Heather Ann ThompsonKathleen Waller
Heather Ann Thompson is the author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 And Its Legacy, which won the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, the Ridenhour Prize, the J. Willard Hurst Prize, the Public Information Award from the New York Bar Association, the Law and Literature Prize from the New York County Bar Association, and the Media for a Just Society Award from the National Council for Crime and Delinquency. Blood in the Water was also long listed for the Cundill Prize in History and was a finalist for the National Book Award as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Thompson is also the author of Whose Detroit? and is currently writing Bullet and Burn: The MOVE Bombing of 1985 and Law and Order America for Pantheon Books.
Daniel StashowerKathleen Waller
Daniel Stashower is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War. He is an acclaimed biographer and narrative historian and three-time winner of the Edgar. Stashower is also the recipient of the Agatha and Anthony awards, and the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction. A freelance journalist since 1986, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, and numerous other publications. His previous nonfiction books include The Beautiful Cigar Girl and Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle.
Leslie S. KlingerKathleen Waller
2018 Author, 2020 Moderator, 2021 Moderator
Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of crime writing. Klinger’s 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 the Edgar for Best Critical-Biographical Book in 2019 for Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s, and he is the editor of the Library of Congress Crime Classics series, published by Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks, and the Library of Congress.