This year's Distinguished Speaker is Sara Paretsky. Through her protagonist, V I Warshawski, she's contributed to the reshaping of the mystery genre with her female private eye. Ms. Paretsky holds the Triple Crown of crime fiction writing, having earned three lifetime achievement honors: Edgar Award for Grand Master from the Mystery Writers of America (2011); Anthony Award at Bouchercon (2011); and Cartier Diamond Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association (2002). She's received additional awards for individual titles.
Tickets for the BSI Distinguished Speaker Lecture, which is open to the public, must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.