Library of Congress

National Book Festival

When detective V.I. Warshawski debuted in 1982 in "Indemnity Only," its author, Sara Paretsky, created a sensation by creating a female investigator who uses her wits as well as her fists. Paretsky challenged a genre in which women typically were either vamps or victims. "Body Work" (Putnam) is the latest in the V.I. series. Paretsky has broken barriers in other ways, such as when she founded Sisters in Crime, a worldwide organization that promotes women crime writers, which earned her Magazine's 1987 Woman of the Year award.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Sara Paretsky

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