KAREN KARYDES: One hard-working librarian takes on the minds behind some of the best hard-boiled detective novels.
KAREN HUSTON KARYDES had a twenty-four-year career at the Arlington County, Virginia Department of Libraries where she focused on adult acquisitions and reference. She then ran the library for inmates inside the Arlington County Detention Center for five years. She has master’s degrees in English from New York University and Library Science from the University of Maryland. At sixty, she pursued her interest in literary biography by entering the University of Maryland’s Ph.D. program in English Language and Literature. After receiving her degree in 2010, she returned to full-time public library work and is now the Acquisitions Librarian for the Talbot County Free Library in Maryland. Her book, Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Their Detectives, is based on her dissertation and was published by Secant Publishing in August 2016. Kirkus Reviews named it one of the best indie books of August.