Stanford Fiction Writers in Conversation: An Evening with Paul Goldstein

Sponsored by Continuing Studies


Thursday, February 25, 2016
7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
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Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education
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Each quarter, this series will bring a distinguished author from the Stanford community to center stage. We will discuss a fiction writer’s process— from the genesis of an idea, to the nuts and bolts of the prose’s inner workings, to the publication process—and engage the local community in a lively question-and-answer session.

An Evening with Paul Goldstein

The demons of Richard Davenport’s past rise to haunt him again when he finds himself newly elected to the US Supreme Court and the swing vote on two landmark cases: one, debating euthanasia; the other, an organ transplant between brothers. Secret Justice (2016), the latest legal mystery from internationally acclaimed Stanford professor, lawyer, and author Paul Goldstein, tells a thrilling tale of murder, moral ambiguity, and blackmail in the nation’s capital. Of Goldstein’s three previously acclaimed mystery novels, the Dallas Morning News writes, “John Grisham made the contemporary legal thriller into a bestselling genre. Goldstein has transformed the genre into an art form.”

In this talk, Goldstein will discuss the essential tools of the writer’s craft—plot, character development, point of view, and structure—as well as share his unique personal experiences as a world-renowned expert on intellectual property law and the intersection of technology, law, and fiction writing. Avid readers and aspiring writers alike will gain fresh insights into the art of fiction during this engaging discussion with one of this generation’s finest legal minds and literary voices.

Paul Goldstein, Stella W. and Ira S. Lillick Professor of Law, Stanford

Paul Goldstein is a writer, lawyer, and teacher. He is the author of several books, including Errors and Omissions, A Patent Lie, Havana Requiem, Copyright’s Highway, and Intellectual Property.

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