Hall Center For The Humanities


Sara Paretsky
Sara Paretsky
Best Selling Novelist

"'Why I Write the Books I Do': An Evening with Sara Paretsky"
Public Symposium

Tue., Jan. 22, 2008, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Lawrence Arts Center Auditorium
*A book signing immediately follows this event.
*Co-sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library and The Raven Bookstore

Sara Paretsky revolutionized the mystery world when she introduced her private detective, V.I. Warshawski, in her 1982 novel Indemnity Only. By creating a strong female investigator who uses her wits as well as her fists, Paretsky challenged the conventions of a genre in which women traditionally were either vamps or victims. Eleven other Warshawski novels followed, all national bestsellers, including her most recent, Fire Sale. In addition to her Warshawski novels, Paretsky has written Ghost Country, which blends comedy, magic and a gritty realism in Chicago?s mean streets. Paretsky?s most recent book, Bleeding Kansas, is set in the Kaw River Valley where she grew up. It is the story of the Schapens and the Grelliers, two farm families whose histories have been entwined since the 1850s, when their ancestors settled the valley as antislavery emigrants.
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