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November 17, 2022
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM


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Virtual: Literary Café presents Hank Phillippi Ryan in conversation with Marjan Kamali

Thursday, November 17, 2022

"Master of suspense” Hank Phillippi Ryan will be our guest at the Literary Cafe. Hank is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of 13 psychological thrillers. She's also the Emmy-award winning investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV. Hank's newest novel, "Her Perfect Life", is a chilling psychological standalone about fame, family, and revenge, and Publishers Weekly calls it “a superlative thriller.” For the Literary Cafe, Hank will be in conversation with Lexington's Marjan Kamali (author of "Together Tea" and "The Stationary Shop") about writing suspense, why readers love thrillers, and making the leap from television reporter to novelist.

About Hank Phillippi Ryan:

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the USA Today bestselling author of 13 psychological thrillers, winning the genre’s most prestigious awards: five Agathas, five Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. Book critics call her “a master of suspense,” “a superb and gifted storyteller”; she’s the only author to have won the Agatha in four categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her newest is Her Perfect Life, a chilling psychological standalone about fame, family, and revenge. It received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, calling it “a superlative thriller.” B.A. Paris says, “Shocking, suspenseful… kept me guessing until the end.” and Julie Clark says, “You will read this in one sitting!” It is now nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel. Her next is The House Guest, coming February 2023.

Hank is a founder of MWA University, host of CRIME TIME on A Mighty Blaze, and co-host of First Chapter Fun and The Back Room. She is a past president of National Sisters in Crime. Visit Hank at, Twitter @HankPRyan, Instagram @hankpryan and Facebook at HankPhillippiRyanAuthor.

About Marjan Kamali:

Marjan Kamali is the award-winning author of The Stationery Shop (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster), a national bestseller, and Together Tea (EccoBooks/HarperCollins), a Massachusetts Book Award finalist. She is a 2022 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. Kamali’s novels are published in translation in more than 20 languages and The Stationery Shop was awarded the Prix Attitude in France. Her essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Literary Hub, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. The Stationery Shop is being adapted into a TV series at HBO and Together Tea was adapted for the stage.

Kamali holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from Columbia University, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from New York University. Born in Turkey to Iranian parents, Kamali spent her childhood in Turkey, Iran, Germany, Kenya, and the U.S.  She currently teaches creative writing at GrubStreet and lives in the Boston area with her family.

This event is hosted by the Cary Memorial Library, Lexington. Ashlanders are invited to join virtually by registering through the zoom link. This is a HYBRID program, though, so if you would like to attend in person, you would just need to get to the Cary Library - space is limited and in person attendance is on a first come basis.

Please register for this event and you'll receive the link in the confirmation and reminder emails - make sure to check your spam folder for them. The email will be coming from Zoom. 

This virtual event is hosted by the Cary Memorial Library and a collaboration between the several Massachusetts libraries.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

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