating in the Thames, carrying a manuscript smuggled into England at the cost of her life. The pages purport to be the minutes of a meeting of a secret group intent on nothing less than taking over the world. Based on real events, the adventure takes the famed duo—in the company of a bewitching woman—aboard the Orient Express from Paris into the heart of Tsarist Russia, where Holmes and Watson attempt to trace the origins of this explosive document. On their heels are desperate men of unknown allegiance, determined to prevent them from achieving their task. And what they uncover is a conspiracy so vast as to challenge Sherlock Holmes as never before.

Leslie S. Klinger

Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, Frankenstein, and the history of mystery and horror fiction. Klinger is a long-time member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s Biography Series. He served three terms as Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and on its National Board. His work has received numerous awards and nominations, including the Edgar for Best Critical-Biographical Book in 2005 for The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories and in 2019 for Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s. Klinger also lectures extensively on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dracula, Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft, and the Victorian age. He was the technical advisor for Warner Bros. on the film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and served (without credit) in that role for Warner Bros.’ earlier hit Sherlock Holmes (2009). He has consulted on a number of novels, comic books, and graphic novels featuring Holmes and Dracula. He has taught a number of courses on these topics for UCLA Extension. Klinger has travelled extensively as a public speaker on these topics, including programs in Istanbul, Transylvania, Toronto, and the House of Lords in London, as well as college campuses around the U.S.

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes

The publication of Klinger’s brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s four classic Holmes novels created a Holmes sensation. Klinger reassembles Doyle’s four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 notes, 350 illustrations and period photographs, and tantalizing new Sherlockian theories. Inside, readers will find: A Study in Scarlet – a tale of murder and revenge that tells of Holmes and Dr. Watson’s first meeting; The Sign of Four – a chilling tale of lost treasure…and of how Watson met his wife; The Hound of the Baskervilles hailed as the greatest mystery novel of all time; and The Valley of Fear – a fresh murder scene that leads Holmes to solve a long-forgotten mystery. This classic work illuminates the timeless genius of Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation.

Episode 3 – available on June 26th

Best selling authors Cornelia Funke and Patrick Rothfuss
discuss fantastic fantasy fiction with Les Klinger.

Cornelia Funke

Patrick Rothfuss

Leslie S. Klinger


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Cornelia Funke

For years Cornelia Funke has been one of the best-known and bestselling children’s authors in Germany. In fact, many people have called her the German J. K. Rowling. Americans, however, were not exposed to Funke’s work until 2002, when her book Herr der Diebe was translated into English and released by Scholastic Press as The Thief Lord. The book made every major bestseller list and won countless awards. It also established Funke as a storyteller on an international scale, since the book has since been published in nearly forty countries. In 2003 Funke released her second book, Inkheart. Publisher’s Weekly called it “delectably transfixing,” and readers were left clamoring for more of their favorite new author. She always does her own sketches in pen and ink – she creates a picture of her own characters to help her write about them. Cornelia Funke describes herself as a passionate reader and one of her goals as an author is to “try to awaken the passion for reading in children and adults.”

Pan’s Labyrinth

Cornelia Funke and Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages, complete with haunting illustrations and enchanting short stories that flesh out the folklore of this fascinating world. This spellbinding tale takes readers to a sinister, magical, and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous soldiers, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss is an American writer of epic fantasy. He is best known for his ongoing trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle, which won him several awards, including the 2007 Quill Award for his debut novel, The Name of the Wind. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, topped The New York Times Best Seller list. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents who encouraged him to read and create through reading to him, gentle boosts of self-esteem, and deprivation of cable television. During his formative years, he read extensively and wrote terrible short stories and poetry to teach himself what not to do. He started and organizes a charity fundraiser called Worldbuilders which, since 2008, has raised over $10 million, primarily for Heifer International, a charity that provides livestock, clean water, education, and training for communities in the developing world. Life continues to rock for him, and he’s working hard on writing the final installment of the series.

The Name of the Wind

My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

Leslie S. Klinger

Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, Frankenstein, and the history of mystery and horror fiction. His work has received numerous awards and nominations, including the Edgar for Best Critical-Biographical Book in 2005 for The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories and in 2019 for Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s. He is currently nominated for an Anthony for Best Critical/Non-fiction for Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s. Klinger also lectures extensively on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dracula, Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft, and the Victorian age. He has taught a number of courses on these topics for UCLA Extension. Klinger has traveled extensively as a public speaker on these topics, including programs in Istanbul, Transylvania, Toronto, and the House of Lords in London, as well as college campuses around the U.S.

American Gods

Destined to be a treasure for the millions of fans who made American Gods an internationally bestselling phenomenon, this beautifully designed and illustrated collectible edition of Neil Gaiman’s revered masterpiece features enlightening and incisive notes throughout by award-winning annotator and editor Leslie S. Klinger. A perennial favorite of readers worldwide, American Gods tells the story of ex-con Shadow Moon, who emerges from prison and is recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday. So begins a dark and strange road trip full of fantastical adventures and a host of eccentric characters. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is standing squarely in its path. This annotated volume of the Author’s Preferred Text features analysis from Leslie S. Klinger. His trenchant commentary identifies gods and supernatural beings, elucidates key phrases, and shows how Gaiman built his award-winning novel, giving readers unparalleled insight into the story and into Gaiman’s creative process and authorial decisions. Carefully chosen illustrations complement and illuminate the narrative.

Episode 2 – available on June 12th

Naomi Hirahara and Gary Phillips join Les Klinger to discuss their writing processes, diverse mystery books, the world of modern publishing, and much more.

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Naomi Hirahara

Gary Phillips
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Gary Phillips

Naomi Hirahara

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of two mystery series set in Southern California. Her Mas Arai series, which features a Hiroshima survivor and Altadena gardener, ended with the publication of Hiroshima Boy in 2018. The books have been translated into Japanese, Korean and French. The first in her Officer Ellie Rush bicycle cop mystery series received the T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award. Her new mystery set in Hawai’i, Iced in Paradise, was released in September 2019. She is currently working on Clark and Division, a historical mystery set in 1944 Chicago which will be published by Soho Crime in 2021. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper, she has also published noir short stories, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction history books. She born in Pasadena and currently lives there today.

Hiroshima Boy

L.A. gardener Mas Arai returns to Hiroshima to bring his best friend’s ashes to a relative on the tiny offshore island of Ino, only to become embroiled in the mysterious death of a teenage boy who was about the same age Mas was when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945. The boy’s death affects the elderly, often-curmudgeonly, always-reluctant sleuth, who cannot return home to Los Angeles until he finds a way to see justice served.

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips drew on his years as a community organizer to write Violent Spring, the first mystery novel set in the aftermath of the ’92 Rodney King riots. Since then he has written various other novels, novellas, short stories, comics, edited anthologies such as the Anthony award-winning the Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, and was a staff writer on Snowfall, an FX show about crack and the CIA in 1980s South Central where he grew up. Currently he has a short story in Three Room Press’ anthology The Faking of the President: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir, “Y2 Effin’ K.” Scheduled to drop on July 7 is a novel wherein real life North Pole explorer Matthew Henson is re-imagined in the Indiana Jones/Doc Savage mold set in the Roaring ‘20s, Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem.

The Be-Bop Barbarians

In the turbulent era of late 1950s Manhattan—with jazz, the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, and the Red Scare as the volatile ingredients—three groundbreaking black cartoonists defy convention and pay the price. Cliff Murphy is matinee handsome, a light-skinned, straight-haired black man and a comics artist known for his glamour girl art. He’s black uptown and white downtown, and he has an eye for the ladies, and they for him—including his boss’ wife, who knows Cliff’s creation, the Phantom Avenger, is about to be stolen from him.

Leslie S. Klinger

Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, Frankenstein, and the history of mystery and horror fiction. His work has received numerous awards and nominations, including the Edgar for Best Critical-Biographical Book in 2005 for The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories and in 2019 for Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s. He is currently nominated for an Anthony for Best Critical/Non-fiction for Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s. He was the technical advisor for Warner Bros. on Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). His introductions and essays have appeared in numerous books, graphic novels, academic journals newspapers, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s

Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s includes House Without a KeyThe Benson Murder CaseThe Roman Hat MysteryRed Harvest, and Little Caesar. Each of the five novels included is presented in its original published form, with extensive historical and cultural annotations and illustrations added by Edgar-winning editor Leslie S. Klinger, allowing the reader to experience the story to its fullest. This gorgeously illustrated volume includes over 100 color and black and white images as well as an introduction by the eminent mystery publisher Otto Penzler.

Episode 1

Watch Les Klinger as he joins Laurie R. King and David Morrell historical fiction writers

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Les Klinger

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Leslie S. Klinger

Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, Frankenstein, and the history of mystery and horror fiction. Klinger is a long-time member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s Biography Series. He served three terms as Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and on its National Board.

For the Sake of the Game is the latest volume in the award-winning series from New York Times bestselling editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, with stories of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and friends in a variety of eras and forms. King and Klinger have a simple formula: ask some of the world’s greatest writers―regardless of genre―to be inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2018’s Island of the Mad). She has won an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, been chosen as guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010, as “The Red Circle.”

In Laurie’s upcoming book, Rivera Gold, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes find themselves immersed in the social scene of American expatriates, who spend their days on the beach in the Rivera and their evenings in villas filled with music and enthralling conversation. Despite the luxury and leisure, a new mystery arises. Release date is June 9, 2020.

David Morrell

David Morrell is the award-winning author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. Always interested in different ways to tell a story, he wrote the six-part comic-book series, Captain America: The Chosen, the two-part comic-book series, Spider-Man: Frost, and the standalone comic book, Savage Wolverine:Feral. Morrell’s latest novels, Murder as a Fine Art, Inspector of the Dead, and Ruler of the Night are Victorian mystery/thrillers that explore the fascinating world of 1850s London. He is an Edgar, Anthony, Thriller, and Arthur Ellis finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, and a three-time recipient of the distinguished Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association.

Murder As a Fine Art is the first in a three-book Victorian mystery/thriller series. Each novel has a backdrop of a real 1800s crime that paralyzed England: the Radcliffe Highway mass murders, the numerous attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria, and the first murder on an English train (on 1800s English trains, no one could hear you scream).

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