Edward Shannon, PhD, professor of literature at Ramapo College, traces the lineage of fiction's great detectives from the first, Poe's C. Auguste Dupin, to the many who followed in his footsteps and because beloved by mystery readers worldwide. Over the past century, the mystery has become the most popular genre of reading for pleasure, and Professor Shannon will explain why. Edward A. Shannon is a Professor of Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey where he teaches Survey of American Literature, Introduction to Literature, 20th Century American Literature, Contemporary American Literature, as well as courses in Graphic Novels and Crime Fiction. This program is free. No registration is necessary. Seats are on a “first come” basis.