Forensic Mystery Master Aaron Elkins to Visit Driftwood
Looking for someone to blame because you can no longer turn on the TV without encountering CSI New York, or CSI Chatanooga or CSI Kuala Lumpur? Look no further. Aaron Elkins started it all back in 1982.
To kick off Driftwood Public Library’s 2012 Adult Summer Reading Club, writer Aaron Elkins, a master of the mystery genre, will be visiting the library on Sunday, June 10th at 3:00 p.m.
Elkins is the creator of the modern forensic mystery, having pioneered the genre in 1982 with Fellowship of Fear, which introduced the Skeleton Detective, Gideon Oliver. The series is still going strong in 2012 after 16 books.
Elkin’s father was a machinist; his mother was a homemaker. Elkins graduated from Hunter College (Manhattan) in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts, after which he studied at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, earned masters of arts degrees at the University of Arizona (1960) and California State University (Los Angeles) (1962), and, finally, received a doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in 1976 from the University of California at Berkeley.
Elkins had a multi-year career as a government employee, consultant, lecturer, and teacher in the fields of business, psychology, and anthropology.
Among his awards are a best-novel Edgar (Old Bones) and a Nero Award (Old Scores, also nominated for an Agatha Award). He and his wife Charlotte hold a jointly-awarded Agatha for their short story “Nice Gorilla”. Aaron’s books have been translated into a major ABC-TV series with Louis Gossett, Jr. in the title role (Gideon Oliver ) and have been published in over a dozen languages.
In addition to his forensic novels, Elkins writes a second series featuring art curator-sleuth Chris Norgren, and he and Charlotte have collaborated on five mysteries featuring female golfer Lee Olfsted. In addition, Aaron is the author of Loot, a massively-researched, critically acclaimed novel dealing with modern-day consequences of Nazi art plunder, Turncoat, and most recently, 2011’s The Worst Thing.
Elkins speaks often at professional conferences, has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times’ travel magazine, has written for Smithsonian magazine, and is the author of several short stories and numerous articles on the craft of writing.
Aaron and Charlotte live on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. He keeps his hand in the forensic game by serving as the forensic anthropologist for the Clallam County Cold Case Task Force.
Following Aaron’s presentation, anyone interested (over the age of 17) may sign up to take part in this year’s Adult Summer Reading Club. Details will be available at sign up, or by contacting Ken Hobson at the library.
Elkins’ appearance at Driftwood is a free event and open to anyone who wishes to attend. It is being generously sponsored by The Friends of Driftwood Public Library and by The Looking Glass Inn. Any questions may be directed to Ken Hobson by phone (541-996-1242) or via e-mail (email@example.com). Driftwood Public Library is located on the 2nd floor of Lincoln City’s City Hall building at 801 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City, adjacent to the Price and Pride grocery store.