Crime fiction aficionados invited to T. Jefferson Parker reading

Literary Southwest program free to public Nov. 3

One of America’s most celebrated writers of crime fiction visits The Literary Southwest at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. T. Jefferson Parker appears in the Yavapai College Library’s Susan N. Webb Community Room (Bldg. 19, Room 147) for an open conversation, audience Q&A session, and a book signing.

Literary Southwest programs bring authors and poets to Prescott twice a semester, and are presented free to the public.

Most of Parker’s novels – more than 20 – take place in Southern California and deal with crime, life and death.

“I’ve been reading him since ‘Laguna Heat,’ his first novel in 1985. Twenty books later, he’s going strong,” Said Jim Natal, Literary Southwest series director.

His newest novel, “The Room of White Fire,” is one of his best, Natal added. He likes Parker, too, because the author writes both series and compelling stand-alone books.

“There’s a reason why he’s won three Edgar Awards (the mystery writer’s version of the Oscar). His work goes beyond genre — he’s just plain a great writer,” Natal said.

Parker, a former newspaper reporter in Orange County, wrote during his evenings and on weekends. “Laguna Heat” was made into an HBO movie. Several of his |

novels deal with dangers along the U.S./Mexico border. One book is set in the world of Olympic ski racing, and another is about young Marines returning from Afghanistan.

The Hassayampa Institute presents The Literary Southwest is made possible by Yavapai College and the Yavapai College Foundation, with additional support provided by Peregrine Book Company.

For complete author and series information, visit: www.yc.edu/Literarysw or call Jim Natal at 928-776-2295.