Gainesville's own Lauren Groff kicks off 2016 Author Series January 9

December 1, 2015

Alachua County Library District (ACLD) presents its 2016 Author Series coming to Headquarters Library starting in January. Seven impressive authors and/or illustrators will speak, answer questions and be available for book signings. Gainesville’s own Lauren Groff will kick off the series on Saturday, January 9, 2:30 p.m. She is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times (NYT) Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, #8 on the NYT bestseller list for hardcover fiction.

This fall her third novel, Fates and Furies, burst onto the literary scene with the cover of the NYT Sunday Book Review, shortlisted for the National Book Award and chosen for National Public Radio’s (NPR’s) Morning Edition Book Club. The NYT Book Review wrote “Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and Fates and Furies is an unabashedly ambitious novel that delivers – with comedy, tragedy, well-deployed erudition and unmistakable glimmers of brilliance throughout.”

Her talk is also part of the 2016 Spring Humanities Series, Imagining Florida: The Place We Call Home, co-sponsored by Santa Fe College, the Alachua County Library District, the Matheson History Museum, the University of Florida (UF) Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and the UF Smathers Libraries.

2016 Author Series continues at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, (352) 334-3939:
Victoria Christopher Murray on Saturday, January 23, 2:30 p.m.
Victoria Christopher Murray is the Essence bestselling author of more than 20 novels and is also a two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Fiction. With more than one million books in print, Murray is one of the country’s top African American contemporary authors.

Murray has received numerous awards including the Golden Pen Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being a pioneer in African American Fiction. Since 2007, she has won seven African American Literary Awards for best novel, best Christian fiction and Author of the Year – Female. Her 2014 NAACP Image Award nomination for Never Say Never was her third Image Award nomination.  Several of her novels have been optioned to become movies, including The Ex Files series and The Deal, The Dance and the Devil.

This event is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Library and is a co-sponsored Author Event with Opinionated Ladies Book Club. 

Cynthia Barnett on Saturday, February 20, 2:30 p.m.
Cynthia Barnett is an award-winning environmental journalist who has reported on freshwater from the Suwannee River to Singapore. She is author of the new book Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, which was nominated for the National Book Award in Nonfiction. Her two previous books are Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis and Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.

Blue Revolution, which calls for a water ethic for America, was named by The Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011.  Mirage won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named by The St. Petersburg Times as one of the top 10 books that every Floridian should read.

Meg Waite Clayton on Sunday, March 6, 2:30 p.m.
Meg Waite Clayton is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of five novels, including the recently published The Race for Paris and The Wednesday Sisters, one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time. Race for Paris is a story of two women journalists hoping to make history by being the first to report the liberation of Paris in the summer of 1944. The story was inspired by the actual “Race for Paris” and the extraordinary women who were some of the first journalists to report from the liberated city in August 1944.

Her other titles include The Wednesday Daughters, The Language of Light and The Four Ms. Bradwells.  She's written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Writer's Digest, Runner's World and public radio. A graduate of the University Michigan and its law school, she lives in California.

Comic illustrators Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti on Saturday, April 6, 1:00 p.m.
Amanda Conner is well known for her work in Marvel, Archie and DC Comics including the Painkiller Jane series that made her name, Lois Lane, Codename: Knockout and others. She also co-created The Pro, an Eisner-nominated book for Image Comics with Garth Ellis and her husband, Jimmy Palmiotti.

Connor and Palmiotti, along with writer Justin Gray, created Paperfilms, a multimedia entertainment studio. The husband and wife team still produce cover work for Marvel and DC Comics and are working to adapt Painkiller Jane into a film.

Their talk will also be part of ACLD’s second annual Fandomonium: A Comic Con Event.

Amy Stewart on Sunday, May 22, 2:30 p.m.
Amy Stewart’s latest book is a marvelous romp of a debut mystery, Girl Waits With Gun based on a 1914 traffic accident between a horse and buggy and a car in Paterson, N.J. It’s been named a NYT Editors' Choice and one of People's Best Books of the Fall.

She has also written six nonfiction books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including four NYT bestsellers: The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential

She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the American Horticulture Society’s Book Award and an International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Writing Award. She lives in Eureka, Ca., with her husband Scott Brown, who is a rare book dealer.

To reserve a copy of these authors’ books, visit the library’s catalog at Copies of their books will be available for sale at the events thanks to a partnership with Books-A-Million. All the authors will visit the Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue. For additional information, contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909,


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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