Meet the Authors Series - A Great SuccessAug 172015
There is nothing quite like the experience of meeting the author of a great book. Or, hearing an author read in his or her own voice the story he has chosen to tell. Over the past few years the library has partnered with the Westerville Library Foundation to present an ongoing program of talks by bestselling authors.
I want to thank everyone who has helped make the library’s Meet the Authors series such a great success. Unbelievably, it’s been four years since a visit from famed documentarian Ken Burns laid the groundwork in 2011.
In 2014, Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher thrillers, and Diana Gabaldon, writer of the hugely popular Outlander book and TV series, took our author series to a new level. In response to enthusiastic Outlander fans, we moved that presentation to Westerville Central’s gymnasium where she charmed over 1,500 attendees.
This February, we welcomed Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket followed by A Desperate Fortune writer Suzanne Kearsley. Newly relocated to the Columbus area, Piper Kerman, author of the book and Netflix series Orange is the New Black joined us in June, as well as a July 1st stop by Daniel Silva, who shared his new release The English Spy. Audiences for nearly all of these programs have been capacity crowds, averaging 700 attendees.
We now anxiously await the upcoming visit of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn - another opportunity for our community to experience meeting a stellar author.