Alachua County Library District is pleased to be hosting its third annual Author Series!
The 2018 Author Series brings a broad spectrum of writers. Each will speak, answer questions and be available for book signings. Copies of their books will be available for sale at the events. Library copies may be reserved by clicking on the author name links below. The series is made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Library. All events will be at the Headquarters Branch.
LAURA LEE SMITH 2:30PM SUNDAY, JANUARY 7
Laura Lee Smith’s first book, Heart of Palm was praised for her “intelligence, heart, wit” by Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls. Smith returns to the Library to speak about her new book releasing December 5th—The Ice House. Readers will not soon forget this vibrant portrait of multifaceted characters. She captures the urgency of reconnecting with a loved one when time seems to be slipping away. It firmly establishes Smith as a gifted voice in American fiction. Smith lives in St. Augustine.
STEPHANIE POWELL WATTS 2:30PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 27
Stephanie Powell Watts' debut novel, No One Is Coming to Save Us was the inaugural selection by Sarah Jessica Parker for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central. The story is a powerful novel about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. It was named one of the best books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly and the Chicago Review of Books. Watts won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in 2012 for her book We are Taking Only what We Need, a collection of 11 stories which chronicles the lives of African-Americans in North Carolina. Her short fiction has been honored with a Pushcart Prize.
CRAIG JOHNSON 2:30PM, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4
New York Times Best Seller Craig Johnson is most famous for his very popular Longmire novels. Johnson has written twelve novels, two novellas and a collection of short stories featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire of Absaroka County, Wyoming—the least populated county in the least populous state. The stories have been adapted for a television series that was the highest-rated debut on the A&E cable channel; the series is in its 6th season on Netflix. He assures us that he will continue to write this series long after the cinematic version is in syndication.
LAURA LIPPMAN 2:30PM, SATURDAY, MARCH 3
Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan series is one of the most popular and acclaimed crime series as are her stand-alone novels. She was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. Her latest novel, Sunburn, will be out February 20.
LINDA CASTILLO 2:30PM, SUNDAY, MARCH 18
Linda Castillo is the author of the New York Times bestselling Kate Burkholder series, which are crime thrillers set in Amish country. Down a Dark Road her latest novel, published in July 2017 is number nine in the series.
JAMIE FORD 2:30PM, SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Jamie Ford's debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, became a best seller and favorite of book clubs, named the #1 Book Club Pick in 2009 by the American Booksellers Association. He has followed it with Songs of Willow Frost and his latest, Love and Other Consolation Prizes.
DAVIS BUNN 2:30PM, SUNDAY, MAY 20
Davis Bunn, international bestseller and winner of four Christy awards, will present a double feature of his two latest novels, Miramar Bay and Firefly Cove. A common theme found in Bunn's writings is that of second chances, and we get a beautiful romantic journey through doubt and desire.
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).