Kepler's was pleased to have Laurie King read from her new book, The Language of Bees, on May 12, 2009. Event host Megan Kurashige reports:
Laurie R. King is the author of two mystery series, the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes books and the Kate Martinelli books, as well as several standalone novels. Her latest book, The Language of Bees, is a Mary Russell book and it takes place in 1920s England, amid a burgeoning craze for mysticism and surreal art.
Laurie is an engaging author, and it was obvious that most of the 75 people there were avid fans of her books and of mysteries in general. She mentioned a promotion that she is doing through her website, which encourages people to donate to Heifer International to buy beehives for impoverished families. She read a short excerpt of the new book, then spent a generous amount of time answering questions from the audience. She talked about the inspiration for her various books, and how her particular interests in theology and feminism have fed into her fiction. She said that, despite her enthusiasm for research, she tries hard to "never let truth get in the way of a good story."