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Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky revolutionized the mystery world when she introduced her private detective, V.I. Warshawski, in her 1982 novel, "Indemnity Only."

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Sara Paretsky Biography

By creating a strong female investigator who uses her wits as well as her fists, Paretsky challenged the conventions of a genre in which women traditionally were either vamps or victims. The challenge struck a cord and "Indemnity Only" was hailed by critics and fans. Nine other Warshawski novels followed, all national bestsellers. "The Los Angeles Times" says, "Paretsky is unique among the women writing about women," while "Publishers Weekly" claims, "Among today's P.I.'s nobody comes close to Warshawski." "Total Recall" was published in 2001 and her new book "Blacklist" is due out in the fall of 2003.

In addition to her Warshawski novels, Paretsky's has written a non-series novel, "Ghost Country," which blends comedy, magic, and a gritty realism in a riotous ride along Chicago's mean streets. She has also edited three collections of short stories and her books are published in twenty-four languages.

Paretsky's deep-rooted concern for social justice, the hallmark of her novels, has carried her voice far beyond the world of crime fiction. As a frequent contributor to "The New York Times'" op-ed page, and a speaker at such places as the Library of Congress, Oxford University and the University of Chicago, she is an impassioned advocate for those on society's margins.

Not only has Paretsky broken barriers with her work, she has also helped open doors for other women writers in the field. Her role in founding Sisters in Crime, an organization that supports women mystery writers, caused "Ms." magazine to name her Woman of the Year in 1988. In 2002, the British Crime Writers Association awarded her the Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. Paretsky has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and a visiting professor at Northwestern University. Her work is celebrated in Pamela Beere Briggs's 2000 documentary, "Women of Mystery." She has received three honorary doctorates, most recently, in June 2002, from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL.

To give back to the community, Paretsky has established several scholarships at the University of Kansas, one in a residence hall, including a special prize for students doing creative work in the arts or sciences. In 2001, she established the Sara and Two C-Dogs Foundation, which primarily supports girls and women in the arts, letters and sciences. She has also mentored students in Chicago's inner city schools.

Paretsky grew up in eastern Kansas. She and her four brothers attended a two-room country school, where Paretsky began her lifelong love of baseball and underdogs, playing third base for a school team that always finished at the bottom of its rural league. Her first published writing, which appeared in "The American Girl" magazine when she was eleven, told a tale of surviving a tornado with her schoolmates. While at the University of Kansas, Paretsky went to Chicago to do community service under the direction of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Staying on to make Chicago her home, she received both a doctorate in history and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Critical Mass (V.I. Warshawski Novel)

Critical Mass (V.I. Warshawski Novel)

Breakdown: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

Breakdown: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

Body Work: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

Body Work: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

Bitter Medicine: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

Bitter Medicine: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

Hardball (V. I. Warshawski Series #13)

Hardball (V. I. Warshawski Series #13)

Bleeding Kansas

Bleeding Kansas

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Sara Paretsky Biography

By creating a strong female investigator who uses her wits as well as her fists, Paretsky challenged the conventions of a genre in which women traditionally were either vamps or victims. The challenge struck a cord and "Indemnity Only" was hailed by critics and fans. Nine other Warshawski novels followed, all national bestsellers. "The Los Angeles Times" says, "Paretsky is unique among the women writing about women," while "Publishers Weekly" claims, "Among today's P.I.'s nobody comes close to Warshawski." "Total Recall" was published in 2001 and her new book "Blacklist" is due out in the fall of 2003.

In addition to her Warshawski novels, Paretsky's has written a non-series novel, "Ghost Country," which blends comedy, magic, and a gritty realism in a riotous ride along Chicago's mean streets. She has also edited three collections of short stories and her books are published in twenty-four languages.

Paretsky's deep-rooted concern for social justice, the hallmark of her novels, has carried her voice far beyond the world of crime fiction. As a frequent contributor to "The New York Times'" op-ed page, and a speaker at such places as the Library of Congress, Oxford University and the University of Chicago, she is an impassioned advocate for those on society's margins.

Not only has Paretsky broken barriers with her work, she has also helped open doors for other women writers in the field. Her role in founding Sisters in Crime, an organization that supports women mystery writers, caused "Ms." magazine to name her Woman of the Year in 1988. In 2002, the British Crime Writers Association awarded her the Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. Paretsky has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and a visiting professor at Northwestern University. Her work is celebrated in Pamela Beere Briggs's 2000 documentary, "Women of Mystery." She has received three honorary doctorates, most recently, in June 2002, from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL.

To give back to the community, Paretsky has established several scholarships at the University of Kansas, one in a residence hall, including a special prize for students doing creative work in the arts or sciences. In 2001, she established the Sara and Two C-Dogs Foundation, which primarily supports girls and women in the arts, letters and sciences. She has also mentored students in Chicago's inner city schools.

Paretsky grew up in eastern Kansas. She and her four brothers attended a two-room country school, where Paretsky began her lifelong love of baseball and underdogs, playing third base for a school team that always finished at the bottom of its rural league. Her first published writing, which appeared in "The American Girl" magazine when she was eleven, told a tale of surviving a tornado with her schoolmates. While at the University of Kansas, Paretsky went to Chicago to do community service under the direction of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Staying on to make Chicago her home, she received both a doctorate in history and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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  • How to book Sara Paretsky?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sara Paretsky for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sara Paretsky, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sara Paretsky or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sara Paretsky?

    Speaking fees for Sara Paretsky, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Sara Paretsky charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sara Paretsky, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sara Paretsky?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sara Paretsky for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sara Paretsky for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sara Paretsky or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sara Paretsky or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sara Paretsky is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Sara Paretsky for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Sara Paretsky generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Iris Krasnow, Asra Nomani, Roya Hakakian, Judith Viorst and Rachel Simmons. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sara Paretsky for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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