Visit the Library to meet some of your favorite authors and hear about their life and work!
Meet bestselling travel writer Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, at the Main Library on Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Patricia Schultz has a dream job: traveling the globe and writing about it. She is the author of the international #1 bestsellers, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die. With these works, she has reinvented the idea of travel book as both wish list and practical guide. She was chosen by Forbes as one of the 25 most influential women in travel, and was executive producer of the Travel Channel’s TV show based on her first 1,000 Places book.
In more than 25 years of travel writing, Patricia has never lost her curiosity or passion. “Some people can speed from New York to L. A. without registering a thing,” she writes. “I can walk around my mid-Manhattan block and come home with a carton of milk and stories to tell. In the end, the number of miles covered has nothing to do with the real pleasures of travel—the inherent beauty of the world and the discovery it promises are all around us.”
A book signing will follow her presentation. Copies of her books will be available for sale courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Thanks to our partners, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, the Library is pleased to present bestselling author Khaled Hosseini, who will speak at the Main Library on Friday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m.
In March 2001, while practicing medicine, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner. Published in 2003, his debut went on to become an international bestseller and beloved classic, spending more than a hundred weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. In May of 2007, his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, remaining in that spot for fifteen weeks and nearly an entire year on the bestseller list. Hosseini’s much-awaited third novel, And the Mountains Echoed, will be published on May 21, 2013.
In 2006, Hosseini was named a Goodwill Envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. Inspired by a trip he made to Afghanistan with the UNHCR, he later established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He lives in Northern California.
This event is free and open to the public. This signing portion of the evening is ticketed. Line tickets are free with the purchase of And the Mountains Echoed at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Joseph-Beth Gives Back Program Members receive first-come, first-served access for a limited number of front of line VIP line tickets. Pre-order vouchers for And the Mountains Echoed are on sale at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Line tickets will also be available at the Main Library on the evening of the event. Please note: You must have purchased a copy of And the Mountains Echoed from Joseph Beth to stand in the book signing line.
Most guys would buy the girl they liked candy, flowers, or even a ring. Award-winning writer Ron Tanner bought his girlfriend a house. That house would become the inspiration for his book From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story. Tanner will discuss his book in the Main Library's Reading Garden Lounge on Saturday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m.
In 1999 Tanner met Jill Eicher, and six months later the couple bought a nearly destroyed fraternity house in Baltimore's historic Charles Village. Together, they renovated the Victorian brownstone and, five years later, got married in the house. In 2008, their remarkable rehab work was featured in This Old House magazine in a story titled "From Animal House to Our House." The work is ongoing and can be seen at their website, Houselove.org. Tanner teaches writing at Loyola University in Baltimore, and directs the Marshall Islands Story Project, which aims to preserve the story-telling culture of the Marshallese people. He is also the author of Kiss Me, Stranger: An Illustrated Novel, A Bed of Nails and Nana Gragg's Long Journey Home.
A book signing will follow his presentation. Copies of his books will be available for sale courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers and the Friends of the Public Library. Presented in partnership with the Cincinnati Preservation Association.