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Karin Slaughter  

Internationally Bestselling Crime Novelist and Library Activist

Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of eleven crime novels including Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured and Triptych. With more than 25 million copies in print worldwide in over 30 languages of her critically acclaimed novels, Karin Slaughter masterfully expands the scope of the suspense genre with her intelligent, thoughtful thrillers populated by richly realized characters. Karin was recently awarded the Silver Bullet Award at the International Thriller Writers Conference held in New York.

Of her writing, Slaughter says, “Perhaps being a southern writer has given me an abnormal interest in broken people. It’s our flaws that make us interesting. When I was a child, my grandmother would take me aside after church and point to folks as she told me their secrets. I always wanted to know more—what made them act this way? What motivated them to do bad things? In my stories, the fun part starts when the secret you thought you knew turns out to be a lie.”

Karin has recently spearheaded a multi-faceted fundraising initiative to raise community awareness and support for public libraries, Save the Libraries .

Karin lives in Atlanta, GA, where she is currently working on her next novel.

Speech Topics


Fight for Your libraries as you do your freedom

A discussion of the vital importance libraries play in our local communities and our society as a whole. Slaughter’s talk will cover how her local library started her on her future career as a novelist and how disheartened she is to see the loss of services and cutbacks in hours—not to mention whole libraries—due to budget cuts. Library funding is a matter of national security.

Crime Writing as Social Commentary

A talk that explores the genesis of Slaughter’s crime novels and the importance of the crime genre as a means of exploring compelling contemporary issues, such as prejudices against those with disabilities, the shortcomings of the correctional and justice systems, and the double-bind many women face today, and the racial and class biases in America today.

The Legacy of Southern Writers

A discussion of the rich literary heritage of the South and the influences that have shaped Slaughter’s own work, including Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee.

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