Magna Cum Murder Crime Writing Festival

Ball State University’s E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center is home to a not-so-well-kept secret—Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival, scheduled for October 25-27, 2019, in downtown Indianapolis. In its 25th year, Magna’s reputation has spread globally since its association with CRIMEFEST, one of Great Britain’s most highly respected crime writing conferences. This collaboration, now in its sixth year, has brought crime fiction readers and writers from all corners of the world to Monument Circle each October for a weekend of panels, book signings, and camaraderie.

The Columbia Club, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the perfect venue for an unforgettable weekend with a few hundred of your closest friends who share the same passion for crime fiction. Magna has been described as the best small mystery festival in the Midwest for devotees of the genre. Over the past two decades, guests of honor have included Alexander McCall Smith, Mary Higgins Clark, Donald Westlake, Sara Paretsky, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Sue Grafton, Lawrence Block, Louise Penny, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Charles Todd, Jeffrey Deaver, William Kent Krueger, and John Gilstrap.

This year’s Guest of Honor is Joe R. Lansdale, and the International Guest of Honor is Ruth Dudley Edwards. Additional authors will be announced on our Web site as they register.
  Friday, October 25, 2019
  2 p.m.–9 p.m.
 2 additional times...
  Various prices


The Columbia Club

The Columbia Club is the premiere private city club in Indianapolis, conveniently located in the heart of downtown on Monument Circle. Established in 1889, the not-for-profit Columbia Club provides opportunities for business networking and social connections among its diverse membership. 

121 Monument Circle

(317) 767-1361

24 Hours

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More times

Friday, October 25, 2019

2 p.m.–9 p.m.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

9 a.m.–2 p.m.