Sara Paretsky charms her fans at Bee Book Club

More than 350 book-lovers filled the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria Thursday night to see one of their favorite authors, New York Times best-seller Sara Paretsky. The event was part of the long-running Sacramento Bee Book Club, which brings A-list writers to town and invites the public to to attend the free programs.

The events are held in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library, and Paretsky made a point of saying how important libraries are for writers as well as readers and implored her fans to support public libraries. She said had it not been for public libraries, she never would have gotten more than her first book published.

Paretsky is on a national tour for “Brush Back,” the 17th title in her best-selling mystery series starring private investigator V.I. Warshawski of Chicago – Paretsky’s hometown.

The award-winning author pleased the crowd with her frankness, quick wit and sense of humor as she recalled her journey from college student to corporate executive to full-time writer. After reading from the first chapter of “Brush Back,” when she assumed the voices of several characters, Paretsky chatted with fans as she signed their books and posed with them for photos.

“This was thrilling,” she said at evening’s end. “Sacramento really is a reading city.”

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe