Nevada Barr Unravels Mysteries at Cameron
On March 5, 2009, faculty, students, and community members enjoyed a literary event—a morning with mystery writer Nevada Barr. Engaging and down to earth, Barr unraveled some mysteries of her own; she explained how she came to be an award-winning and New York Times bestselling novelist. First, when she was a park ranger at Isle Royale in Michigan, she began to plot how two male colleagues could die. Next, she sat down and wrote about a kazillion words. After ten manuscripts or so, she got pretty good at it. Nevada Barr further disclosed that her mysteries have been inspired by her own experiences of working in law enforcement in four national parks. Although she never experienced these crimes first hand, she has borrowed bits and pieces of crimes which have passed through these parks. Barr also disclosed how Anna Pigeon, the protagonist of her series, got her name. Barr said she was named after an incredible woman—a tall, beautiful, ghostlike figure who worked in a museum in Minnesota. Last, Nevada Barr revealed part of the plot of Borderline, the 15th book in the series. In this novel, Anna and her husband take a rafting trip in Big Bend National Park. The raft is lost, but a grisly, half-dead pregnant woman is found. Anna and her husband are sucked into the labyrinth of intrigue which takes them all the way to the Governor’s Mansion. However, like the master storyteller that she is, Nevada Barr did not unravel this mystery—the conclusion of Borderline will not be known until April 7, 2009, when the book is released. Nevertheless, the program attendees left the event feeling stimulated and eager to read a good mystery!