Bestselling author Lauren Groff returns to Headquarters Library September 16

August 20, 2018

Alachua County Library District welcomes Gainesville’s own bestselling author Lauren Groff to Headquarters Library on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2:30 p.m. to talk about her moving new book, Florida. It’s a collection of stories that span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, with Florida’s landscape, climate, history and state of mind at its center. She weaves together a world in which storms, snakes and sinkholes lurk at the edges of everyday life and collide with human, emotional and psychological nature into electric storytelling. Groff will share some of her writing story and insight into a different side of her adopted state, Florida.

“Our community loves Lauren,” said Chris Culp, Public Services Division Director at Alachua County Library District. “Her books are in high demand and her book talks always draw enthusiastic, interested crowds of fans eager to learn more about this gifted writer who keeps getting better and better. We’re so pleased that Lauren gives back to her community by graciously sharing her time and supporting library experiences.”

Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels - The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia and Fates and Furies; and the celebrated short story collection Delicate Edible Birds. Fates and Furies, a New York Times bestseller, was nominated for the 2015 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, featured in a number of “Best of 2015” fiction lists, and named by President Obama as his favorite book of 2015. Groff also won the O. Henry Award, and her work has been featured in The New Yorker and in several Best American Short Stories anthologies. In 2017, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. She lives Gainesville, with her husband and sons.

To reserve a copy of her books or for additional information, visit or your library. Copies of her books will be available for sale at the event thanks to a partnership with Books-A-Million. For more information, 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). 

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