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An Evening with Sara Paretsky

August 29, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sara Paretsky is a writer of great courage and intellect. Her work has revolutionized a genre where all too often women have been portrayed as either vamps or victims.

In 1982 she wrote Indemnity Only and first introduced the world to V.I. Warshawski, a female detective who is empowered and independent. Since that first novel Sara has written fifteen more best-selling Warshawski novels.

Called “passionate” and “electrifying,” V.I. reflects her creator’s own dedication to social justice. Sara is a devoted advocate for those on society’s margins. Moving to Chicago from rural Kansas in 1966 Sara worked as a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side during the turbulent race riots of that year. More recently she has mentored teens in Chicago’s most troubled schools, and she works closely with literacy and reproductive rights groups.

Not only has Sara’s own work broken barriers but she has also helped open doors for other women. In 1986 she created Sisters in Crime, a worldwide organization to support female crime writers, which earned her Ms. Magazine’s Woman of the Year award. She is also the recipient the British Crime Writers’ Association’s prestigious Cartier Diamond Dagger and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. Can’t make it to the lecture in person? Watch via livestream.com from your desktop or mobile device.

Book signing

Copies of Sara’s latest book, Fallout, will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Rainy Day Books. A book signing will immediately follow the lecture.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.


August 29, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.

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