University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Ridley Pearson

Sarah Crowder

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Ridley Pearson is a New York Times best-selling author of more than 50 novels, nearly equally divided between crime/suspense and middle-grade adventure novels. His work has been published in two dozen languages, and has been adapted by network television and for the Broadway stage. His most recent book is "Lock and Key: The Initiation."

Ridley was awarded The Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in detective fiction from Oxford University in 1990, was an Edgar Award nominee, was admitted to the Missouri Writer Hall of Fame in 2013. His novels have won numerous state reading awards. "Peter and the Starcatchers" set a Guinness World Record for most readers reading the same novel at the same time.

His research has spanned the globe and included everything from the engine room of a cruise liner, the Kenya bush, a nighttime visit to Walt Disney World’s It’s A Small World, to a locked-room visit with inmates at a prison for the criminally insane. The real-life aftereffects of this research have at various times helped authorities solve a trio of homicides and briefly made Ridley a silent contributor to an FBI task force charged with the manhunt for the Washington D.C. sniper.

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Scheduled events:
Mysteries, Mayhem, and Monsters
Join three best-selling authors who tell tales of mysterious happenings and adventures of intrigue and suspense. R.L. Stine takes you into Slappy World where goosebumps abound, while Shannon Hale invites you into the dangerous Ever After High, and Ridley Pearson engages readers in mysteries with the Kingdom Keepers and Lock and Key series. Join these authors for a wild ride of fear and mystery. Assistive listening devices available.

Education Kiva (Seats 300)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Shannon Hale, Ridley Pearson, R. L. Stine
Moderator: Trish Bandré
Rock Bottom Remainders - Free Concert
On Saturday, March 10, immediately following the close of the festival. The outdoor concert will be at Jefferson Field. There will be food trucks, a cash bar, and plenty of space to dance!

Rock Bottom Remainders Outdoor Concert  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Panelists: Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Sam Barry, Gary Hirstius, Greg Iles, Mary Karr, Josh Kelly, Erasmo Paolo, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Alan Zweibel

Lock and Key: The Initiation #1
Children / Teens
Harper Collins
May 2017
ISBN 9780062399021
Paperback, 384 pages
$9.99, INSTORE
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“Will leave you dying to know more.”—Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series The New York Times bestselling author of the Peter and the Starcatchers and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the riveting first tale of the Lock and Key trilogy about the origins of the rivalry between literature’s most famous enemies—Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty, told from the perspective of James’s observant little sister, Moria. More/less

Lock & Key: Downward Spiral #2
Children / Teens
Harper Collins
October 2017
ISBN 9780062399045
Hardcover, 432 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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“Will leave you dying to know more.” —Rick Riordan, author of the #1 bestselling Percy Jackson seriesThe New York Times bestselling author of the Peter and the Starcatcher and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the second riveting tale in the Lock and Key trilogy. More/less

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University of Arizona

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Tucson Medical Center

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