2020 Author Series welcomes UF professor Jill Ciment on Jan. 12

January 2, 2020

Photo of author Jill Ciment and her new book.


Media Advisory – Jan. 2, 2020

Gainesville, Fla. – University of Florida professor Jill Ciment will present her new novel, The Body in Question, at the Alachua County Library District’s 2020 Author Series on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 12:30 p.m. at Headquarters Branch, 401 E. University Ave., in Meeting Room A.  

Ciment is the author of seven novels, a memoir, and a collection of short stories. Her book “Heroic Measures” was made into the 2014 film “5 Flights Up” starting Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton. With honors including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Guggenheim fellowship, Ciment is recognized for her precise, unflinching writing.

Her new book is set against the backdrop of a murder trial. While sequestered jurors deliberate the case of a teenager charged with her toddler brother’s killing, two jurors give in to a spark of attraction. Juror C-2, a photographer married to an aging writer, finds reprieve from caretaking and passion in her illicit relationship with juror F-17, a doctor. Set in North Central Florida, this tightly paced novel poses questions of judgment, guilt, and love.

The Library District’s Author Series brings award-winning authors to Gainesville for intimate conversations with book lovers. Authors speak, answer questions, and sign books. Copies of featured authors’ works are available for purchase. Events are held in Meeting Room A at Headquarters Branch. The 2020 series lineup includes the following authors:

  • 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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