University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Why the West is Best


When they first started typing, before becoming the best-sellers they are today, authors C.J. Box, Anne Hillerman and Todd Scott could have staged their stories anywhere. Why did they decide the West was best? What keeps them focused on the left side of the country?


Panelists
C.J. Box

C. J. Box is the New York Times best-selling author of 27 novels, including the Joe Pickett series. He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel, as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38, the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, two Barry Awards and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for Fiction....

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Anne Hillerman

New York Times bestselling mystery author Tony Hillerman’s talented daughter Anne Hillerman has picked up the mantle and continues the Leaphorn and Chee series. Her debut novel, "Spider Woman's Daughter," is also a stunning work in its own right....

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J. Todd Scott

J. Todd Scott was born in rural Kentucky and attended college and law school in Virginia, where he set aside an early ambition to write to pursue a career as a federal agent. His assignments have taken him all over the U....

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