Alachua County Library District’s 2017 Author Series presents Ted Geltner on Sunday, April 23, 2:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library. Award-winning writer, editor and educator Geltner will talk about his latest book Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews. It is the first full-length biography of Gainesville’s legendary novelist and journalist. Geltner got to know Crews while working as a reporter, writing numerous articles about the cantankerous author and his colorful escapades. Geltner earned his doctoral degree, focusing on journalism history at the University of Florida, where he was a teacher, student and researcher while working as an editor and feature writer for The Gainesville Sun. Geltner is an associate professor at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., where he teaches courses in reporting, literary journalism, magazine journalism and photojournalism. He and his family live in Gainesville.
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:
Ace Atkins on Saturday, May 6, 2:30 p.m.
Atkins is a journalist and an author. He earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for an investigative series on a forgotten murder in the 1950s, which later was an inspiration for his novel White Shadow. He was nominated three times for the Edgar Allen Poe award presented by the Mystery Writers of America. He is also author of the Nick Travers and Quinn Colson series. In 2011, he took over Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. The latest Spenser book, Little White Lies, will be out in May. Atkins lives on a farm outside Oxford, Miss. with his family. He graduated from Auburn University in 1994 where many Gator fans may remember him as he played on the football team.
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).