John Searles: Author Series is May 17 at Millhopper Branch

April 28, 2015

Alachua County Library District’s 2015 Author Series features John Searles on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m., Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 N.W. 43 Street.

Time magazine named John Searles a “Person to Watch” after he published his first novel, Boy Still Missing, while balancing novel writing with a magazine career. His second novel, Strange but True, was praised as “sinister and complex” by the New York Times. Both novels have been optioned for film. His most recent novel is Help for the Haunted. Searles frequently appears on NBC’s Today Show and CBS’s The Early Show to discuss his favorite book selections. He has also appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, Live! With Regis and Kelly, and CNN.

The 2015 Author Series continues:
Steve Berry, Sunday, June 7, 2 p.m., Millhopper Branch
Steve Berry is a New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling thriller author whose books have been translated into 40 languages in 51 countries. History lives at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. A 2010 National Public Radio survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers—and served three years as co-president. His newest novel, The Patriot Threat, was released in March. 


Jen Lancaster, Sunday, August 16, 2 p.m., Millhopper Branch
Jen Lancaster took her experience being laid off from a corporate job, added her sardonic wit and the violent reaction she received to bringing her Prada bag to the unemployment office, and turned them into a blog, which served as the basis for her books. Already author of 10 titles, both fiction and non-fiction, she has two new ones scheduled for 2015: I Regret Nothing will be released in May, and The Best of Enemies will be released in August. She serves as Governor of the Jennsylvania website, land of the free, home of the bitter. Known for her rampant narcissism and wicked humor, she is also an occasional National Public Radio columnist.

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. For additional information visit or 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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