Tucson Festival of Books

2024 Founders Award Recipient: T. Jefferson Parker

Mystery author T. Jefferson Parker has been awarded the 2024 Tucson Festival of Books Festival Founders Award.

Established in 2011, this annual award recognizes authors' literary achievements that have captivated our imagination and bodies of work that serve as inspiration to readers, writers and book lovers everywhere.

T. Jefferson Parker is the author of 26 novels including "Silent Joe" and "California Girl," both of which won the Edgar Award for best mystery. In 2008, his short story "Skinhead Central" won Parker another Edgar award, making him one of the elite few writers to have won the Edgar Award three times. 

Parker began writing as a journalist for The Newport Ensign, later working for the Daily Pilot and becoming the recipient of three Orange County Press Club Awards. 

When not working, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, fishing, beachcombing, exercising his dogs. He cannot pass by a body of water without wanting to fish it. He also enjoys rock hounding, cycling and being outdoors.

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