Mystery author Nevada Barr comes to Cameron University

New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr, creator of the Anna Pigeon mysteries, will visit Cameron University on Thursday, March 5 to preview her forthcoming novel, "Borderline." The event, which is open to the public at no charge, will take place in the Cameron University Library at 10 a.m. "Borderline," Barr's 15th book in the Anna Pigeon series, is scheduled for release on April 7.

Barr's first novel, "Bittersweet," was published in 1983. The Anna Pigeon series, featuring a female park ranger as the protagonist, started when she married her love of writing with her love of the wilderness. The first book in the series, "Track of the Cat," received both the Anthony Award for Best First Novel from the Crime Writers Association as well as the Agatha Award for Best First Novel in 1993. A few years later, "Firestorm" was honored with France's Prix du Roman D'Aventure as well as another Agatha Award nomination.  Barr was also recognized by Books for a Better Life and Nautilus for her spiritual memoir, "Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat."

The Nevada-born daughter of two professional pilots started out as a successful stage actress in Manhattan. For 18 years, she worked on stage, in commercials, industrial training films and did voice-overs for radio. During this time she became interested in the environmental movement and began working in the National Parks during the summers, landing stints at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, and the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi.


February 23, 2009