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Time: November 5, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: City Opera House
Street: 106 E. Front St.
City/Town: Traverse City
Website or Map: http://www.nationalwritersser…
Event Type: literary
Organized By: Traverse City National Writers Series (NWS)
Latest Activity: Oct 30
An Evening with Sara Paretsky and guest host Nancy Baker.
Sara Paretsky has been credited with transforming the mystery genre through the creation of her female private eye V.I. Warshawski. She introduced the smart and gritty investigator in 1982 in her novel Indemnity Only. This was followed by 15 more bestselling Warshawski novels. Kathleen Turner played V.I Warshawski in the movie of that name and her work appears in the documentary Women of Mystery.
V.I. returns in Paretsky’s latest novel Critical Mass, where she uncovers secrets buried in the rubble of World War II. A particle physicist, V.I.’s beloved friend Lotty Herschel, and meth labs of rural Illinois all come together to form a Critical Mass, a story of crime, intrigue and passion. In 2007 her memoir Writing in an Age of Silence made the New York Times bestseller list and was a National Book Critics Award finalist. In addition, Paretsky has written two highly acclaimed stand alone novels, Ghost Country, and Bleeding Kansas. She has also published a collection of her short stories and edited four anthologies.
Paretsky is also an advocate for those on society’s margins and she chaired the first Commission on the Status of Women at the University of Kansas. She worked as a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side during the race riots of 1966 and served with then senator Obama on the board of Threshold, which serves Chicago’s mentally ill homeless. She has also mentored teens in Chicago’s most troubled schools. Like her fictional detective Paretsky lives and dies with the Cubs, runs Chicago’s lakefront with her golden retriever and loves to sing, taking part in community musicals. She lives on Chicago’s south side with her husband, a member of the University of Chicago’s Fermi Institute.
Nancy Baker is a National Writers Series board member and currently serves as Program Director of Evanston Scholars in Evanston, Illinois, where she has seven years of college-readiness programming, college counseling and mentoring experience targeting first-generation/underserved/multi-cultural students.
Reserved Seating: $30 (ticket only) $48 (ticket plus book)
General Admission: $25 (ticket only) $43 (ticket plus book)
All prices +$5 at the door.
Educator discount: $5 off ticket price with ID.
Student discount: $10 off ticket price with ID.
Tickets available online at www.cityoperahouse.org.