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Award-winning author visits GRU Summerville

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Best-selling author Sara Paretsky visited Georgia Regents University's Summerville campus on March 29 at the invitation of Dr. Lucy Marion, Dean of the College of Nursing. Paretsky's visit to Augusta includes a session with GRU student writers, a public reading of her novel "Body Work" and a book signing.

Paretsky is best known for her mystery series featuring private eye V.I. Warshawski. She revolutionized the mystery world in 1982 when she introduced the female detective "with the grit and street smarts to tackle problems on the mean streets," challenging a genre in which women were traditionally characterized as vamps or victims.  

Her latest novel, "Breakdown," was released in 2012, and her next book is slated for Fall 2013. She is the author of nearly 20 books, including 15 worldwide bestselling V.I. Warshawski novels, the standalone books "Bleeding Kansas" and "Ghost Country," and the memoir "Writing in an Age of Silence." Paretsky's books are published in 30 countries, and her 2010 V.I. Warshawski novel, "Body Work," was a New York Times bestseller.

In April 2011, Paretsky received the coveted Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award. She has won the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers Association and holds four honorary doctorates.

Also a contributor to "The New York Times" and "The Guardian" newspapers and a speaker at the Library of Congress and Oxford University, Paretsky's own passion for social justice is reflected in her main character. In addition to breaking down barriers, Paretsky's work has helped open doors for other women. In 1986, she created Sisters in Crime, a worldwide organization to support women crime writers, which earned her "Ms. Magazine's" 1987 Woman of the Year award.

"Sara is a wonderful person who advocates for social justice on many levels. I am thrilled that she will join us at GRU," Marion said. "I met her when she was an advisory board member for a nurse-managed center for Chicago residents with serious mental illnesses, where she committed both her time and resources."

Paretsky is a graduate of the University of Kansas and received both a doctorate in history and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. She and her husband live in Chicago.

An Afternoon with Sara Paretsky, a public reading and book signing event, was held at 3 p.m. in Room 170 in University Hall on the Summerville campus.

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