Reading festival celebrates mystery


November 4, 2016 - 12:00 AM

For those seeking to escape the slings and arrows of politics on the final weekend before the presidential election, today’s Iola Family Reading Festival promises its attendees a full day of bipartisan fun.

The festival, which comes along only every two years, attracts celebrated writers, illustrators and booksellers from across the country to the campus of Allen Community College.

This year’s theme pays homage to the mystery genre — think private eyes and femme fatales, slatted blinds and frosted glass; think Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Elmore Leonard  — a subject that will be plumbed at length by ACC drama instructor Tony Piazza in his keynote lecture, “Mystery Books to Movies.” Piazza will take the podium at 11 a.m. in the college library.

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