September 14 – Birthday Tea for P. D. James’ 94th Birthday

At its September 14 meeting, Sisters in Crime ~ Heart of Texas Chapter will host a program about novelist P. D. James, followed by English tea, in celebration of author P. D. James’ 94th birthday.

James, popularly acknowledged as the premier writer of the modern mystery novel, published her first book, Cover Her Face, featuring detective Adam Dalgliesh, in 1962. Since then, she has added twelve more Dalgleish mysteries, two featuring detective Cordelia Gray, and three stand-alone mysteries. She has also published three works of non-fiction. Her works have been featured on PBS’ Mystery series. The latest, Death Comes to Pemberley, will be aired this fall.

The HOTXSINC program will feature presentations by members on James’ life and work, including Youtube videos of interviews with the author. Special guests Maria Rodriguez, Director of Programming for KLRU-TV will present an overview of KLRU/PBS “Mystery!”, based on mysteries by female authors, and Linda Lehmusvirta, KLRU Senior Producer for Central Texas Gardener and a P. D. James enthusiast, will speak about P. D. James’ televised mysteries on KLRU/PBS.

Following the program, members and guests will be treated to a traditional English tea, during which they will be free to engage in polite conversation.

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The meeting will take place at Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 14. The meeting is free and open to the public.