When Reality is Stranger than Fiction

When Reality is Stranger than Fiction

Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Location: 1E10

How do thriller writers, known for creating high-concept plots which stretch reader imagination, compete with the modern day, 24-hour news cycle?   We live in an alternate newsiverse where politicians are bigger personalities then James Bond himself…and news reports could very well vie for “fiction of the year” accolades.  As readers increasingly search for news escapism outlets, are thriller writers turning away from ‘based in reality’ plots?  This BookCon exclusive panel features four talented writers (Brad Meltzer, Kate White, Charles Soule, Lou Berney) who have taken on the challenge of competing with the news cycle in a world where reality is stranger than fiction.  Panel moderated by Petra Mayer of NPR Books.


  • Brad Meltzer


    Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, House of Secrets, and seven other bestselling...

  • Charles Soule


    Charles Soule is a New York Times-bestselling, Brooklyn-based comic book writer, musician, and attorney. He is best known for writing Daredevil,...

  • Lou Berney


    Lou Berney is the author of three previous novels, Gutshot Straight, Whiplash River, and multiple prize-winning The Long and Faraway Gone. His short...

  • Petra Mayer


  • Kate White


    Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of five standalone psychological thrillers,...


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