After stints as a high-school teacher and a tax accountant, Sarah Cortez decided to become a patrol cop, and it was this move that ignited her true calling: writer. "You see it all, as a patrolman, and then you go home and make sure it doesn't eat you up," she's said. Cortez does that by writing poetry (her first collection was called How to Undress a Cop) and mystery. Last spring she edited and contributed to Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery, the first-ever collection of its kind. Today she appears at the Houston Public Library's author series in An Evening With Sarah Cortez and Lucha Corpi, to talk about Hit List and her career so far. Joining her will be another hit-list contributor and fellow Mexican-American writer Lucha Corpi, a poet and novelist whose books include Black Widow's Wardrobe and Cactus Blood. 7 p.m. Central Library, 500 McKinney. For information, call 832-393-1652 or visit www.houstonlibrary.org. Free.
Wed., Nov. 4, 7 p.m., 2009