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Overboard Launch Events

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Overboard will be on sale everywhere on May 10th (May 5th in the United Kingdom) and I’m pleased to report the reviews have been positive.

Here are the launch events for Overboard.

* UPDATE: On Sunday, May 15th at 5:30 pm CT I’ll be virtually onstage with the incomparable Donna Seaman as part of a lineup that includes the brilliant Pulitzer winner Jacqueline Woodson, Luis Urrea and many others at the American Writers Festival in downtown Chicago. If you’re there in person, you can see the interview live but if not, all of the events will be posted on the American Writers Festival website soon after the Festival.

* On Monday, May 16th at 6 pm CT Rogue Women Writers  has invited me to chat with MC Tracy Clark and writers James Rollins, Amanda Quick and Chris Holm on Rogue Reads. This fun virtual event invites you to eat, drink and ask questions. We all submitted recipes for snacks that readers can make and eat while we talk. Here’s your chance to see what VI Warshawski does with figs and goat cheese. You can see the event live on their Facebook  page or on YouTube.

* On Wednesday, May 18th at 6 pm ET, Alafair Burke and I will be chatting at Mysterious Bookshop in New York.

* On Saturday, June 4th at 2 pm CT I’m delighted to be back in person at Centuries and Sleuths in Forest Park, IL.

Preorder Overboard

Monday, November 16th, 2020

V.I. is back in Overboard. On her way home from an all-night surveillance job, V.I. Warshawski is led by her dogs on a mad chase that ends when they discover a badly injured teen hiding in the rocks along Lake Michigan. The girl only regains consciousness long enough to utter one enigmatic word. V.I. helps bring her to a hospital, but not long after, she vanishes before anyone can discover her identity. As V.I. attempts to find her, the detective uncovers an ugly consortium of Chicago powerbrokers and mobsters who are prepared to kill the girl. And now V.I.’s own life is in jeopardy as well.

Overboard is available for pre-order now and for purchase in the UK on May 5, and everywhere on May 10th.


V.I. turns 40! Indemnity Only, the book that introduced V.I. Warshawski to the world, was published on January 22, 1982 and we’re celebrating.




Julie Hennrikus, Executive Director of Sisters in Crime, chats with Sara in this new interview.





Dead Land by Sara ParetskyIncluded by Kirkus Reviews on its list of best mysteries for 2020, Dead Land is now available in paperback at bookstores everywhere. If you’d like a personalized copy, you can order one from Women and Children First.








Interview on Love & Other Crimes

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

On Sept. 14, Brian Vakulskas interviewed Sara for radio KSCJ about her new collection of short stories, Love & Other Crimes. You can listen to this 16 min. interview here.

Love & Other Crimes Launch Events

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

On Wednesday, July 29 at 7 pm Women and Children First is hosting a virtual launch of Love & Other Crimes on my Face Book page. I will read from Love & Other Crimes and will answer questions about that or anything else. Note: questions will have to be posted on my Face Book page 24 hours in advance.

On August 1 at 6 pm, I join my own editor, Emily Krump, in Book Passage’s Conversations with Authors, virtual live sessions with the authors and thinkers most committed to independent bookstores. Once you register, for free, there’s an opportunity to ask questions in advance of the session.

Whitney Terrell and Sugi Ganeshananthan are writers and readers who run an insightful blog about books, Fiction/NonFiction. I was privileged to talk to them last week about Love & Other Crimes.

Friday, August 16th, 2019

If you’d like to catch one of the virtual events connected with the Dead Land launch, just click on the links, below.

Door-to-Door with James Rollins, April 15 (YouTube)

Women and Children First, April 21 (Facebook)

The Raven, April 22 (Crowdcast) (or click here to see the video on Facebook)

Mystery to Me, May 4 (Crowdcast)

Dead Land by Sara Paretsky

The latest from Sara, Dead Land, was released April 21, 2020.

“As usual, Paretsky (Shell Game, 2018, etc.) is less interested in identifying whodunit than in uncovering a monstrous web of evil, and this web is one of her densest and most finely woven ever. So fierce, ambitious, and far-reaching that it makes most other mysteries seem like so many petit fours.” —Kirkus (starred review)



NBC’s Today show interviews Sara (aired Nov. 3, 2019) on the importance of narrator selection for audio books in capturing the essence of the character.  Here Sara is with Susan Erickson, who does the voice-over for her current VI novels.



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.

BRUSH BACK named one of the best thrillers of 2015

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Brush Back by Sara ParetskyThe Washington Post named BRUSH BACK, Sara’s most recent novel, one of 2015’s top 5 thrillers.

Sara receives Paul Engle Prize

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

PARETSKY-blog427Sara received the 2015 Paul Engle Prize, recognizing both her body of work and her work for social justice. See her in conversation with Maureen Corrigan at the Coralville Public Library here.

Sara reviews Peter Ackroyd’s “Wilkie Collins,” a biography of one of the fathers of detective fiction, in the New York Times Book Review, October 30.

Sara appears on BBC Radio’s Woman’s Hour

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Brush Back by Sara ParetskyWhile Sara was on tour in the UK, she appeared on the Woman’s Hour, one of the most listened to programs on BBC Radio. Listen to her interview here.

Sara interviews with the London Times’ Crime Club

Friday, June 26th, 2015

crime club pic copyIn their new crime fiction monthly newsletter,  The London Times’ Crime Club asks Sara about V I, where she came from, and how she’s changed over the years.  Read the interview here.

The DOLLUS Syndrome

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Brush Back by Sara ParetskySara published an essay in the May 1 Booklist on issues around missing voices in contemporary crime fiction

Sara’s new novel Brush Back, about troubled families, Chicago sports, and Illinois politics, will be in bookstores everywhere on July 28



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