Keynote - Write on the Sound

2018 Keynote: Cara Black

Cara BlackCara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. 

Before turning to writing full-time, Cara tried her hand at a number of jobs: she was a barista in the Basel train station café in Switzerland, taught English in Japan, studied Buddhism in Dharamsala in Northern India, and worked as a bartender in Bangkok. After studying Chinese history at Sophia University in Tokyo—where she met her husband—she obtained her teaching credential at San Francisco State College, and went on to work as a preschool director and then as an agent for the Head Start program.

Her love of all things French was kindled by the French-speaking nuns at her Catholic high school, where Cara first encountered French literature and went crazy for the work of Prix Goncourt winner Romain Gary. Her junior year in high school, she wrote him a fan letter—which he answered, and which inspired her to make her first trip to Paris, where her idol took her out for coffee and a cigar. Cara lives in the California Bay Area.

Keynote address available to conference registrants, only:  Oct 6, 1:15pm

Saturday Oct 6 session: (TBA)

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