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February 2, 2015 -- A panel of local crime and mystery writers will discuss the art of penning a who-done-it next week at Santa Monica’s Annenberg Community Beach House.

The panel – which will be held Tuesday, February 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.—will be moderated by Laurie Horowitz, the beach house’s artist in residence. A former entertainment agent  whose debut novel “The Family Fortune” was published by William Morrow in 2006, Horowitz is at work on a new novel.

The panel includes writers P.G. Sturges, author of the Shortcut Man novels; Richard Rayner, author of “A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder Corruption and LA’s Scandalous Coming of Age;” April Smith, author of “North of Montana, and Samuel W. Gailey, author of “Deep Winter.”

Born in 1953 in Hollywood, P.G. Sturges has published three critically acclaimed books – “Shortcut Man,” “Tribulations of the Shortcut Man” and “Angel’s Gate.”  The French edition of “Shortcut Man,” titled “L’expeditif,” was recently called “a jewel of American literature.”

“He is the only known human being in the history of the universe to write songs for both David Lee Roth and Barry Manilow,” according to his bio.

Samuel W. Gailey set his debut novel “Deepo Winter” in his Pennsylvania hometown of 379 people. The “New York Times” said the book was "beautifully written" and “Esquire Magazine” described it as “enthralling and suspenseful.” Gailey has written for Showtime & 20th Century Fox.

British native Richard Rayner is the author of ten fiction and non-fiction books, including “Los Angeles Without a Map,” “The Blue Suit,” “Murder Book” and, most recently “A Bright and Guilty Place.” He also writes for TV and film and teaches at USC.

Santa Monica-based author April Smith penned the historical novel “A Star For Mrs. Blake,” based on the 1930s pilgrimages to France of nearly 7,000 American war mothers and widows to visit the graves of their fallen soldiers. Smith is also the author of the bestselling FBI Special Agent Ana Grey series of mystery-thrillers. She has three Emmy nominations.

As 2015 Annenberg Community Beach House Writer-in-Residence, Horowitz will be working from an office in the Marion Davies Guest House from January 13 to February 17, 2015, officials said.

She will be holding public office hours on Saturdays and Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. “If you would like to ask questions about her work, her experience of the Writer Residency, or ask for literary advice, please feel free to visit during those times,” officials said.

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, reserve online. Plan to arrive by 6:15 p.m. to retain your reservation.
The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica.

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