Alachua County Library District welcomes Before We Were Yours author Lisa Wingate

February 22, 2019


Media Advisory – Feb. 13, 2019


Gainesville, Fla. – The Alachua County Library District 2019 Author Series presents Lisa Wingate, author of blockbuster hit and book club favorite Before We Were Yours, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave.


New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours begins in 1939 with the heart-wrenching story of four Memphis children plucked from their family, a scenario rooted in reality. From the 1920s through 1950, the Tennessee Children’s Home Society took thousands of children from single mothers and poverty-stricken parents, then advertised these children for adoption to families who could afford to pay.

Before We Were Yours book cover

Before We Were Yours’ accolades include the Goodreads Choice 2017 Award for Best Historical Fiction and the 2018 Southern Fiction Book Prize. Wingate is a prolific author with 30 books and six series to her name.


The Author Series is presented by the Friends of the Library and Books-A-Million. Each author will speak, answer questions and be available for book signings. Copies of their books will be for sale at the events. Library copies may be reserved at The series continues at Headquarters Library with the following lineup:


  • Wiley Cash – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30
    Wiley Cash is the prize-winning author of The Last Ballad, This Dark Road to Mercy and A Land More Kind Than Home. Inspired by actual events, the novel chronicles a woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights as a textile mill worker in North Carolina’s Appalachian foothills. Lyrical, heartbreaking and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Cash’s place among our nation’s finest writers.
  • Elizabeth Berg – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13
    Melanie Benjamin is the author of bestselling historical novels The Swans of Fifth Avenue, about Truman Capote and his society swans, and The Aviator's Wife, about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Her latest novel, The Girls in the Picture, chronicles the friendship and creative partnership Hollywood screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford. Her novels have been translated in over 15 languages.
  • I (Heart) Books
    More than 30 authors will sign their books and greet fans when the Headquarters Library hosts the Florida Writers Association’s multi-genre I (Heart) Books. Attendees can visit with authors, listen in on panel discussions and play author bingo for a chance to win a Reader Appreciation basket.
  • Melanie Benjamin – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15
    Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical novels The Swans of Fifth Avenue, about Truman Capote and his society swans; and The Aviator's Wife, a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Her latest historical novel, The Girls in the Picture, is about the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood's earliest female legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford.  Her novels have been translated in over fifteen languages, featured in national magazines such as Good Housekeeping, People, and Entertainment Weekly, and optioned for film.

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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