Author Series 2019
This year the Author Series brings nationally renowned authors that have both awards and sales. Book clubs will be especially drawn to the lineup. The latest books from these authors will take you to 1920s Hollywood, Tennessee and North Carolina with very different stories; then to Gainesville during the civil rights era of the 60s and then to a book brimming with charm. The Library will also host a very special event from the Florida Writers Association that will bring over thirty Florida authors to Gainesville. All programs will be at the Headquarters Branch.
This series is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library.
Steve Berry - Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Steve Berry will present his latest book, The Bishop's Pawn. Like many of his other books, The Bishop’s Pawn looks back at history with a different take on the feud between Martin Luther King, Jr. and J. Edgar Hoover. Berry describes The Bishop’s Pawn as a travelogue of Florida, and Gainesville is one of the stops! Berry is the New York Times internationally bestselling author of the popular Cotton Malone series as well as many standalone books. His books have been translated into 40 languages with over 22,000,000 copies sold in 51 countries.
Lisa Wingate - Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Lisa Wingate is the author of the phenomenal bestseller Before We Were Yours. She is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and author of thirty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards; including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Carol Award, and the Christy Award. Her blockbuster hit, Before We Were Yours, remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for over a year, was Publishers Weekly’s #3 longest running bestseller of 2017, and was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award winner for historical fiction. Before We Were Yours has been a book club favorite worldwide and to date has sold over one million copies.
Wiley Cash - Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Wiley Cash is the prize-winning author of The Last Ballad, This Dark Road to Mercy and A Land More Kind Than Home. The Last Ballad was named a Best Book of 2017 and is set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1919 and inspired by actual events. The chronicle of an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley Cash’s place among our nation’s finest writers.
Elizabeth Berg - Saturday, April 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Berg will talk about her latest book, Night of Miracles; a delightful novel about surprising friendships, community and the way small acts of kindness can change a life. Berg's first novel, Durable Goods, won the ALA Best Book of the Year award. Open House was a 2000 Oprah Book Club pick about a woman recreating her life after divorce. Night of Miracles, slated for release in November 2018, is a companion novel to The Story of Arthur Truluv, following the same characters. Berg began her writing career as a columnist for both New Woman and Parents. In 2018, Berg received the State of Illinois Literary Heritage Award for her wonderful contributions to literary culture.
Florida Writers Association 4th annual I ♥ Books - Saturday, May 11, 2019 12-4 p.m.
The Florida Writers Association will hold their 4th annual I ♥ Books event in Gainesville at our Headquarters Library. This event is a multi-genre book signing that brings together authors and readers. There will be over 30 authors here to sign their books. It’s been held in a different Florida city every year and we’re pleased to host it this year. Last year’s attendees in Jacksonville left wanting to know when it was coming back to Jacksonville. There will be panel discussions, giveaways and more.
Melanie Benjamin - Saturday, June 15, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
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).