Let’s be clear: There are hundreds of reasons to admire Chicago author Sara Paretsky. The prolific writer has published 18 novels, numerous short stories and essays, and an acclaimed memoir throughout her successful career. Somehow, she still finds the time be an advocate for several causes through her work with local community groups. We are in awe of everything that she has accomplished, and these three reasons are only the start of what inspires us about Sara.
- She transformed the crime genre with one single character. V I Warshawski made her first appearance in 1982’s Indemnity Only. Unlike most female characters in mystery novels, Warshawski was neither a victim nor a vamp. Instead, she was a three-dimensional protagonist who solved crimes.
- She’s a Sister in Crime. Sara helped found the organization Sisters in Crime, which supports women mystery writers worldwide. The group addresses the challenges these authors face in the industry by offering networking opportunities, advice, and resources.
- She understands the importance of giving back. Sara also established the Sara & Two C-Dogs Foundation, which primarily supports local non-profits that help girls and women in the arts and sciences. The Foundation contributes to such programs like Literature for All of Us, Girls in the Game, and 3Arts.
We are honored to have her at this year’s conference, where she will sit down with our Board President Noah Cruickshank for a revealing conversation on her literary path. Early Bird Registration is open until June 30th and spots are filling up fast. If you would like the chance to learn more about Sara, you can register here.