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Credited with transforming the mystery through the creation of her female private eye, V I Warshawski, Paretsky’s books are international best sellers, appearing in almost thirty languages.

Sara sits with Cousin Barb in an ancient cave in Crimea Author Sara Paretsky, Photo by Shauna Bittle Sara with the Coffee Pirates in Vienna doing research for Critical Mass. Sara and Mayor Daley at the Harold Washington Awards Banquet. V.I. and Sara meet in front of Buckingham Fountain. Husband Courtenay and agent Dominick Abel help celebrate the Edgar for Grand Master. In the vault at Cartier's Bond Street, Sara gets to handle the real Diamond Dagger. With Stephen King at the 2015 Edgar Dinner

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Dead Land by Sara ParetskyThe latest from Sara, Dead Land, will be released April 21, 2020.

 

 

 

 

Kate Raphael of KPFA Womens Magazine interviews Sara in an August 12, 2019 broadcast in conjunction with an archived interview with Toni Morrison : Groundbreaking Writers Toni Morrison and Sara Paretsky 

 

 

 

CrimeReads Lori Rader-Day interviews Sara: Sara Paretsky Writes What’s on Her Mind, discussing white collar crime, her lifelong activism, and the importance of a good editor.

 

 

 

On May 9, 2019, Sara received the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Fuller Award for lifetime achievement at the Newberry Library. Notables in the literary world Lori Rader Day, Ann Christophersen, Dominick Abel, Donna Seaman, Neil Harris, Heather Ash, and Margaret Kinsman, gave moving, and humorous, tributes, highlighting Sara’s myriad accomplishments.

Crime writers have a novel take on reducing gun violence: two dozen short stories of murder without guns. Sara wrote the introduction to Unloaded Vol. 2

 

Sara is honored to receive the first annual G.P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award, presented by the Mystery Writers of America at this year’s Edgars.

Blog

May 12, 2019 // I’m misplacing gloves and bank cards, keys and eyeglasses, with more than average frequency. I am grateful to Anna Freud for writing the essay, “On Losing and on Being Lost.” She’s writing about grief, and the way it manifests itself in our behavior. During WWII she ran the Hampstead War Nurseries, which cared for children […]

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