Wit and the Ultimate Heist

First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary presented by AJC

Saturday, 4:15-5:00

Natalie, in Michael Kardos' Bluff, is offered a chance to alter her fortune in the underworld of card-playing. Bianca, in Karen Robards' The Moscow Deception, has the skill to outmaneuver her foes and recover a collection of priceless artifacts, too. Will these two clever and cunning women use their skills to attempt the ultimate heists?


Michael Kardos


Michael Kardos is the author of the novels Bluff, Before He Finds Her, and The Three-Day Affair, an Esquire best book of 2012, the story collection One Last Good Time, which won the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction, and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, and have won a Pushcart Prize. Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is an associate professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

Karen Robards


Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 50 novels and one novella. She is the winner of six Silver Pen awards and numerous other awards. She lives with her husband and three sons in Louisville, Kentucky.


Alice Murray

Alice Murray was a founding member of the AJC Decatur Book Festival board, serving as the first president from 2006-2012. She currently serves as secretary of the board. She retired in February 2018 from her role as Student Media Adviser at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. Previously, she retired in 2007 after a 26-year career at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Alice first moved to Decatur in 1980 and continues to be amazed and thrilled by the city’s status as a literary and artistic hub for metro Atlanta and the Southeast. In addition to reading and walking her Shih Tzu, she enjoys serving as “Chief Carpool Officer” for her second grade granddaughter and “on call” babysitter for her one-year-old granddaughter.