Archive for Saturday, August 7, 2010

Novelist Paretsky earns state honor

August 7, 2010


— Author Sara Paretsky, creator of the famed fictional private eye V.I. Warshawski, is being honored in Kansas with the 2011 Governor’s Distinguished Arts Award.

Paretsky, who lives in Chicago, grew up in the Lawrence area and has gained worldwide acclaim for her novels. Besides the Warshawski crime series, they include “Bleeding Kansas,” based in rural northeast Kansas where she lived as a child.

Paretsky will receive the award on March 3, 2011, at Washburn University in Topeka.


SDTPlant 7 years, 9 months ago

Sara's a fine writer, particularly for her detective fiction! She deserves this award and I'm proud that it's being given at my Alma mater, WU.

KU_cynic 7 years, 9 months ago

She's a talented writer, but she has mostly been running down Kansas ever since she left it, probably because her seemingly unpleasant home life as a child. Even in her novel Bleeding Kansas (which I did read) she mostly characterizes Kansans as dopes and hicks, with the exception of a couple idealized characters.

Perhaps these manifestations of appreciation for her talent will cause her to reconsider her often hostile stance toward Kansas and Kansans. We really can't afford to have talented ex-patriot Kansans (like authors Paretsky and Thomas Frank) so ready to ridicule us as rubes.

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