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WLT's On the Craft of Writing: BAD HABITS: Amy Gentry & Laura Lippman in Conversation

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2/2/2021 From 7:00 PM CST to 9:00 PM CST

We're thrilled to partner with BookWoman to host a special edition of our WLT's On the Craft of Writing program in celebration of the publication of Amy Gentry's knockout new novel, Bad Habits

Come for the reading, stay for the discussion (Amy will be in conversation with bestselling author Laura Lippman - you do not want to miss this...), and stick around for a Q&A with both Amy and Laura on the craft of writing mysteries and thrillers and other writerly topics (send us your questions!).

BAD HABITS: Amy Gentry & Laura Lippman in Conversation

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

7:00 P.M. CST


Free & Open to All

Registration for this event is now closed. We will be livestreaming this event on our YouTube page starting on 7:00 p.m. CST. 


Purchase copies of Amy Gentry's Bad Habits from our indie bookseller partner, BookWoman, via the link below. All copies sold through BookWoman will be signed by the author.


Purchase copies of Laura Lippman's most recent book, My Life as a Villainess, via the link below. The author will be signing bookplates to be included in all copies sold for this event. 


Remember, buying books is the best way to support writers AND our indie booksellers!


For the craft Q&A, we invite you send us your questions ahead of time:

Fill out this simple Google form (by 4:00 P.M. on February 2) and we'll do the rest. (Seriously, the chance to ask Amy Gentry and Laura Lippman questions about the craft of writing? Sign us up!)


About the book: 

Mackenzie Claire Woods—a professor enjoying her newfound hotshot status at an academic conference—finally has the acceptance and admiration she has long craved. But at the hotel bar, Claire is surprised to see a face from a past she’d rather forget: the moneyed, effortlessly perfect Gwendolyn Whitney, Claire’s foil, rival, and former best friend.

When Gwen moved to town in high school, she and Claire—then known as Mac, a poor kid from a troubled family—became fast friends. Close as sisters. And Mac finally saw what it meant to have. When Mac is admitted to the same elite graduate program as Gwen, the two become entangled with the department’s power-couple professors and compete head-to-head for a life-changing fellowship. The more twisted the track toward success becomes, the more Mac contorts herself to stay one step ahead. But which deception signals the point of no return?

Bad Habits follows Mac’s reckoning between her hardscrabble past and tenuous present. With taut, powerful prose, Amy Gentry asks how far we’ll go to get what we want—and whether we can ever truly leave the past behind.

About the authors: 

AMY GENTRY is the author of the best-selling thriller Good as Gone, a New York Times Notable Book, and Last Woman Standing, as well as the nonfiction Tori Amos’s Boys for Pele (33 1/3). She is also a book reviewer and essayist whose work has appeared in numerous outlets, including Salon, the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Austin Chronicle. She holds a PhD in English and lives in Austin, Texas.

LAURA LIPPMAN is the New York Times Bestselling Author of eleven acclaimed stand-alones, including Lady in the Lake and Sunburn, the award-winning Tess Monaghan series, and the essay collection My Life as a Villainess. Her work has been awarded the Edgar, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.