Mount Mercy’s Professor of English Mary Vermillion, Ph.D., will share excerpts from her new mystery novel Seminal Murder on Thursday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Basile Hall’s Flaherty Community Room. The event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.
Seminal Murder, a continuation of Vermillion’s Mara Gilgannon mystery series, follows the investigation of a doctor murdered in her own sperm clinic. As Vermillion’s fearless quirky radio personality pursues her friend’s killer, she works not only to piece together the murder mystery, but to also protect a former partner who desperately longs for motherhood. Adding to her troubles, Gilgannon experiences a burglary in her office and learns a possible murder suspect is staying in her home. The novel will thoughtfully explore lesbian couples’ desire for motherhood and family.
This is Vermillion’s third novel, which was published by Regal Crest in May 2012. Death by Discount was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards, and Murder by Mascot was named as the best sports mystery of the year by InsightOut. Vermillion has also published shorter works, including “The Cereal Aisle” and “Teaching English in War Time.” She is currently working on a memoir about her experience as the partner of a transgender man.
Vermillion has been part of the Mount Mercy community since 1994. She was previously a teaching assistant and academic advisor at The University of Iowa. In addition to teaching in Mount Mercy’s Department of Communication, Literature, and Arts, Vermillion organizes the Visiting Writer Series, and serves as faculty advisor for the university’s literary magazine, The Paha Review.
She has participated in study abroad and service trips, and taught at one of Mount Mercy’s partner universities, Canterbury Christ Church University in England, in the spring of 2010. Most recently, Vermillion taught two courses during the 2012 Iowa Summer Writing Festival at The University of Iowa.
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