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Award-Winning Author, CSULB Grad Burke to Speak on Oct. 22

Published: October 15, 2009

Jan Burke, author of 12 novels and a collection of short stories, will speak at the Wyndham Resort in Costa Mesa on Thursday, Oct. 22, as part of CSULB’s Orange County Speaker Series. A buffet dinner begins at 6 p.m. with her presentation at 7 p.m.

A 1978 CSULB graduate, Burke’s topic will be “Will You Kill My Boss For Me? and Other Harmless Requests: My Life as a Crime Fiction Writer.”

Her award-winning books and stories have received critical acclaim and have appeared on New York Times, USA Today and Booksense bestseller lists. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages and been optioned for film.

Burke is one of just seven American women to win the Edgar for Best Novel, crime fiction’s equivalent of the Oscar, in the award’s 55-year history. Also, she has won the Macavity, the Agatha and the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story.

Research for her books led Burke to establish the Crime Lab Project, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of the problems facing public forensic science and the need for increased funding for crime labs. She has been a keynote speaker at numerous state and national meetings of forensic scientists and crime lab directors and is a member of the board of the California Forensic Science Institute.

Born in Texas, Burke has lived most of her life in Southern California. She received a B.A. in history at CSULB and was named the distinguished alumna for the College of Liberal Arts in 2007.

The Wyndham Resort is located at 3350 Avenue of the Arts in Costa Mesa. For more information, contact Noemi Guevara at 562/985-7536.