Golden Age Mystery Month culminates with this full day celebration of mysteries with events and activities appropriate for all ages. Join us for the events listed below as well as family crafts, trivia, a selfie station, and a special display of great mystery novel recommendations.
10 to 11 am—“On Beyond Agatha: Exploring the Rest of the Golden Age”—Barry Trott—Schell Room
While Agatha Christie is the queen of Golden Age Crime fiction, there are a host of other English and American authors writing in the first half of the 20th century whose crime fiction still resonates today. Barry Trott, author of Read On: Crime Fiction, will introduce you to some unsung crime writers to add to your reading list.
10 am to 2 pm—An Agatha Christie Locked Box Adventure—Room C
Who will inherit a fortune and who is the murderer? Decipher the clues to open the locked box where the victim left the final answers. Bring your family and friends or join a team at the event. Stop by early to select a time slot to play this exciting mystery game.
10 am to 2 pm—Decoders and Invisible Ink—Youth Services Program Room
Learn how to send encoded messages and then decode them, or pass messages in invisible ink in a room of family-friendly crafts.
10 am to 5 pm—Mystery Board Gaming—Room B
Try a round of family classics like Clue or Guess Who, or try a new adult board game in this room of games with a mystery theme.
11 am to 12:45 pm—After the Thin Man (1936) William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart
Get in the mood for our staged reading of The Thin Man by revisiting one of the best films from the classic murder mystery/screwball comedy series about witty society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles. Jimmy Stewart appears as one of the suspects in one of his earliest roles.
11 am to noon—WhoDunnits Mystery Book Group: Your Favorite Classic Detective—Avery Hicks—Schell Room
Try out our WhoDunnits Mystery Book Group with this special meeting. Bring a book featuring your favorite classical detective and meet the group, as they embark on a whole year of reading Golden Age mysteries.
Noon to 1 pm—“Fair Play: Classic Rules for Detective Fiction”—Neil Hollands—Schell Room
S.S. Van Dine, Ronald Knox, and Raymond Chandler are among the writers who formulated influential lists of rules for writing mysteries. In this talk, librarian and writer Neil Hollands takes an irreverent look at whether these rules hold up for modern readers.
1 to 2 pm—Lunch Break
Continue with our Locked Box Adventure room, our board game room, or take a break to get lunch from a neighborhood restaurant.
2 to 4:30 pm—The Thin Man: A Classic Radio Reading—Williamsburg Library Theatre
Join us in the Theatre as a talented cast of local actors recreate a radio program, adapting the funny and exciting Dashiell Hammett classic, The Thin Man, complete with classic period commercials. A live Foley artist will be on hand to create all the sound effects for the free program. We’ll also announce the winners of our Golden Age Mystery trivia contest.