This evening, the “Jeffersonian” comes to the Smithsonian with the appearance of bestselling author and respected forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. She’s well known for her crime-fiction novels chronicling the adventures of forensic anthropologist Temperance (“Bones”) Brennan. Reichs is also producer of the popular TV show Bones. The show is based on the novels’ Brennan character, but TV’s Bones works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and moonlights writing crime-fiction novels featuring a forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs.
Reichs discusses the challenges of translating real-life drama into the stuff of fiction, and a career that has cast her in such roles as expert witness in the high-profile Casey Anthony trial and as assistant in the investigation at Ground Zero following the 9/11 disaster.
Her new book, Speaking in Bones (Random House), is available for signing after the program.