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ThrillerFest IX Registration Is Open!
ThrillerFest IX: Registration is now available. We have a fabulous line-up of special guests this year, including:
Spotlight guests for ThrillerFest IX (July, 2014) include:
2014 ThrillerMaster: Scott Turow
Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel Presumed Innocent (1987) and its sequel, Innocent (May 4, 2010). His newest novel, Identical, will be published by Grand Central Publishing in October, 2013. His works of non-fiction include One L (1977) about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy and The Atlantic. Mr. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment and Time Magazine’s Best Work of Fiction, 1999 for Personal Injuries. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 30 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries.
2014 Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Brenda Novak
It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s career as a bestselling author–she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.
“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times, USA Today and Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller lists and won many awards, including three Rita nominations, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Award.
Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children–three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research–an online auction held on her Web site (www.brendanovak.com) every May. Brenda has raised over $1.6 million to date.
2013 ThrillerMaster: Anne Rice
Anne Rice is one of America’s most read and celebrated authors. She is known for weaving the visible and supernatural worlds together in epic stories that both entertain and challenge readers. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters that examine and extend our physical world beyond the limits we perceive.
Anne lives and works in California. Anne’s life experiences and intellectual inquisitiveness provide her with constant inspiration for her work.
2013 Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Steve Berry
Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 15 million printed copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.
This year is the 10th Anniversary of ITW, and we are thrilled to be honoring 2014 ThrillerMaster Scott Turow and 2014 Silver Bullet Award recipient Brenda Novak. We’ll also be welcoming back 2013 ThrillerMaster Anne Rice and 2013 Silver Bullet Award recipient Steve Berry. With the upcoming release of ITW’s Thriller 4 Anthology, FACEOFF, we’re pleased to be showcasing the contributing authors, including David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M.J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, and F. Paul Wilson. You won’t want to miss this incredible line-up, so please sign up today!
At ThrillerFest, we have something for everyone, whether you’re an aspiring author, a fan, an industry professional, or an ITW author. Some of the highlights include:
CraftFest: This fastest growing section of the conference is ideal you are looking to hone your writing skills. Everyone is welcome, from aspiring authors to established authors, and you’ll hear writing secrets from New York Times bestsellers. Sign up soon so you don’t miss out.
Master CraftFest: This inaugural one-day, intensive workshop on craft is a unique opportunity to work in small groups under the tutelage of the following teachers: Steve Berry, Steven James, John Lescroart, and David Morrell.
PitchFest: If you’d like to pitch your novel to the best literary agents in the business, this is the event for you. Last year, we had over 50 agents attending PitchFest. Read about the incredible tales of success under the Success Stories tab.
ThrillerFest: We’re planning on some fabulous panels, workshops, and lectures for ThrillerFest this year. Stay tuned for more details.
Banquet: Please join us at the annual Saturday night banquet for the presentation of the Thriller Awards and other fabulous entertainment.
Volunteers are an integral part of the ThrillerFest experience. We couldn’t do it without you. If you would like to assist us, please email the Registrar. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and get involved in ITW.
Your ThrillerFest team is looking forward to a fun and memorable year. D.P. Lyle, MD returns as CraftFest Director, Boyd Morrison as PitchFest Director, Dennis Kennett as Registrar, Joe Moore as Art Director, and Kimberley Howe as Executive Director. If we can answer questions or help out in any way, please touch base anytime.
We look forward to seeing you next July 8-12, 2014 in NYC!