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Visiting Writers Series lets authors and their audiences mingle

A local blogger has just reported a serial killer is on the loose in the city of Albany. The first two victims were local young women without any apparent connection, and the third is a Broadway actress known as “The Red Queen.”

IF YOU GO

• What: Visiting Writers Series

• When: Jan. 30-May 2

• Where: The University at Albany

• How much: Free, with charges for some special events

• Info: www.albany.edu/wr...

No, this isn’t an actual headline pulled from the 5 o’clock news, but rather the latest creation from author and University at Albany criminal justice professor, Frankie Y. Bailey, one of the writers who will take part in the upcoming New York State Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series.

“It is set in a place that looks a lot like Albany ... a parallel universe,” Bailey said. “I used a lot of the social issues in the world as we know it, but I use Albany in the past … Albany’s history and geography.”

Bailey’s novel “Red Queen Dies” is the first novel in a “near-future” police procedural series. Bailey is the author of five books in the “Silver Dagger” mystery series, as well as non-fiction titles that explore crime, history and popular culture.

The professor said her work as a criminal justice professor and novelist tends to overlap.

“I can’t really separate the two. I have always been feeding into that other part of my life and drawing from that life,” she said.

Bailey will appear at the University at Albany as part of the writers series that runs from Thursday, Jan. 30, through Friday, May 2.   

The series will feature seminars and readings from award-winning writers from all over the world.

“In the past we have had 12 or 13 Pulitzer prize winners,” said Donald Faulkner, director of the New York State Writers Institute. “And it’s all free and open to the public.”

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