Tucson Festival of Books

Shannon Baker


Michael H. and Marjorie Y. Lipson

Shannon Baker writes mysteries set in the iconic landscapes of the American West: from the Colorado Rockies to the Nebraska prairies, to the deserts of southern Arizona, where she’s roamed in rafts and kayaks, backpacked, hiked, cycled and skied. Now a resident of Tucson on traditional Pascua Yaqui land, Baker has spent 20 years in the Nebraska Sandhills, where cattle outnumber people by more than 50:1. She is proud to have been chosen a two-time winner of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year and a New Mexico/Arizona Book Award winner for "The Desert Behind Me." Her books include the Kate Fox series, with the most recent addition being "Double Back."

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Awards: New Mexico/Arizona Book Award, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2017 and 2014 Writer of the Year

Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan


Scheduled events:
Experience Makes Great Mysteries
From Award winning newspaper reporting (Parker) to ranch hand/surveyor/fishing guide (Box) to associate maximum prison warden (L'Etoile) these three authors have been influenced by their varied career paths. Sit back and enjoy this high powered session as C.J. Box, T. Jefferson Parker and James L'Etoile discuss their latest best selling mystery/thriller books.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  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: C.J. Box, James L'Etoile, T. Jefferson Parker
Moderator: Shannon Baker
2 Truths and a Lie
Three remarkable storytellers -- authors Craig Johnson, William Kent Krueger and Catriona McPherson -- have come to the festival to discuss their latest mysteries and share some of their favorite stories. Some of the tales are true, some aren't. We will try to decide which ones are which!

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 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: Craig Johnson, William Kent Krueger, Catriona McPherson
Moderator: Shannon Baker
Remember to Breathe Pageturners
Three award-winning suspense writers reveal their techniques for capturing their unique writing styles. Perry, Parker and Baker are exceptional at creating thrillers characterized by moods that elicit heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety. We'll see why this genre is often well-suited to film and television.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Shannon Baker, T. Jefferson Parker, Thomas Perry
Moderator: Rosemary Simpson
Unlikely Heroes
Lou Berney, Margot Douaihy, Nick Petrie and Mark Pryor excel at crafting stories that twist and turn. And sometimes who you least expect can save the day.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Lower Level (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Lou Berney, Margot Douaihy, Nick Petrie, Mark Pryor
Moderator: Shannon Baker
Dangerous Destination
Sometimes the “where” is as deadly as the “who”

Koffler Room 216 (Seats 89, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 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: Shannon Baker, James L'Etoile, Stephen Mack Jones
Moderator: Deborah J. Ledford

Books:
Bull's Eye
Mystery / Thrillers
Severn River Publishing
February 2024
ISBN 9781648754197
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The Desert Behind Me
Mystery / Thrillers
Severn River Publishing
May 2019
ISBN 9781648755057
280 pages