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 The Arts and Detective Fiction

Detective Fiction Displays Cases / NEIU Library 1st Floor
August 30 - Septemer 10
Calendar of events for Uncommon Detectives
Photos of detective fiction authors presenting at NEIU
Description of the courses on detective fiction to be offered in the Fall
Definitions of "mystery" and "detective fiction"
Definitions of "inductive" and "deductive" reasoning
September 13 - September 24
Styles of mystery writing: definitions, genres, etc.
Books of invited authors.
September 27 - October 8
Hard-boiled detective slang and comic book heroes, such as Dick Tracy and The Shadow; comparison of fantasy inventions in the comic strips and similar real life devices, such as the cell phone. The intention is to show an evolution of the gadgets into daily tools.
October 11 - October 22
White powder display by Stanley Schmidt, will display microscopic photos of various poisons that, to the naked eye, look identical. The exhibit will link the poisons to their use by various writers, such as Agatha Christie.
"Got Dem Bones." This display, by Stanley Schmidt and Jo Mortland, is a forensic display. Viewers will be able to identify clues from the bones such as gender, cause of death, etc. All bones are replicas of human remains.

Staged Performance
Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound
7:30 p.m., October 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 / NEIU Stage Theater

British playwright Tom Stoppard spoofs the murder mystery genre popularized by Agatha Christie and takes a few shots at theater critics in this clever comedy. All the popular plot devices from severed phone wires, secluded English country estates and dead bodies in the drawing room are packed into the script, along with two theatre critics who manage to find themselves quite literally caught up in the plot.

Staged Reading
David Barr's adaptation of Walter Mosley's A Red Death
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 9th / NEIU Studio Theater, F-109
Barr's adaptation of the Mosley novel had its world premiere in September 1997 at the Chicago Theatre Company. A Red Death was winner of the 1998 Edgar Allan Poe Award sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America in the Best New Play category.