• Present TALC language club is a special public presentation dedicated to World Press Freedom Day, celebrated worldwide on May 3rd. To celebrate this event, the American Corner Budapest each year organizes a program related to writing, books, newspapers or literature in general. The guest speaker of the evening is LEROY LAD PANEK who will shed light on how newspapers and books invented the detective story. Access to on-line archives of hundreds of historical newspapers, such as the Library of Congress' Chronicling America website, offers new insights into why Americans wrote detective stories. Reading those old newspapers reveals how the Bill of Rights, modern commerce, the creation of police forces, the beginning of forensic science, and universal literacy (with a bit of Vidocq, Edgar Allan Poe, and Charles Dickens thrown in) created the detective story. Please note that registration is REQUIRED for present event via email to <>
    LeRoy Lad Panek is Professor Emeritus at McDaniel College. He has written twelve books on crime fiction and has won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the George Dove Award from the Popular Culture Association of America. His work has been translated into Italian, French, and Chinese. He is also co-editor of the on-line database The Westminster Detective Library.