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Library announces Spring 2013 Authors! Authors! lineupThree powerful authors – a Caribbean novelist and double PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction nominee, an American historian specializing in United States presidents and Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the final appearance, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former New York Times columnist, are all scheduled for the 2013 Spring Authors! Authors! series presented by The Blade and arranged by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. This series is now in its 19th year as an exciting community event.
The 2013 Spring series is scheduled to kick-off on Thursday, March 28 in the McMaster Center of Main Library, 325 Michigan St., with Jamaica Kincaid, a Caribbean novelist born in St. John’s in Antigua. The award-winning novelist, receiver of the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award and others, has written works that are known to be loosely autobiographical. Her 1984 work At the Bottom of the River and her 1995 work The Autobiography of My Mother were both nominated for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
Following Kincaid’s appearance is the next Authors! Authors! date scheduled Thursday, April 18 – also in the McMaster Center at Main – with an American historian who specializes in United States presidents, Richard Norton Smith. Mr. Smith’s first major book, Thomas E. Dewey and His Times, was a finalist for the 1983 Pulitzer Prize. He has also written An Uncommon Man: The Triumph of Herbert Hoover, The Harvard Century: The Making of a University to a Nation and Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation. In June 1997, Houghton Mifflin published Mr. Smith’s The Colonel: The Life and Legend of Robert R. McCormick, which received the prestigious Goldsmith Prize awarded by Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School.
On Wednesday, May 8 in the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen, is scheduled. She is the author of five bestselling novels, including One True Thing, Rise and Shine, and Black and Blue, and seven non-fiction books, including Living Out Loud, and How Reading Changed My Life. Her New York Times column “Public and Private” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. From 2000-2009, she wrote the “Last Word” column for Newsweek. Ms. Quindlen will be unable to sign books after her talk.
All three authors will appear at 7 p.m. on their respective dates/locations. Tickets for these appearances are $10 per person, $8 for students. Tickets are available for purchase at all Toledo-Lucas County Public Library locations beginning this Friday, March 8 and are limited in quantity.
“Year after year, the Blade and the Library bring you the best in contemporary authors and writers,” said Library Director Clyde Scoles. “We are proud to welcome these three powerful, accomplished authors to Toledo and look forward to seeing everyone for another great season.”
Each program features an hour-long speech and a question-and-answer session presented by the featured author. Authors! Authors! welcomes bestselling authors to Toledo as they discuss their books and careers, answer questions, and sign books. (NOTE: For the 2013 Spring series, Anna Quindlen will be unable to sign books after her talk). Books provided by Barnes & Noble will be available for purchase at each program. Past Authors! Authors! presenters have included Mary Higgins Clark, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Terry McMillan, David Gergen, and John Updike.
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