Jeffery Deaver will deliver the keynote address and present a fiction workshop as part of the Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium to be held on June 12 and 13 on the campus of Southwest Virginia Community College.

A former journalist, folksinger and attorney,  Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and have been translated into over twenty-five languages.

The author of thirty-two novels, three collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, he’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller The Broken Window and a stand-alone, Edge, were also nominated for that prize. He has been awarded the Steel Dagger and the Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers’ Association and the Nero Wolfe Award, and he is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year and a winner of the British Thumping Good Read Award. The Cold Moon was named the Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers Association of Japan, as well as by Kono Mystery Wa Sugoi magazine. In addition, the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association awarded the The Cold Moon and Carte Blanche their annual Grand Prix award.

Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

A frequent public speaker on the subject of books, literacy and writing, Deaver has delivered lectures and keynote addresses at hundreds of conferences and festivals around the world, including Harrogate, Left Coast Crime, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Crimefest and the Emirates Literary Festival.

His book A Maiden’s Grave was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and his novel The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His novel The Devil’s Teardrop was adapted for the screen and aired on Lifetime; it starred Tom Everett Scott and Natasha Henstridge. And, yes, the rumors are true; he did appear as a corrupt reporter on his favorite soap opera, As the World Turns.Here are the pictures to prove it!

He was born outside Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.  Learn more about Jeffery Deaver by reading the Q & A with the most frequently asked questions.

(Jeff’s sister, Julie Reece Deaver, is also an author, focusing on young adult novels. Her titles include The Night I Disappeared and Say Goodnight, Gracie.)

*Photo Credit: Niko Giovanni Coniglio





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    • If you’ll click on the link for the 2014 symposium you’ll find information for registration, the writing contest and all other pertinent information for the symposium. We hope to see you soon! Trish

  1. Hello, I was registered to attend this year’s symposium (2014) but I became sick several days before the symposium and was unable to attend. I hoped that I would get well enough to at least attend part of it, but then got worse and couldn’t attend at all — much to my disappointment! Is it possible to get a refund since I wasn’t able to attend?

    • I am so sorry Lynne but we have a no refund policy. This policy was set in place by the committee from the onset of the initial symposium to help make the best preparations possible for our attendees. If you have more questions, please let us know.

  2. With a keynote speaker such as Jeffrey Deaver I know everyone will want to attend our symposium this year, so don’t put it off. Register soon. I feel we are very fortunate to have gotten someone of his caliber to speak to us.

  3. If Mr. Deaver is half as good as he is advertised to be we are sure to have a full-house. I’ve heard lots of very positive comments about his writing especially his mysteries.

  4. The youth are really submitting their work this year. This makes me very proud since from the outset we wanted to get our youth interested in artistic endeavors; especially writing. Are you adult writers going to let the young people show you up?

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