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Carole B. Shmurak, Discussion Leader & Speaker

Carole B. Shmurak


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$150 - 299

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Carole B. Shmurak, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Central Connecticut State University, is the author of eleven books, including Deadmistress, her first mystery featuring professor Susan Lombardi, which was named a Notable Book of 2004 by Writers Notes Magazine. Her other three Lombardi mysteries are Death by Committee, Death at Hilliard High, and Most Likely to Murder. Under the pseudonym Carroll Thomas, she is the co-author of the Matty Trescott young adult novels, one of which (Ring Out Wild Bells) was nominated for the Agatha for best young adult mystery of 2001. Her nonfiction book, Voices of Hope, was selected as a Critics Choice by the American Educational Studies Association in 1998, and she has published numerous articles in journals of education.

An educator at the secondary and college levels for forty years, Carole Shmurak now leads three monthly mystery groups at Connecticut libraries, in Farmington (since 2001), Simsbury (since 2002), and Wallingford (since 2011). She has also been the discussion leader for several series sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council at libraries all over central Connecticut. Additionally, she has led discussion groups for The Big Read in the Hartford area (The Maltese Falcon and To Kill a Mockingbird, each at six different libraries) and several One Book series at the Russell Library in Middletown (The Soloist and The Art of Racing the Rain) and the Granby Public Library (Girls of a Tender Age). She also leads a twice yearly Dining with Detectives luncheon series at the Salem Public Library. To every discussion, she brings humor, enthusiasm and knowledge that encourage every participant to take an active role.

As a young adult author, Carole Shmurak has spoken at many middle and high schools. Old Saybrook Middle School has featured her as author in residence every year from 2003 to 2012, and McGee Middle School in Berlin sponsored her yearly visits from 1998 to 2008. She has led workshops on writing process and characterization at various other schools, as well as at the Connecticut Writing Project and the West Hartford Public Library. As a keynote speaker, she has appeared at the Pioneer Valley Reading Association, the New Britain chapter of the AAUW, and the Pomfret School.

Talks for adults:
1) Private Lives of Private Eyes: a look at the love lives of fictional detectives
2) Academic Gowns and Little Black Dresses: a historical look at professors and women as detectives in fiction

Also: Discussion leader for one book session or 2-4 part series.

Hands-on workshops: (for adults and high schools)
1) Bringing Characters Alive: creating vivid realistic characters through description and dialogue
2) Writing Your Mystery: the basic elements of writing a mystery: plotting, characterization, clues and red herrings

Honorarium: $150 to 500, depending on location and duration of presentation. Book signings after a presentation are welcomed.

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Eileen Pearce, Windsor Locks Public Library Carole is a favorite speaker at our library, always well-prepared, very personable, and a delight to work with. Highly recommended! February 08, 2012
Jane Zande, Congregation Beth Israel Carole spoke to our Seniors Group on "Private Lives" and it was a huge hit! Her presentation is engaging and she is delightful. January 31, 2012
Jackie Hemond, Salem Free Public Library I heartily recommend Carole. She can talk about the mystery genre and its books with ease. Her love of the books is infectious. February 07, 2012
Mary J. Etter, South Windsor Public Library Carole has spoken at our library many times, and is always a well-prepared, dynamic speaker. We're looking forward to visit #6! February 06, 2012
Joan Fox, Granby Public Library A favorite, always prepared, always interesting and always finds a way to include everyone in the discussion. February 11, 2012
Deb Pegnataro, Old Saybrook Middle School Carole has been a Writer-in-Residence for about 10 years at OSMS. Carole focuses on historical research and the writing process with our 8th graders. February 15, 2012