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Can Justice Be Served?
Literary Voices, in partnership with Oklahoma Humanities, presents: Can Justice Be Served? A conversation with lawyer and mystery author, Lisa Scottoline. Lisa will be interviewed by Dr. Scott LaMascus, a professor with Oklahoma Christian University. They will discuss how justice is portrayed in literature, particularly the mystery/thriller genre and how, as a lawyer, Scottoline informs readers about law and presents ethical challenges in her writing.
This event is free and open to the public on Wednesday, April 12 at 10am at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd, OKC). Seating is limited so please register in advance.
Lisa’s writing career began with her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, published in 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers. The novel became a bestseller and was nominated for the Edgar Award, the most prestigious award given in crime fiction, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. Lisa’s second novel, Final Appeal, was also nominated for and received an Edgar Award. Since then she has written 26 novels, all of which have appeared on bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Publisher’s Weekly.
Learn more about Lisa on our Literary Voices site.
Scott LaMascus is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the Honors Program at Oklahoma Christian University, where he leads the Honors Summer Academy for outstanding high school students from across the Nation. He has taught English at the University of Oklahoma, at Georgia Southwestern State University, and at OC. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma and pursues research interests in literary theory and American literature. He also serves as director of the McBride Center for Faith & Literature and as a member of the Executive Board of the Conference on Christianity & Literature, an affiliate organization of the Modern Language Association. He also serves as the Vice Chair and Secretary of Oklahoma Humanities.
Dr. LaMascus was instrumental in building an endowment for the university’s McBride Center for the Public Humanities. The Center hosts an annual Lecture on Faith and Literature at which noted authors are featured in a public event. Past authors are Robert Pinsky, Marilynne Robinson, Bill McKibben, Dana Gioia, Naomi Benaron, Alice McDermott, Kathleen Norris, and Nicholas Sparks. Dr. LaMascus is a well-seasoned moderator who can deftly navigate the larger humanities themes of our work found throughout popular fiction. He will have questions for Ms. Scottoline on justice and ethics (two humanities disciplines) probably focusing on those of her books that are rich in those themes, Corrupted, Accused, Final Appeal, and Most Wanted.