Author Series 2020

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The 2020 Author Series begins in November with historian Ibram X. Kendi and continues into next spring. All events are held in Meeting Room A at the Headquarters Branch, 401 E. University Ave., Gainesville. Check back for updates as we continue to fill out the lineup. 

Ibram X. Kendi - Thursday, Nov. 21, 12:30 p.m. 

Photo of Ibram X. KendiHistorian Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will present his newest book, How to be an Antiracist. 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 currently a professor of history and international relations and the founding director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C.
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. Publishers Weekly lauded the title, calling it “a boldly articulated, historically informed explanation of what exactly racist ideas and thinking are . . . [Kendi’s] prose is thoughtful, sincere, and polished. This powerful book will spark many conversations.”

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

University of Florida Professor Jill Ciment will share her novel, The Body in Question. Ciment is the author of a memoir and six novels, including Act of God. The film 5 Flights Up is based on her novel Heroic Measures. Ciment has earned numerous literary prizes, including a National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her newest novel is set in a central Florida courthouse as jurors deliberate the fate of a teenager accused of murdering her young sibling. Two jurors grapple their budding affair as they discover that they're on different sides of the case. 

Dates to be announced 

Rochelle Alers

Award-winning romance writer Rochelle Alers has authored more than 60 titles and has almost two million copies of her books now in print.

Anne LeZotte

Ann Le Zotte, author of both novels and poetry, will share her new novel Show Me a Sign, publishing in March. LeZotte is also a library specialist at the Waldo Branch and won the 2019 Guy Hudspeth Award for her contributions to the Library District.