Exploring the East Asian Murder Mystery | Newberry

Exploring the East Asian Murder Mystery

Led by Tom Irvine. Seven sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Wednesdays, October 14 - December 2 (Class will not meet on November 25)

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

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Seminar Description

East Asia is home to some of the finest murder mysteries ever written. In this seven session seminar, we will travel to Japan, China, and Korea to examine how mystery writers in these countries have woven culture, politics, and place together with good old-fashioned murder plots to create unique works of distinctive power.

Seven sessions. Registration – $250

Tom Irvine is Chief Information Officer for the Chicago Community Trust and a lover of mysteries from all over the world.

Materials List


  • Keigo Higashino, Devotion of Suspect X. Minotaur Books, 2012. ISBN: 978-1250002693.

  • Kanae Minato, Confessions. Mulhoulland Books, 2014. ISBN: 978-0316200929.

  • James Church, A Corpse in Koryo Ko. Minotaur Books, 2007. ISBN: 978-0312374310.

  • Un-su Kim, The Plotters. Anchor, 2019. ISBN: 978-0525564805.

  • Chan Ho-Kei, The Borrowed. Grove Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-0802125880.

  • Diane Wei-Liang, Paper Butterfly. Simon and Schuster, 2010. ISBN: 978-1416549581.

  • Seicho Matsumoto, A Quiet Place. Bitter Lemon Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1908524634.

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read Seicho Matsumoto’s A Quiet Place.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.