Boulder Book Club For Writers – Newcomer by Keigo Higashino
September 1 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
September’s book is Newcomer by Keigo Higashino (Translated 2018)
NEW DAY: Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), Arapahoe Room at Main Boulder Library
A Tokyo murder mystery told from the POV of potential sources of information and potential suspects. An intricately constructed tale, which pulls the reader along just a few beats behind the Columbo-like Detective Kaga, Nihonbashi’s most underrated policeman. Confused rice cracker shop owners, toy store clerks, and restaurateurs all wonder why Kaga is so interested in their cakes, their chopsticks, and why would he volunteer to walk that dog?
Each meeting we will pick apart a recent novel from various genres with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills to great effect. Storytelling is an art, but it’s not a mystery. Every writer must address the following:
– Structure, Timeline, Pacing, Suspense, Omission
– Point of View, including Voice, Character, Place
– Tense, Argot, Imagery, Metaphor, Symbols
– Motivation: Making a story pop – generating a thrill
– Why this story? And why now? Industry considerations
We ask that all attendees read the novel in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.
How does ‘literary forensics’ work? For more information and resources, please visit my Book Club informational site, here: http://www.garyalanmcbride.com/boulder-book-club-for-writers/