Fall 2020 Reading Series: Lisa Sandlin
Lisa Sandlin shares her work as part of the Fall 2020 Reading Series
Lisa Sandlin was born in Beaumont, Texas, where she grew up in oil-refinery air, sixty miles from the Gulf of Mexico. After raising a son in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she taught writing for over twenty years at Wayne State College and in the Writer’s Workshop at UNO. She has since retired as a professor emeritus to Santa Fe. The Bird Boys, a sequel to The Do-Right, which won the Shamus Award and the Hammett Prize, is her sixth book. It was chosen by the NYT as one of the 10 best crime novels of 2019 and nominated for an Edgar Award. Sandlin likes writing about brand-new detective Tom Phelan and his ex-con secretary Delpha Wade, who’s fighting for a place in the free world. They’ve set up business in downtown Beaumont, Texas, where the architecture runs to Art Deco and Gothic Revival, and the population to homegrown evil. It’s 1973, “Killing Me Softly” is playing on the radio, and they just might make a living.
For 40+ years, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series has featured free public readings and discussions by nationally renowned authors. Authors share about their own books and expertise on the craft of writing itself.
Past authors to be featured inlcuded, Tobias Wolff, Diane Ackerman, John Cheever, Charles Bukowski, Marvin Bell, Mark Strand, Debra Magpie Earling, Rick Bass, Matthew Zapruder, and Joanna Klink.