June 2017

What’s New · Main Library Author Series

Visit the Main Library to meet bestselling authors and hear them discuss their lives and work!*

David Pepper, The People’s House

The People’s House

Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m.

In The People’s House, Ohio politician and lawyer David Pepper writes a fictional tale about political reporter Jack Sharpe’s investigation into an odd election result in the Ohio Congressional district he covers. Sharpe stumbles across voting irregularities that spur him to dig deeper. The story takes him far beyond his corner of Ohio as he discovers an international plot one that strikes at the heart of American democracy. His reporting leads to a showdown with a philandering congressman and presidential contender, and an eccentric but deadly Russian mogul.

Jane Green, The Sunshine Sisters

The Sunshine Sisters

Thursday, June 22, 7 p.m.

Jane Green is the author of 18 novels, 17 of which were New York Times bestsellers. She has over 10 million books in print, and is published in over 25 languages. In her new novel, The Sunshine Sisters, Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood in the 1960s to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters. Still, when Ronni discovers she has a serious illness, she calls her now-adult girls home to fulfill her final wishes. Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy are all going through crises of their own. But as their mother’s illness draws them together to confront old jealousies and secret fears, they discover that blood might be thicker than water after all.

Event attendees should use the Vine Street entrance into the Main Library. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Jessica Strawser, Almost Missed You

Almost Missed You

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.

Almost Missed You is the debut novel of Jessica Strawser, the editorial director of Writer's Digest, and features a story told from three points of view. Violet and Finn Welsh are on vacation in Florida with their 3-year-old son, Bear, when Finn suddenly disappears, taking Bear with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge she never really knew the man she's shared her life with. Meanwhile, longtime friend Caitlin is forced to hide the missing boy under threat of a dark secret being revealed that would destroy her own family.

Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

Friday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m.

Thirteen Reasons Why is the award-winning young adult novel written by author and screenplay writer Jay Asher. It tells the story of shy high school student Clay Jensen, who returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, Asher weaves an intricate tale of confusion and desperation.

J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy

Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

Jamie Ford, Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Saturday, September 30, 2:00 p.m.

From Jamie Ford, the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel inspired by a true story about an orphan boy whose life is transformed when he is raffled off at Seattle’s 1909 World Fair. For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World’s Fair feels like a gift. But only once he’s there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off—a healthy boy “to a good home.” Against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration, Love and Other Consolation Prizes is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion—in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale.

Author Series Details

All events take place in the Main Library’s Reading Garden Lounge and are free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing, courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

For a complete list of Library author events, visit our event calendar.

*Lineup is subject to change.