Gillian Flynn is the author of Gone Girl, a best seller on The New York Times best seller fiction list. The Chicago writer is a former TV critic for Entertainment Weekly. Her previous novels are Sharp Objects, an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain's Dagger Awards, and Dark Places. This event was presented by the Society of Midland Authors, an organization established in 1915 for published authors in the Midwest. The Chicago Public Library co-hosted the event.