While Donna went to a variety of panels, most of the ones I attended were in the mystery field. Some of the panels seemed a little odd, and the panelists struggled to discover what they had in common, other than they wrote mysteries or thrillers. I went to the first one to see a writer who was going to be on the panel I moderated on Sunday.
|Darynda Jones, Hester Young, John Sandford|
What do Darynda Jones, Hester Young and John Sandford have in common? Well, Jones and Young have some paranormal elements in their books, but Sandford doesn't. He was an excellent storyteller, though.
The moderator of that panel was Lee Harris. She hasn't had a Christine Bennett book out in eleven years, but I read every one of them.
Following that panel, I headed off to hear Donis Casey and Andrew Gross talk about family and the influence on their books.
|With Craig Johnson|
|With Cara Black|
On Sunday, I spent time talking to friends at Desert Sleuths, Sisters in Crime. I went to see Terry Shames and Andrew Gross on a panel. Donna and I caught up with each other when we went to a ticketed event, Lisa See, Christina Baker Kline, and Martha Hall Kelly. A search for gelato led to other friends from Glendale, and I sat with them for a while before heading off to moderate a panel.
I moderated a panel called Deadly Debuts with Gina Wohlsdorf and Hester Young. I'm sure it wasn't easy for them with only two people on a panel.
|Hester Young, me, Gina Wohlsdorf|
My panel was the last one I attended, but I hurried to another room where I stood in line with Donna to have Craig Johnson sign a book. And, I took a picture of her with Longmire star A. Martinez and Craig.
|A. Martinez, Donna, Craig Johnson|
Terrific book festival. It's changed some while I was away from Arizona for the last four years. But, it's still wonderful. The organizers do an excellent job, and it runs smoothly.
From Tucson, we headed to Scottsdale for the next few days. More pictures soon!