Award Winning Mystery Writer & Witty Columnist

By Talie Rosa

The third, and final installation of the inaugural season of the three-part “Palm Springs Speaks” series features Lisa Scottoline, mystery writer extraordinaire, gracing the stage at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs on Monday, March 26, at 7:30 PM.  Scottoline began her writing career in 1994, has won the prestigious Edgar Award, and been awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. With 29 novels under her belt, she is a fan favorite for the genre and her books are always highly anticipated and well received. Formally a trial lawyer, Lisa uses her immense knowledge of the law, and the courtroom, to craft mystery novels that are complex, and sophisticated.  She has over 30 million copies in print worldwide. Attendees will be excited to hear that their ticket price includes her newest, about to be released novel, After Anna. Stick around after the event to get your book signed and meet Lisa in person!

Lisa also currently writes a weekly column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit,” a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective.  (Think Erma Bombeck meets the 21st century.)  With titles like “The Queen of Snacks”, and “Being Outsmarted by my Toothbrush”, these personal vignettes bring a little humor, and charm to the art of being a woman in the 21st Century. These, and many others have been collected in a New York Times best-selling series of humorous memoirs including their most recent, “I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool”. You can read “Chick Wit” here:, to brighten, and lighten your day!

“Palm Springs Speaks” presented their hugely successful inaugural series in November 2017.  Other speakers in the series included Dan Savage, writer/TV personality/activist best known for his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love, and relationships; and Deepak Chopra M.D., founder of The Chopra Foundation, and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing.


Tickets for the evening with Lisa Scottoline event can be purchased online at or at the Camelot Theatres box office. Tickets are $30, $60, or $95 per ticket. The $30 admission is for back row seating, for $60, it is general admission seating, and tickets at $95 include VIP Admission to a pre-event Meet and Greet with the author from 6-7 PM (sponsored by Lulu’s California Bistro), and VIP Seating (Center Rows 3-20). All tickets include a copy of Lisa’s newest book, “After Anna”, and a free book signing after the event.  Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit the Palm Springs Cultural Center and Friends of the Palm Springs Public Library equally. 

Palm Springs Speaks is proud to announce its benefactor sponsors: Friends of the Palm Springs Library and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Friends of the Palm Springs Library is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to support the Library in providing world-class service to the community through the purchase of books, movies, music, the visual arts, furnishings and electronic equipment by advocating for funding, gifts and memorials.

Palm Springs Speaks seeks to entertain and educate while shining the spotlight on the written word and literacy for the Coachella Valley. The speaker series provides access to culture and the arts with a variety of speakers representing many walks of life. This series also provides an opportunity for the Palm Springs Cultural Center and Friends of the Palm Springs Library to raise funds. For more information and to keep abreast of future events, please visit

PHOTO:  Lisa Scottoline: New York Times Best-selling Author

Photo Credit: April Narby