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The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy, hosted by Otis Library, will welcome author Dana Cameron on Monday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m.  This program honors the memory of local science fiction and fantasy fan and writer Jim Lafayette with appearances by authors of the genre.  Norwich native Faye Ringel, Ph.D., retired Professor of Humanities at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will interview the author.

Like her series protagonists, Dana Cameron was a professional archaeologist, working on Old and New World sites dating from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century.  She began writing mystery fiction after an encounter with an armed site looter.  Site Unseen (2002) featured New England archaeologist Emma Fielding; this was followed by Grave Consequences, Past Malice, A Fugitive Truth, and More Bitter Than Death, and the Anthony Award-winning Ashes and Bones.  A series of short stories led her to explore other genres and subgenres, including historicals, thrillers, and noir ("Femme Sole" was short-listed for the Edgar Award).  

But it was her Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning urban fantasy short stories (including "The Night Things Changed" and "Swing Shift") that inspired Seven Kinds of Hell, the first Fangborn novel (47North), which was followed by Pack of Strays.  The protagonist Zoe Miller discovers her identity as a werewolf and one of the Fangborn, a race of vampires, werewolves, and oracles secretly dedicated to protecting humanity.  Her latest in the series is Hellbender: A Fangborn Novel, published in 2015.

Dana is a member of The Femmes Fatales, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime (she's a past president of the New England Chapter).  Dana lives in Massachusetts with her husband and feline overlords. Learn more at:  

This event is free and open to the public.  Copies of Dana Cameron's books will be available for sale and signing.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

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