Tucson Festival of Books

Cara Black



Laura Skayhan

Sponsored by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

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, Best Historical Novel Left Coast Crime, Dashiel Hammett Prize nominee, Medaille de la Ville de Paris (City of Paris medal awarded for cultural contribuiton)


Scheduled events:
Friends and Sponsors only: Hot Off The Press
Sponsors and Friends of the Festival are invited to a books launch party with authors in attendance.

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

Panelists: Marie Arana, Cara Black, C.J. Box, Alisyn Camerota, Margot Douaihy, Rajani LaRocca, Laura McNeal, Moses Utomi, Zibby Owens, Ron Rapoport, Deborah Taffa, Tia Williams
Women of Mystery
Ain’t no delicate flowers here! Three expert mystery writers share the thrills and chills of writing compelling mystery novels.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cara Black, Anne Hillerman, Becky Masterman
Moderator: Erica Ruth Neubauer
Mystery Series: Character Evolution
We love the characters, whether they are private eyes in Paris or southern Cal or police on the Navajo Nation. We can’t wait for their next adventures. But how do authors keep our interest in characters who appear in book after book? Three bestselling authors of mystery series share how they develop characters and storylines that keep fans returning.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 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, Anne Hillerman, Joe Ide
Moderator: Hank Phillippi Ryan
Creating Intrigue
Box, Phillippi Ryan and Black are masters at creating a realistic, suspenseful plot ;a shocking crime; a villain; and a resolution to the puzzle. Better get there early to grab a good seat for these bestselling mystery writers!

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cara Black, C.J. Box, Hank Phillippi Ryan
Moderator: Rosemary Simpson
Masters of Mystery
Festival favorites C.j. Box, William Kent Krueger and Thomas Perry are masters at building tension that holds the readers on the edge of pivotal moments of the story. Today they will discuss their latest work and what keeps them coming back for more.

Student Union North Ballroom (Seats 560)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Rincon Room (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: C.J. Box, William Kent Krueger, Thomas Perry
Moderator: Cara Black

Books:
Murder at la Villette
Mystery / Thrillers
Soho Press
March 2024
ISBN 9781641294478
288 pages

Night Flight to Paris
Mystery / Thrillers
Soho Press
February 2024
ISBN 9781641295666
336 pages