KENNEWICK -- Bestselling author J.A. Jance returns to Kennewick for a public book discussion and signing the week her newest novel is released.
Jance will discuss her upcoming novel, Queen of the Night, scheduled for release the week of her July 29 speaking event at Southridge High School.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers will be present to sell books, with a portion of proceeds designated to Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries.
She last visited Kennewick in 2000.
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There are more than 25 million copies of Jance's novels in print and her books consistently appear on national bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal, according to a news release from Mid-Columbia Libra-ries, which is playing host for her visit.
In Queen of the Night, Jance returns to the story of the Walker family in which the horrors of two grisly murders threaten to destroy three families.
The Walker books feature the stories and rich culture of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Jance spent several years teaching and living on the Tohono O'odham reservation west of Tucson.
Jance is The New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the J.P. Beaumont series, Joanna Brady series, and Ali Reynolds series, as well as four standalone thrillers.
In 2000, Jance was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by the University of Arizona.
Jance is an avid crusader for many causes including Gilda's Club, the Humane Society, the YWCA, and the Girl Scouts.
She splits her time between Seattle and Tucson with her husband of 24 years.
A lover of animals, Jance has two dogs, Aggie and Daphne, named for Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier.