Tucson Festival of Books

D.M. Rowell


Like her protagonist Mud, D. M. Rowell comes from a long line of Kiowa Storytellers within a culture that treasures oral traditions. She’s an award-winning and nominated producer/writer on several documentaries, including "Vanishing Link: My Spiritual Return to the Kiowa Way," seen on PBS and winner of TrailDance 2007 Best Oklahoma Documentary.

As a child, Rowell was heavily influenced by her traditional Kiowa Grandfather, C. E. Rowell. He was an artist, master storyteller, recognized Tribal Elder and one of the last readers of the Sai-guats, winter count deerskin calendars that chronicled a hundred years of Kiowa history. Her Grandfather’s stories, memories and art instilled a deep respect and love for her Kiowa culture and traditions within Rowell.

After a three-decade career spinning stories for Silicon Valley startups and corporations with a few escapes creating independent documentaries, Rowell started a new chapter writing a mystery series that features a Silicon Valley professional Kiowa woman and her Plains Indian tribe. The first in the series is "Never Name the Dead."

Rowell enjoys life in California with her partner of 38 years, their son and a bossy, feral gray cat.

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Awards: Mary Higgins Clark Award Finalist 2023

Communities: LGBTQ+, Indigenous or Native American, Mixed Race


Scheduled events:
Debut Mysteries
Erin Adams, Kate Brody and DM Rowell didn't need long to hit the bestseller lists. Each comes to the festival with well-reviewed debut mysteries. In this session, they will discuss the challenges of making their voices heard for the first time.

Koffler Room 216 (Seats 89, 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 - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Erin Adams, Kate Brody, D.M. Rowell
Moderator: Joshua Moehling
Outsmarting the Bad Guys
It isn't easy for authors of modern mysteries to keep up with new era crimes, new era criminals and new era enforcement techniques. In this session, authors Deborah J. Ledford, Nick Petrie, D.M. Rowell and Mark Pryor will discuss how they manage to stay current. And stay ahead of the perps.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Lower Level (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Deborah J. Ledford, Nick Petrie, Mark Pryor, D.M. Rowell
Moderator: Dianne Freeman
Past Secrets
Jance, Rowell and Solcumb bring the mysteries of the past to light in their lastest mystery books.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, 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 - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: J. A. Jance, D.M. Rowell, Brendan Slocumb
Moderator: Jennifer Dornbush

Books:
Never Name the Dead
A Novel
Mystery / Thrillers
Crooked Lane Books
February 2024
ISBN 9781639107209
Trade Paper, 320 pages
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Silent are the Dead
Mystery / Thrillers
Crooked Lane Books
October 2023
ISBN 9781639104994