Fans of puzzles will die for this murder mystery

Meet James P. Carse, author of 'PhDeath: The Puzzler Murders,' this Saturday at Tuxedo Park Library


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— On Saturday, May 20, at 3 p.m., the Tuxedo Park Library Authors’ Circle present James P. Carse.

This is the second in a series of Authors’ Circle programs titled “Conversations with Katie” with Katie Rosman, editor and columnist, SundayStyles at The New York Times.

Carse and Rosman will be joined by Mark Brennan, adjunct professor at NYU Stern who takes his puzzle avocation very seriously. Brennan could easily be a character in the book and will greatly add to the clever conversation about this puzzling whodunit.

Rosman will ask probing questions to discover how a knowledge-packed puzzle master could write such a clever mystery. With eight previous titles of non-fiction, find out how Carse made the transition to creating a piece of complex fiction with characters developed from his illustrious career in academia.

Although a free event, space is limited. Please visit the library’s website calendar to register (tuxedoparklibrary.org).

About the author:James P. Carse is professor emeritus of History and Literature of Religion at New York University, where he was also Director of the Religious Studies Program. Carse is the winner of numerous awards including New York University’s Great Teacher Award, New York University Distinguished Teaching Award, and Doctor of Humane Letters from Georgetown University. He is the author of eight non-fiction books, including Finite and Infinite Games, Breakfast at the Victory: The Mysticism of Ordinary Experience, and The Religious Case Against Belief. He was host of The Way to Go, a CBS Sunday morning program for eight years that focused on religious, artistic and intellectual figures. He live in New York and Massachusetts.

About the interviewers:Katie Rosman is an editor and columnist for SundayStyles in The New York Times. Before joining The New York Times, Katie was a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Her work has also appeared in the New Yorker and Elle. A native of Michigan, she lives in New York with her husband and two children. Katie was also a featured Authors’ Circle author in 2010 for her book If You Knew Suzy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Reporter’s Notebook, a memoir about losing her mother to cancer and Katie’s quest for more information gleaned from contacts in her mother’s address book.

Mark Brennan, PhD is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Ethics in the Business & Society Program at Stern where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. His research interests include U.S. diplomatic and economic history, twentieth century global politics, and the history of classical economics. Professor Brennan is also the American editor of the Quarterly Review, a British literary magazine founded in 1809.

The library is located at 227 Route 17 in Tuxedo Park. For more information, call.


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