Alachua County Library District’s 2017 Author Series presents Pulitzer Prize nominated author Ace Atkins on Saturday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library. Atkins has been nominated three times for the Edgar Allen Poe Award, an award for mystery writers. He is also author to the Nick Travers and Quinn Colson series. In 2011, he was asked by Robert B. Parker's widow and editor to continue Parker's Spenser series. As Parker is often referred to as the Dean of American crime fiction, Atkins' successful transition is remarkable. Atkins graduated from Auburn University in 1994 where many Gator fans may remember him as he played on the football team. He lives on a farm in Mississippi with his family.
The 2017 Author Series is a collaboration with publishers, Friends of the Library and Books-A-Million. It continues at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, (352) 334-3900, with:
Bronwen Dickey on Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m.
When author Bronwen Dickey brought home her new dog—a pit bull—she found it to be not only not vicious but affectionate and timid. So was hers unique or was the reputation of an entire breed unjust? She embarked on a journey of research to find out why pit bulls have been so demonized and what role humans have played in this perception. Her book, Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon, is the illuminating story of how this popular breed has become so controversial. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times and she has received the Lowell Thomas Award in travel writing.
Nathan Hill on Sunday, June 4, 2:30 p.m.
Recently added to the 2017 schedule is Nathan Hill. His debut novel The Nix was named the #1 Book of the Year by Audible and Entertainment Weekly, as well as one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Amazon, Newsday, Library Journal and many others. The Nix was a finalist for the Leonard Award from the National Book Critics Circle for Best Debut of 2016. From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago, and beyond, The Nix explores — with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness — the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.
To reserve a copy of these authors’ books or for more information, visit the library at www.aclib.us or call (352) 334-3900.
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).