One of the top crime noir novelists in the world, Connelly has had 23 consecutive New York Times best sellers, with the past several reaching #1. He has authored 18 books featuring L.A. crime detective Harry Bosch, his best known character. Last year a movie called The Lincoln Lawyer, based on his 2005 bestselling book of same title, was highly successful, critically acclaimed and starred Matthew McConaughey. In 2002, Clint Eastwood worked with Connelly on a movie entitled, Bloodwork, based on his 1998 fictional novel.
Connelly will provide community members a wonderful opportunity to learn of his personal journey to become and be a prolific writer, one that weaves inspiration, the writing process, courage to take risks with your art, as well as other topics. As a young man, Connelly went off to college and came close to flunking out because he had no idea what he wanted to be. After taking a brief pause from college and discovering his love of the crime novel genre, he went back to school and became an honor student in journalism. He continued on to become a Pulitzer Prize runner-up for his news reporting. Connelly would soon re-tool and emerge as one of the most popular writers in the world. His description of how he became initially inspired and what still inspires him is something that fascinates audiences around the world.
Over forty-two million copies of Connelly’s books have sold worldwide and he has been translated into thirty-nine foreign languages. He has won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles TimesBest Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), Premio Bancarella Award (Italy), and the Pepe Carvalho award (Spain).
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