Tucson Festival of Books

Jana Bommersbach


Jana Bommersbach and Bob Boze Bell have spent the last three years collaborating on "Hellraisers & Trailblazers: The Real Women of The Wild West," a book about women too often overlooked in Western history–smart women, gutsy women, fearless women, stubborn women, inspiring women.

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Awards: Finalist for Edgar Allan Poe Award, 1992 for debut book, THE TRUNK MURDERESS:WINNIE RUTH JUDD. It was originally published by Simon & Schuster and then republished by Poisoned Pen Press. In 2010, it was named the selection for Arizona's ONE-BOOK program, encouraging the whole state to read it and then followup with Jan's personal presentations at libraries throughout the state. Her first children's book, A SUIRREL'S TORY, A TRUE TALE" won several awards, including USA Book News "2013 Bet Book Award" for a children's non-fiction picture book. It also took honorable mention in the London Book Festival. Publisher Clearing House named Jana's first historical Novel, Cattle Kate, one of the nation's best books in 2014; my debut book, "The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd," originally published by Simon & Schuster and then republished in 2003 by Poisoned Pen Press. In 2010, The Trunk Murderess was honored as Arizona's OneBookAZ, with the state library encouraging everyone in Arizona to read and discuss the book. My first children's book, "A Squirrel's Story: A True Tale" published by Five Star Publications in 2013 won numerous national and international awards in children's literarture. In 2014, my first historical novel, "Cattle Kate," was noted with a starred review from Publisher's Weekly and included in its "Best Books of 2014." my debut book, "The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd" originally published by Simon & Schuster and republished by Poisoned Pen Press.r

Communities: Arizona Author


Scheduled events:
Women of the West
The women of the West don't often get their due, but they certainly will today. In this session, our authors describe the hell-raisers, trailblazers and remarkable heroines that helped make the West what it has become today.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Bob Boze Bell, Jana Bommersbach, Wynne Brown, Chris Enss
Moderator: Stuart Rosebrook, PhD

Books:
Hellraisers & Trailblazers
The Real Women of the Wild West
History / Biography
Two Roads West
January 2023
ISBN 9781732917149

The Trunk Murderess
Winnie Ruth Judd
True Crime
Poisoned Pen Press
May 2011
ISBN 9781590580646
344 pages