Event Special Events Live! at the Library: Pick Your Poison—Mystery Night Event has been updated

Date and Location

  • When: Thursday, October 26, 2023

    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Coolidge Auditorium (LJG45A)

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Part of Live at the Library

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Pick Your Poison—Mystery Night at the Library of Congress celebrates mystery novels in all their thrilling, confounding glory. Hear Louise Penny discuss the denizens of Three Pines with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in the Coolidge Auditorium. Novelists Melissa Adelman, Nick Medina and Sarah Pekkanen will delve into the perfect murder in LJ-119. And cap off the night with Erick Acuña Productions’ “Who Did It?: An Improvised Murder Mystery” in the Coolidge Auditorium. Throughout the night, you can test out your mystery-solving skills and explore the Jefferson Building’s little-visited corners with our Mystery Night puzzle hunt! Food and drink catered especially for Pick Your Poison—Mystery Night will be available for purchase. All writers featured at this event will sign their books immediately after their events on the mezzanine level just above the Great Hall.

Mystery Night Puzzle Hunt
6-9 p.m., Jefferson Building
Hunt for clues and test your mystery-solving skills with the Mystery Night puzzle hunt. There are six spots in the Jefferson Building to start your hunt; look for the brochures when you enter the building.

A Conversation with Louise Penny
6:30-7:15 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium
Free tickets required. Louise Penny discusses the long-running, beloved Armand Gamache series with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Book signing to follow on the mezzanine level above the Great Hall.

Murder, They Wrote
7-8 p.m., LJ-119
Melissa Adelman (“What the Neighbors Saw”), Nick Medina (“Sisters of the Lost Nation”) and Sarah Pekkanen (“Gone Tonight”) talk about how they concoct murders in their novels. Book signings to follow on the mezzanine level above the Great Hall.

Who Did It? An Improvised Murder Mystery
8-8:45 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium
Lend your voice to helping us resolve the thorny question “who did it?” with Erick Acuña Productions’ improvised murder mystery.

Additional Information regarding these events: 

The Mystery Night program is free, but timed-entry passes are required. Click the "Get Tickets" link above and select a timed-entry pass for your preferred entry time. Timed-entry passes will be available for this evening starting Sept. 26.

Due to limited capacity, a separate event ticket is required for the Louise Penny program in the Coolidge Auditorium – please visit the event page for that program to reserve your ticket.