Alachua County Library District unveils its 2015 Author Series coming to the library starting in January and continuing through June. The Author Series includes seven impressive authors that will speak, answer questions and be available for book signings. It is open to everyone and made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Library.
The 2015 Author Series presents:
Joshilyn Jackson, January 25, 2 p.m. Millhopper Branch
New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is the author of six novels: Gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty and Someone Else’s Love Story. A former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of her novels as well as those written by other novelists. Someone Else’s Love Story, her newest title, is the #1 Indie Next Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, an Okra Pick, the She Reads book club selection, a LibraryReads Selection and A Bloggers Recommend Pick.
Edward Kelsey Moore, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m., Millhopper Branch
Edward Kelsey Moore’s debut novel, Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, hit the New York Times Best Seller list at #15, was chosen for inclusion in the Illinois Reads literacy program and has been optioned for a movie. Moore's essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and in many literary magazines. For more than two decades, Moore has been a professional musician, performing with the Chicago Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.
Jen Lancaster, Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m., Millhopper Branch
Jen Lancaster is the author of 10 titles, both fiction and non-fiction, and her latest novel is Twisted Sisters. Blogging about her experience from being laid off from a corporate job and unemployment office episodes became the basis for her books. Lancaster is also an occasional National Public Radio (NPR) columnist.
Marisa de Los Santos, Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m., Millhopper Branch
Marisa de los Santos has published three New York Times bestselling novels for adults, as well as collaborating on a young adult book with her husband David Teague. Her first book, From the Bones Out, a collection of poems, was published in 2000. A new novel, The Precious One, will be released in March. Her use of beautifully luxurious language makes her novels a hit with book clubs. She has a degree in English as well as an Master of Fine Arts in Poetry and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing.
John Scalzi, Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m., Headquarters Library
John Scalzi is best known for his Old Man’s War series. In 2008, he won the Hugo Award for Best Fanwriter based predominately on his daily blog, Whatever. His novel, Redshirts, won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. His newest novel is Lock In. He has written non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy and writing. Also, he served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe. Scalzi will be the featured speaker at Alachua County Library District’s Fandomonium: A Library Comic Con Event.
John Searles, Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2 PM, Millhopper Library
Time magazine named John Searles a “Person to Watch” after he published his first novel, Boy Still Missing, while balancing novel writing with a magazine career. His second novel, Strange but True, was praised as “sinister and complex” by the New York Times. Both novels have been optioned for film. His most recent novel is Help for the Haunted. Searles frequently appears on NBC’s Today Show and CBS’s The Early Show to discuss his favorite book selections. He has also appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, Live! With Regis and Kelly, and CNN.
Steve Berry, Sunday, June 7, 2 p.m., Millhopper Branch
Steve Berry is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling thriller author whose books have been translated into 40 languages in 51 countries. History lives at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. A 2010 National Public Radio survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers—and served three years as co-president. His newest novel, The Patriot Threat, is being released in March.
To reserve a copy of these authors’ books, visit the library’s catalog. Copies of their books will be available for sale at the events thanks to a partnership with Books-A-Million. All the authors will visit the Millhopper Branch, 3145 N.W. 43 Street, except John Scalzi will visit Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, on April 25. For additional information, contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909, email@example.com.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).