NYC
2019
Event Type: 
Panel
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H313
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Session A: Friday June 28th, 5:00pm - 7:00 pm
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Crime fiction -- especially noir fiction that casts a critical eye on our justice system -- is increasingly relevant in an America divided by wealth inequality and unequal access to justice. High-profile cases like the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Eric Garner in Staten Island, and Antwon Rose II in Pittsburgh, as well as the wholesale use of "stop and frisk" tactics in Black and Latinx neighborhoods, have thrust the issue of biased policing into the public eye. Civilians aren't the only ones affected by these injustices: those working in the system, like detectives and beat cops (many of whom are Black and Latinx themselves), have been pressured by superiors to increase their "collars," using discriminatory tactics like arrest quotas that target minorities. "Writing Dissent in Crime Fiction" will bring together NYPD12 member Police Officer Pedro Serrano [and a colleague, TBA?] with noir and crime fiction writers Kenneth Wishnia and S.A. Solomon, to talk about writing stories that address economic, social, and racial justice issues in an increasingly unequal age.

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Kenneth Wishnia’s novels include 23 Shades of Black, which was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel and an Anthony for Best Paperback Original; Soft Money, a Library Journal Best Mystery of the Year; and Red House, a Washington Post Book World “Rave” Book of the Year. His...

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Police Officer Pedro Serrano has worked for 15 years on patrol, including in the South Bronx and Manhattan North. He is one of the NYPD12, a group of minority officers who sued New York City and the department in 2016 over the use of discriminatory arrest quotas. He also testified in Floyd v....

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S.A. Solomon's short stories and poems have been published in the anthologies New Jersey Noir, Jewish Noir, Skin & Bones, Protectors 2: Heroes, and Grand Central Noir, with a story forthcoming in Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers (Akashic Books, edited by...

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