Barbara G. Peters

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Barbara G. Peters
Born (1940-12-22) December 22, 1940 (age 82)
OccupationBookstore owner, publisher
EducationStanford University (B.A.)
Northwestern University (M.A.)
Univ. of Tennessee (M.S.L.S.)
SpouseRobert Rosenwald

Barbara G. Peters (December 22, 1940) is a publisher and bookshop owner.

Life and career[edit]

Peters was born in Winnetka, Illinois.[citation needed]

She holds a BA from Stanford University, an MA from Northwestern University, an MSLS from the University of Tennessee. She was named a Library of Congress Intern on receipt of her Masters in Library Science, and is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada, The British Crime Writers Association, and Mystery Writers of America. She is a founder of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

In 1989 she founded The Poisoned Pen, one of the world's largest mystery bookstores.[1] In 1997 she co-founded Poisoned Pen Press, a separate corporation dedicated to publishing mystery, making available originals and reprints.[2] It became part of Sourcebooks in 2015.[1]

Peters was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the eleven most important people in Bookselling in their January 3, 2000 issue in an article entitled Eleven for the Millennium.[3]


She is the winner of the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the Poisoned Pen bookstore.[4] She was the 2007 Bouchercon Fan Guest of Honor, and with husband, publisher Robert Rosenwald, the 2008 Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, again for their work with The Poisoned Pen franchise.[5] In 2011 Peters was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award as CEO of a million-dollar[6] company by The Arizona Republic.


  • AZ Murder Goes...Classic ed. with Susan Malling, 1996. (1998 rev ed. ISBN 1890208086)
    Nominated for 1997 Edgar Award for Best Critical / Biographical[7]
  • AZ Murder Goes...Artful ed. with Susan Malling, 2001. ISBN 1890208264
  • AZ Murder Goes … Professional, 2002. ISBN 1590580036


  1. ^ a b Lengel, Kerry (27 September 2019). "On its 30th anniversary, Poisoned Pen Bookstore has more to celebrate than just surviving". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Article in Spawn". Archived from the original on 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  3. ^ "Publishers Weekly article: Eleven for the Millennium". Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  4. ^ "The Raven Award". Mystery Writers of America. Archived from the original on September 27, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "Guests of Honor and Anthony Award Winners". Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  6. ^ Newpoff, Laura (November 27, 2005), "Valley publisher hones in on mystery genre", Phoenix Business Journal, retrieved July 12, 2014
  7. ^ "Edgar Awards Winners and Nominees". Mystery Writers of America. Archived from the original on September 27, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2014.

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