New York Times best-selling author J.A. Jance will be honored at the Pima Library Foundation’s annual Outstanding Stories party on Oct. 24.

The University of Arizona graduate is being honored for her work promoting literacy, libraries and especially for creating the kick-butt character Joanna Brady, an Arizona sheriff, said Terri Haag, the foundation’s development director. Jance will give a short talk at the event. Some of her books will also be available for sale.

In keeping with the evening’s theme, percussionist Will Clipman will perform his one-man storytelling show, “Myths and Masks.” Audience members can add to the evening by sharing their own short stories.

The event costs $75, and it features food by Tavolino’s Italian Restaurant, desserts from Shlomo & Vito’s, and beer and wine from BJ’s Brewpub. The festivities will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Plaza Colonial, on the southwest corner of East Skyline Drive and North Campbell Avenue.

For more information or to book tickets, go to under upcoming events or call Haag at 490-9786.

The Pima Library Foundation raises money to directly support programs such as Homework Help.