Tucson Festival of Books

Gwen Florio

Arizona Daily Star

Gwen Florio is the author of a dozen novels that draw on her award-winning journalism. She has covered stories ranging from the shooting at Columbine High School to the glitz of the Miss America pageant. She also reported on the Miss Navajo contest, where participants slaughter and cook a sheep. She has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyoming (population three).

Florio turned to fiction in 2013 with the publication of "Montana," which won a High Plains Book Award and a national Pinckley Prize for debut crime fiction. Her latest mystery is "Best Be Prepared," which was released in October. 

Florio recently returned to the East Coast after nearly two decades in Montana. She now lives in New Jersey with her husband, retired American Civil Liberties Union of Montana Executive Director Scott Crichton. 

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Awards: High Plains Book Award; Pinckley Prize (national prize for women writers of crime fiction); finalist for International Thriller

Scheduled events:
They Have a Nose for News
Gwen Florio, Tod Goldberg and Hank Phillippi Ryan are award-winning journalists and bestselling authors of modern-day mysteries. Today we'll learn how their experience as journalists help sharpen their stories and their own story-telling.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Gwen Florio, Tod Goldberg, Hank Phillippi Ryan
Moderator: Deborah J. Ledford
She Does It Write
What does longtime journalist Gwen Florio do in her spare time? She writes, of course. She authors mysteries such as "Best Be Prepared." Today she will discuss her latest books and how lessons learned as a newswoman help her create plots and divine whodunit.

Arizona Daily Star Stage (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mystery / Thrillers
Signing area: Signing - Arizona Daily Star (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Gwen Florio
Moderator: Cathy Burch

Best Be Prepared
Mystery / Thrillers
Severn House
October 2023
ISBN 9780727850782
256 pages
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Best Laid Plans
Mystery / Thrillers
Severn House
May 2021
ISBN 9781780297156
256 pages