The Police Procedural (In Person)

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - Saturday, June 25, 2022

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Four Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Seminar Description

In the mid-1900s, a new kind of detective story emerged. Instead of a gifted amateur detective or a tough private eye, a team of police detectives did the investigating. What brought about this departure from tradition? What are the characteristics of this form, and why was it so successful? Why does it still enjoy widespread indeed, global – popularity? Together, we’ll investigate two classic TV episodes and two influential novels to find our answers.

Four sessions. $195/$175.

Led by Barbara Lanctot.

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Barbara Lanctot is an experienced teacher and lecturer on the detective novel. Reading detective novels is what got her through the pandemic.

Registration Fees

Registration fee is $195

We offer a 10% discount for seniors, students, and Associate members (at the Author level and above) of the Newberry.

Contact Us

The Adult Education Seminars Program team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. To reach the seminars program, email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.


Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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