Friday, April 21, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.Tess-Gerritsen-lg
USM’s Glickman Library | Portland

Free and open to the public.
Refreshments served, cash bar.

Maine author Tess Gerritsen’s books have been published in 40 countries, sold more than 30 million copies, and the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles is based on her riveting suspense novels. Ms. Gerritsen is also a famously generous and supportive member of the literary community, as well as the larger Maine community.

The MWPA is proud to honor this literary legend and community leader with our inaugural CrimeMaster Award for Distinguished Achievement.

Fellow New York Times-bestselling author Gayle Lynds will introduce Gerritsen at the ceremony Friday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. USM’s Glickman Library in Portland. The event is the kickoff to the 2017 Maine Crime Wave.

Publisher Weekly has dubbed Gerritsen the “medical suspense queen,” and fellow Mainer Stephen King has described her as being “even better than Michael Crichton.” Gerritsen got her start penning romantic suspense novels. After nine books, her move to the medical thriller genre with 1996’s Harvest marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Critics around the world have praised her novels as “Pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “Scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail), and “Polished, riveting prose” (Chicago Tribune).


Location USM’s Glickman Library, Portland

Parking Parking is free in USM’s garage. Entrance and Exit gates are open and no tickets are dispensed. Upon entry into the garage, you will be prompted to press a button, which will raise the gate for you to enter the garage. Entrance into the garage is on Surrenden Street. To exit the garage, approach the exit gates slowly. They will automatically open for you. There is no longer a need to take a ticket or have it validated.

Questions Please contact the MWPA at 207-228-8263 or