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Sara Paretsky
Sara Paretsky

May 2, 2007

4:15 p.m. Seminar
Campus Center 375
8:00 p.m. Reading
Clark Auditorium
NY State Museum
Albany, New York

Sara Paretsky is the author of the best selling V. I. Warshawski mystery novels. V. I. Warshawski, one of the world's best-known and best-loved female private investigators, is the protagonist of nine novels. A physically tough, smart-mouthed lawyer with working-class roots and affinities, Warshawski protects and avenges ordinary Chicagoans manipulated or murdered by bloated corporations and avaricious Yuppies. The first Warshawski novel, Indemnity Only, appeared in 1982. The rest include Deadlock, Killing Orders, Bitter Medicine, Blood Shot, Burn Marks, Guardian Angel, Tunnel Vision, and Windy City Blues.

"Paretsky's work does more than turn the genre upside down: her books are beautifully paced and plotted, and the dialogue is fresh and smart." - Newsweek

Her most recent novel, Ghost Country (1998), represents a departure from mystery fiction. It tells the story of two young girls who become mixed up in the hoopla surrounding a possible miracle on the streets of Chicago: a wall bleeds through a crack, and some say the blood belongs to the Virgin Mary.

"An outstanding novel and a great read. . .Paretsky's latest may be her best book yet. . ." - Booklist on Ghost Country

Sara Paretsky was named a "Woman of the Year" by Ms. Magazine in 1988. In 1997, she received the Mark Twain Award for contributions to Midwestern Literature, and served as a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, England. She is presently a visiting professor of creative writing at Northwestern University.

Sara Paretsky visited the NYS Writers Institute on May 4, 1999.

"densely textured, adroitly plotted, and one of the author's best." - Kirkus Reviews on Guardian Angel

"The story is as active as any Marlowe ever encountered. . . (V.I.) is good company and a rich discovery awaiting those who have yet to meet her." - Los Angeles Times Book Review

". . .it shows amazing depth and emotion, offers richly complex characters and a stunningly original plot, and provides subtle but caustic commentary on today's social problems." - Booklist on Ghost Country