06/28/2019 - 8:00am to 06/30/2019 - 11:30pm
The 6th Annual Mystery Fest Key West takes place June 28 - 30 at The Studios of Key West. This event is a must for any mystery and true crime writing fan. The event brings fans together with renowned mystery authors, true crime experts, and aspiring writers alike. Take part in meet-and-greets, book signings, workshops, panels, presentations, and more.
The 2019 keynote speaker is Jeffery Deaver, who is an international best-selling and award-winning author. He is best known for "The Bone Collector," which was made into a film starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington. Other famous writers include Heather Graham, Lisa Black, and Carla Norton.
Mystery Fest Key West Schedule of Events
Friday, June 28
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Reception at Veranda of the Key West Art & Historical Society’s Custom House Museum
Followed by Sunset Celebration at nearby Mallory Square
Saturday, June 29
Mystery Fest Program at Helmerich Auditorium at The Studios of Key West
- 8:30 a.m. Coffee and Pastries
- 8:45 Introduction: Shirrel Rhoades
- 9:00 – Forensics for Writers
- 9:00 – 9:30 Lisa Black, New York Times bestselling author and working forensic scientist
- 9:30 – 10:00 Jane Bock, author and forensic plant science expert; worked on JonBenet Ramsey case
- 10:00 – 10:30 Micki Browning, author and police captain
- 10:30 – 11:00 State of the Publishing Industry
- 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. The Whodunit Mystery Writing Award
- 11:45 – 12:00 p.m. Presentation of the Florida Keys Community College Scholarship Winners
- 12:00 p.m. Luncheon
- 12:30 – 1:45 Keynote Speaker: Jeffery Deaver (“The Bone Collector”)
- 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Panel: How I got started as a mystery writer
- 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Panel: Why I write the kind of mysteries I write
- 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Panel: How I plot a mystery
- 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Book Signings
- 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. How rum is made at Hemingway Rum Company/Papa's Pilar Distillery
Sunday, June 30
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Brunch at Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley, 202 William Street, Key West
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