Updated May 7, 2021

Out of caution and due to limits on public gatherings, Friends of Mystery will be hosting our Bloody Thursday 2020-2021 speaker series online using ZOOM.

Though we’re sad we won’t have the opportunity to meet and mingle with our speakers and guests in person, going online does have its benefits. In addition to protecting the health of our participants, we will be able to serve attendees from literally around the world. And when possible, we will record the events, which means even if you can’t make it at the scheduled time, you will be able to watch later at your convenience.

Our season will open on October 1, 2020 with Spotted Owl winner Robert Dugoni. Then in November, Robert C. Donnelly will join us. Robert, our March 2020 guest, graciously agreed to postpone as we worked to come to terms with the pandemic.

In 2021 we’ll be joined by Chris Holm, Katrina Niidas Holm, and Cara Black, who also had to postpone last season. We have one more guest in the works and will announce them soon.

We look forward to seeing you this year. Be on the lookout for our next Blood-Letter, as well as more details about our upcoming events.


Looking ahead to the 2021-2022 Season, we’ve decided to continue on Zoom for the September and November events. We then hope to return to in-person events in January 2022—though we’ll hold off making the final decision until we see how circumstances unfold in the coming months.