“Lights! Camera! Crime! Mysteries on the Big Screen”
March 27 2:00 p.m. PT….It’s Oscar Sunday,
but before the Oscars, join the Orange County Chapter of Sisters in crime for literary entertainment!

First, the Reader’s Forum, led by Pat Broeske

.Pat H. Broeske

Pat H. BroeskeA longtime member of O.C. Sisters in Crime, Pat H. Broeske has published best-selling biographies of Howard Hughes and Elvis Presley, and short fiction (in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine). A veteran journalist who covers the intersection (on and off screen) of Hollywood & Crime, she also teaches film analysis for the Emeritus Institute of Saddleback College.

Then, at 3:00 p.m. PT

T. Jefferson Parker and his new novel, A Thousand Steps,

in conversation with Barb DeMarco-Barrett, president of the Orange County Chapter.

T. Jefferson Parker was born in Los Angeles and has lived all his life in Southern California. He was educated in public schools in Orange County, and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976. His writing career began in 1978, with a job as a cub reporter on the weekly newspaper, The Newport Ensign. After covering police, city hall and cultural stories for the Ensign, Parker moved on to the Daily Pilot newspaper, where he won three Orange County Press Club awards for his articles. All the while he was tucking away stories and information that he would use in his first book. Parker’s first novel, Laguna Heat, was written on evenings and weekends while he worked as a reporter, and was published to rave reviews and made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn. Parker’s following novels — all dealing with crime, life and death in sunny Southern California — were published to rave reviews and appeared on many bestseller lists. His writing has been called “potent and irresistible” (Los Angeles Times), and “resonant, literate and powerful” (Kirkus). The New York Times wrote that “T. Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer.” A Thousand Steps, a novel taking place in late 60s Laguna Beach, focues on Matt Antony, a sixteen year old out to find his sister. The book was published in 2022. When not working, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, fishing, beachcombing, exercising his dogs. He cannot pass by a body of water without wanting to fish it. He also enjoys rock hounding, cycling and being outdoors.

Orange County chapter president Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is editor of Palm Springs Noir (Akashic, 2021), which she also contributed a story. Her first book, Pen on Fire, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Her writing has appeared in Coolest American Stories 2022, USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series, Inlandia, Antarctica Journal, Rock and a Hard Place, Crossing Borders, Poets and Writers, and The Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine. She hosts the podcast, Writers on Writing. More at penonfire.com.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Mar 27, 2022 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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