G is for Grafton, K is for Kinsey | Newberry

G is for Grafton, K is for Kinsey

Led by Barbara Lanctot. 3 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Wednesdays, May 23 - June 6

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $160
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $176

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, who first appeared in 1982 in A Is for Alibi, is one of the first female professional detectives in modern fiction. We will explore the history of the detective novel before Kinsey, discover how she broke the mold, and discuss her first case and several short stories. Since Kinsey’s exploits continue through Y Is for Yesterday, we will be laying the foundation for many hours of pleasurable reading. Three sessions.

Barbara Lanctot has an MA in literature from the University of Detroit. A lifelong mystery fan, she created and taught the course “Literary Studies in the Detective Novel” for DePaul University’s School for New Learning.

Materials List


  • Sue Grafton, A Is for Alibi. St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 1982. ISBN#: 978-0312938994
  • Sue Grafton, Kinsey and Me. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013. ISBN#: 978-04245267790

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read chapters 1-9 of A Is for Alibi.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.