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John Jakes '53 Among Organizers of International Mystery Writers' Festival

December 1, 2006

John Jakes 2.gifDecember 1, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - "John Jakes, who holds the record of the first author to have three books on the New York Times' best-seller list in a single year with The Kent Family Chronicles," is on the executive committee of the new International Mystery Writers' Festival, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. "He repeated that pattern with his Civil War trilogy: North and South, Heaven and Hell and Love and War." Jakes is a 1953 graduate of DePauw University.

Twelve works will be showcased at the first International Mystery Writers' Festival, scheduled for June 12-17, 2007 in Owensboro, Kentucky. "Festival leaders will introduce a new award, 'The Angie,' named after Lansbury, the star of Gods of Newport Jakes.jpgTV's Murder, She Wrote from 1984-96. She will be honored as 'The First Lady of Mystery' by Gov. Ernie Fletcher at a televised awards gala," adds the report.

Read the complete item at the newspaper's Web site.

The author of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers, John Jakes released his latest book, The Gods of Newport, on November 7. Booklist calls the work "yet another breezy, easy-to-read piece of historical fiction, sure to please his many fans."

Jakes has been called America's "godfather of the historical novel." Read more here.

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