Tucson Festival of Books

Cara Black



Laura Skayhan

Cara Black's love of all things French was kindled by the French-speaking nuns at her Catholic high school. This was also where Black first encountered French literature and went crazy for the work of Prix Goncourt winner Romain Gary. Her junior year in high school, she wrote him a fan letter, which he answered and which inspired her to make her first trip to Paris, where her idol took her out for coffee and a cigar. Since then, she has been to Paris many, many times. On each visit she entrenches herself in a different part of the city, learning its secret history. She has posed as a journalist to sneak into closed areas, trained at a firing range with real Paris flics, gotten locked in a bathroom at the Victor Hugo museum, and—just like Aimée—gone down into the sewers with the rats (she can never pass up an opportunity to see something new, even when the timing isn’t ideal—she was headed to a fancy dinner right afterward and had a spot of bother with her shoes). For the scoop on real Paris crime, she takes the flics out for drinks and dinner to hear their stories—it usually turns into a long evening, which is why she sticks with espresso. "Night Flight to Paris" is her latest book in the Aimée Leduc Investigations series.

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Awards: Macavity Award, Dashiel Hammett Prize nominee, Medaille de la Ville de Paris (City of Paris medal awarded for cultural contribuiton)


Scheduled events:
Hot Off The Press!
Book launch party exclusively for Sponsors and Friends of the Festival!

Student Union South Ballroom (Seats 200, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Panelists: Cara Black, Laura Cathcart Robbins, Alexis Daria, Sean Doolittle, J. A. Jance, Alex Prud'homme, Alan K. Rode, Will Schwalbe, Joanna Schwartz, Ari Tison
History Mystery
Books by Cara Black, John Copenhaver and Karen Odden take us back -- way back -- and give us a glimpse at murder and mayhem through the ages. How much historical research must they do? How are history mysteries different? So many questions!

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cara Black, John Copenhaver, Karen Odden
Moderator: Holly Rosen
Murder They Wrote
These three authors all come to the festival with stories about not-so-kinder, not-so-gentler times. Not all their protagonists lived to tell about it!

Student Union Sabino (Seats 87)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dianne Freeman, Rosemary Simpson, Iona Whishaw
Moderator: Cara Black
Cara Black
"Night Flight to Paris": It is once again up to American markswoman Kate Rees to take the shot that just might win--or lose--World War II, in the follow up to national bestseller Three Hours in Paris. Three missions. Two cities. One shot to win the war.

Mostly Books, Booth #241 (Seats 1)
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Mystery / Thrillers

Author: Cara Black
Bookseller, Detective, Sheriff
Ellery Adams, Terry Shames and Camilla Trenchieri introduce us to three very different protagonists in three very different settings. What goes into choosing the right character for the story an author wants to tell? Maybe this mystery can be solved at the festival!

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ellery Adams, Terry Shames, Camilla Trinchieri
Moderator: Cara Black
A Sense of Place
Novelists learned long ago that the right setting is critical in the telling of a tale. This is particularly true in mysteries. Today, in fact, authors Cara Black, Karen Odden and Stacy Willingham will describe stories that use setting as an important character.

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cara Black, Karen Odden, Stacy Willingham
Moderator: Cayce Blanchard

Books:
Night Flight to Paris
Mystery / Thrillers
Soho Press, Incorporated
March 2023
ISBN 9781641293556
336 pages

Murder at the Porte de Versailles
Mystery / Thrillers
Soho Press, Incorporated
February 2023
ISBN 9781641294553
tp, 384 pages