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Sanibel Public Library Announces 2017-18 Author Series

By Staff | Oct 2, 2017

Amor Towles

The Sanibel Public Library is thrilled to announce its 2017-18 Author Series lineup. The Library, partnering with the Sanibel Public Library Foundation, Inc., is celebrating more than a decade of success in bringing high caliber, best-selling authors to the Library. Past guests of the series include Joyce Carol Oates, Sue Monk Kidd, Jodi Picoult, Clive Cussler, Lee Child, Dennis Lehane, Frances Mayes, Erik Larson, and Margaret Atwood.

Due to the Your Library Reimagined remodel project, this season’s Author Series events will be held at the Sanibel Community House and Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.

This season’s Author Series begins with Amor Towles -New York Times bestselling author of “Rules of Civility” and “A Gentleman in Moscow.” Towles will speak at the Sanibel Community House at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. The Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way. Online ticket requests begin 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29 via Sanibel Public Library’s website at “http://www.sanlib.org”>www.sanlib.org.

Towles graduated from Yale College and received a Master of Arts in English from Stanford University. His first novel, “Rules of Civility,” was a New York Times bestseller and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2011. The book has been translated into 15 languages, its French translation receiving the 2012 Prix Fitzgerald. In the fall of 2012, the novel was optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film. Towles’s second novel, “A Gentleman in Moscow,” was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 20 weeks in hardcover and was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR. The book is being translated into over 20 languages including Russian. Having worked as an investment professional for more than two decades, Towles now devotes himself fulltime to writing, in Manhattan.

The next speaker in the Library’s Author Series is Christina Baker Kline. Her most recent New York Times bestseller “A Piece of the World” (2017), is about the relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his best-known painting, “Christina’s World.” Kline has written six other novels – “Orphan Train,” “Orphan Train Girl,” “The Way Life Should Be,” “Sweet Water,” “Bird in Hand,” and “Desire Lines.” Her 2013 novel “Orphan Train” spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at No. 1, and was published in 40 countries. In addition to her novels, Kline has commissioned and edited two widely praised collections of original essays on parenthood, “Child of Mine” and “Room to Grow,” and edited a book on grieving, “Always Too Soon.” She is coeditor of a collection of personal essays called “About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror,” and is co-author, with her mother, Christina Looper Baker, of a book on feminist mothers and daughters, “The Conversation Begins.” Her writings have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, and Psychology Today. Christina Baker Kline will be speaking at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 2050 Periwinkle Way, on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Ticket requests will be accepted online at sanlib.org for 24 hours, starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8.

Christina Baker Kline

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe writes environmental fiction, exploring the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between nature and life. Monroe has received numerous awards, including several Readers’ Choice Awards; the 2014 South Carolina Book Festival Award for Excellence in Writing; the 2015 SW Florida Book Festival Distinguished Author Award; and the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing. Most recently, Monroe was named by the South Carolina Academy of Authors as a 2018 inductee of the Literary Hall of Fame. Her novel “A Lowcountry Christmas” won a 2017 Southern Book Prize in fiction, awarded by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA). In 2011, her novel “The Butterfly’s Daughter” won the International Book Award for Green Fiction. Her 2017 “Beach House for Rent” debuted at No. 9 on the combined “e-book and print” list for the New York Times Best Sellers List. The “Beach House” will be adapted into a Hallmark Channel Hall of Fame Movie, starring Andie MacDowell and premiering on the network in 2018. Mary Alice Monroe’s Author Series event will be held at the Sanibel Community House on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Ticket requests will begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 6, and run for 24 hours.

Major funding for the Author Series is provided by the Sanibel Public Library Foundation, Inc. and its generous donors. For more information about the Foundation or to make a donation, call 472-2483 or visit online at www.sanlib.org.

The Sanibel Public Library will continue to utilize a “lottery system” ticketing procedure to meet high demand and to ensure as many as possible have the opportunity to meet the authors and attend an Author Series event. Requests for Author Series tickets may be made at the Library’s website beginning on the dates listed (one month prior to each Author Evening). Names of those requesting tickets will be placed in a lottery and selected at random, and then be notified by email. Requests made before or after that time will not be honored. Tickets are distributed at no charge to Sanibel Public Library cardholders; one card per person; two tickets per card. Tickets must be requested online at www.sanlib.org. If you are unable to access the online form or if you would like assistance using the online form, the Library will have personnel and a computer set aside for your use.

Patrons need to have a current library card before requesting tickets. Library cards are available to Sanibel and Lee County residents at no charge. Visitor cards may be obtained for a $10 annual fee.

Mary Alice Monroe