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Award-winning author to discuss mystery writing at NOVA-Loudoun

The community is invited to spend an evening with award-winning novelist Les Roberts, Oct. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. In his presentation called “Getting Away with Murder,” Roberts will explain how to take the mystery out of mystery fiction.

Roberts will share stories about his years in television and as a professional writer. He began his career as an actor in Chicago. After moving to New York, he wrote for such classic television shows as “Candid Camera” and “The Jackie Gleason Show.”

His next stop was in Los Angeles where he became the first producer of “The Hollywood Squares.” Over the next quarter century, he wrote and/or produced more than 2,500 half-hours of network and syndicated television including episodes of “The Lucy Show, “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

In 1986, he won St. Martin’s Press Best First Private Eye Novel Contest for “An Infinite Number of Monkeys.” Since then, he’s written a book a year including 18 novels featuring Cleveland private eye Milan Jacovich.

The free discussion will take place in the Higher Education Center with free parking in the student parking lots (labeled “B”). The campus is at 21200 Campus Drive, Sterling, VA 20164. To learn more, contact Josh Pachter at jpachter@nvcc.edu.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.