Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tucson Festival of Books -- March 2011

I love this festival.  This year was its third and it just keeps getting better but still keeps its fun unpretentious soul.  One of my best friends and her family live in Tucson, so I've gotten to know and love the city over the years. What a pleasure to see good friends. 

My husband and I drove from the L.A. area. It's a seven to eight hour drive, mostly through desert.  I love desert landscapes.  Maybe it's because I was born and raised in Southern California, but the desert resonates with me.

So, some photos of a great event.  The first three photos were taken by Leslie Pape. I snapped the last four.

The "Blood and Guts--Violence in Crime Fiction" panel with L to R: Zoe Sharp, Cara Black, me, and Rebecca Cantrell

"The Seamy Side of Paradise: California Crime" with L to R: Thomas Perry, me, and T. Jefferson Parker.

"Against the Odds: Women in Jeopardy" with L to R: Juliet Blackwell, Wendy Corsi Staub, me, and Libby Fischer Hellman.
At the festival, an unintentionally funny display about the perils of drinking and driving.

Morning hike in Ventana Canyon. Cottontails, pheasants, bird songs, fresh air, and solitude.

On the drive home.  Outside Quartzsite, AZ. 

Heading home, westbound on I-10.  "Prisoner of the white lines on the freeway..."


  1. Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

  2. You're welcome, Dru. Thanks for being such a great fan of crime fiction!

  3. Some nice shots, Dianne. I'm a lover of the desert, too. I never get out there enough. I'm glad you had a good time! Looks like there were some interesting panels.

  4. I just re-read Cut To The Quick! Now, I'm off to order the others (missed the first one).


  5. Thanks for the comments about the photos, Petrea. A nice compliment from a terrifc photographer.

    Sally, I'm honored that you re-read Cut to the Quick. One of my favorite characters is in that book. It's probably not who you think it is! Thanks for picking up the others.

  6. Wunderful, beautiful, photos, DE. Ever thought about adding writing to your photography skills?? ;