2020 Author Series launches Nov. 21 with Ibram X. Kendi

October 22, 2019

Photo of the author Ibram Kendi with the Author Series logo

 Media Advisory – Oct. 22, 2019

Gainesville, Fla. – The Alachua County Library District’s 2020 Author Series will begin early with National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi in conversation with Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Headquarters Branch, 401 E. University Ave, in Meeting Room A.  

Kendi will present his new book, How to Be an Antiracist, at this free event. In How to be an Antiracist, Kendi weaves memoir and social commentary to challenge readers to re-examine their beliefs and envision how to create an antiracist society. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

After earning a doctoral degree in African American Studies from Temple University, Kendi was an assistant professor in New York and later at the University of Florida. Kendi’s second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is a professor and the founding director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C.

The Library District’s Author Series brings award-winning authors to Gainesville for intimate conversations with book lovers. Events are held in Meeting Room A at Headquarters Branch. The 2020 series lineup includes the following authors:

  • Jill Ciment - Sunday, Jan. 12, 2:30 p.m.

University of Florida professor Ciment will present her latest novel, The Body in Question. She is the author of seven novels, a memoir, and a collection of short stories. Ciment’s new book starts in a jury holding room as two jurors begin a flirtation that rapidly grows into a love affair, raising questions of life, death, guilt, and innocence over the course of a murder trial.

  • Rochelle Alers - Saturday, Jan. 25, 2:30 p.m.

Award-winning romance novelist Alers is a regular on bestseller lists. She has written more than 60 titles and boasts almost two million copies of her books in print. Her new book, The Bridal Suite, follows four friends on a romantic adventure to New Orleans. This speaker is co-sponsored by the Opinionated Ladies Book Club.

  • Chris Bohjalian - Saturday, March 21, 2:30 p.m.

New York Times-bestselling author and playwright Bohjalian will present his new thriller, The Red Lotus. Bohjalian is the author of more than 20 novels, including The Sandcastle Girls and The Night Strangers. His book The Flight Attendant will be a limited TV series on HBO.

  • Mary Alice Monroe - Saturday, May 23, 2:30 p.m.

Beach reads queen and conservationist Mary Alice Monroe will bring Lowcountry charm with her newest novel, The Summer Guests. Monroe weaves elements of the fragile coastal environment into her popular books. She has won numerous awards, including a 2017 Southern Book Prize for her novel A Lowcountry Christmas.

Visit www.aclib.us/authorseries for 2020 Author Series news and to reserve copies of featured authors’ works. For more details or to schedule an interview, please contact Rachel Cook at 352-334-3909.

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).

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