While the City Sleeps: Signature Events


Noir: From Page to Screen

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. | Central Library, 14 W. 10th Street

Screenwriter Mitch Brian employs original texts and film clips to illustrate how classic (Chandler, Hammett, Thompson) and modern noir literature has found its way to film and television.

Brian has written teleplays for all the major networks and screenplays for directors including Chris Columbus and Oliver Stone.

He is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he teaches screenwriting and directing.


And When She Was Good

Monday, February 25, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. | Central Library, 14 W. 10th Street

Laura Lippman author of our 2013 Winter Reading selection, What the Dead Know, discusses her latest novel, And When She Was Good. Lippman was a reporter for twelve years at The Baltimore Sun, home of her "accidental PI" Tess Monaghan. She began writing the Tess Monaghan series while working fulltime and left daily journalism in 2001. Lippman has won almost every award in the crime fiction field: the Edgar®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards.

Her current novel, And When She Was Good, continues Lippman’s track record of bestselling thrillers that emphasize the resourcefulness and intelligence of her heroines.