Authors at JCPL

Authors at JCPL is a new program series that brings popular and award-winning writers from around the country right here to Johnson County.

Stay tuned for upcoming authors!

Past Authors 2018

Poets Laureate

Poets Laureate Tracy K. Smith (U.S.) and Adrian Matejka (IN) to Visit

Franklin Branch
Fri / Sep. 7 / 12 p.m.

The first 20 JCPL cardholders to register and attend the program will receive one of the poets' books.

Copies of the poets' books will be available for purchase from Wild Geese Bookshop.

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Tracy K. Smith

Adrian Matejka

Kelsey Timmerman

New York Times best-selling author to speak

White River Branch
Mon / Aug. 20 / 6-8 p.m. 

Kelsey Timmerman is the New York Times best-selling author of the popular “Where Am I?” series, including “Where am I Giving?”his latest book. Join Kelsey as he talks about his global travels to discover just where our food and clothes are from, who actually makes them and how best to “think globally and act locally.” This entertaining author talk will be followed by a book discussion of "Where Am I Eating?"

The first 10 JCPL cardholders to register and attend the program will receive a copy of "Where Am I Giving?" Wild Geese Bookshop will be on site selling additional copies of his new book, or you can pre-order his titles here and pick them up at the event.

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Kelsey Timmerman Author Visit

Linwood Barclay

#1 Internationally Best-Selling Thriller Author to Visit!

Franklin College - Custer Theatre (in Old Main on the corner of Branigin and Monroe Streets)
101 Branigin Blvd.
Franklin, IN 46131
Fri / Jul. 27 / 7 p.m.

Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen thrillers including "No Time for Goodbye" and the epic "Promise Falls" trilogy. This visit to Franklin, IN will be just his third appearance of his North American book tour. Early reviews for this new novel are exciting with the king of thrills and chills himself, Stephen King, calling him a "suspense master."

The first 100 JCPL cardholders to reserve a seat to attend this event will receive a signed copy of Linwood's new novel, "A Noise Downstairs" available on July 24. Barnes & Noble will be on site selling additional copies of "A Noise Downstairs" as well as other titles by Linwood Barclay.

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Dorothea Benton Frank

Meet the New York Times Best-selling Author during a Cocktail Hour and Chat

The Garment Factory Events
Fri / Jun. 8 / 7 p.m.

7-8 p.m. Cocktail Hour
8 p.m. Author Chat

Dorothea is The New York Times best-selling author of 17 novels including "Sullivan's Island," "The Land of Mango Sunsets," "The Last Original Wife," "All The Single Ladies" and "Same Beach Next Year." She was born and raised on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. Now, she divides her time between the New York area and the Lowcountry. She is an avid cook and enjoys fly-fishing, reading and traveling.

Dorothea will share about her books, past and present, and we'll get to know a little about who she is and how she writes. The first 100 JCPL cardholders to reserve seats will receive a signed copy of her new book, "By Invitation Only." Books will also be available for purchase. We hope you'll stay to meet her during the book-signing.

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author Dorothea Benton Frank

Victoria Aveyard

New York Times Best-selling Author of "Red Queen" to Visit

Clark-Pleasant Middle School
Sat / May. 19 / 1 p.m. 

Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the "Red Queen" series. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies.

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Francesca Zappia

Clark-Pleasant Middle School
Sat / May. 19 / 1 p.m.
 
Joining Victoria on tour is Francesca Zappia, author of the popular "Eliza and Her Monsters". The Indianapolis native was named Emerging Author Award Winner of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award for 2017. When she is not writing, she’s drawing her characters, reading, or playing video games. She is also the author of "Made You Up" and Eliza Mirk’s favorite, "The Children of Hypnos," a biweekly serial novel posted on Tumblr and Wattpad.  


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Francesca Zappia

Edward Kelsey Moore

New York Times Best-selling Author and Cellist to Visit 

White River Branch
Sat / Apr. 21 / 3 p.m. 

Edward Kelsey Moore is The New York Times best-selling author of "The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues" and "The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat.” He is a professional cellist who has performed with acclaimed orchestras including Chicago Sinfonietta, the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra and the Chicago Philharmonic. His award-winning essays and short fiction have appeared in The New York Times and a number of literary magazines, including Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, African-American Review and Inkwell. Readers will enjoy the Indiana ties in Moore’s work.

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Lisa Scottoline

New York Times Best-selling Author to Speak at Franklin College

Franklin College, Branigin Room (Student Center)
Thu / Apr. 12 / 7 p.m.

Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times best-selling author of 30 novels including “Exposed,” “One Perfect Lie,” “Keep Quiet,” “Think Twice” and “Dirty Blonde.” Scottoline’s novels are known for their emotional, warm and down-to-earth characters which resonate with readers. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit.” She has served as president of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice and Fiction” at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater.

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Lisa Scottoline

Past Authors 2017

Adrian Matejka

Authors at JCPL Kickoff Event!
Pulitzer Prize & National Book Award finalist

Franklin Branch
Saturday, April 29, 2017
1:00 p.m.

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His collection of poems, "The Big Smoke" (Penguin, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. "The Big Smoke" was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His new book, "Map to the Stars," was published by Penguin in March 2017.

This program is supported by a Novel Conversations grant from Indiana Humanities.

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Kristy Cambron

INSPY-nominated author of The Ringmaster's Wife and The Illusionist's Apprentice

Clark Pleasant Branch
Thursday, June 15, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Kristy Cambron has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of "The Ringmaster’s Wife," named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists for 2014 & 2015, and received a 2015 INSPY Awards nomination for best debut novel. "The Illusionist’s Apprentice" (HarperCollins, 2017) is her fourth novel.

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Karin Slaughter

New York Times-bestselling author of thrillers you can't put down

Franklin College, Branigin Room
Thursday, August 10, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Karin Slaughter is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 36 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her sixteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as, the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novel Pretty Girls. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her Will Trent series, Grant County series and standalone novel Cop Town are all in development for film and television.

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Salina Yoon

Beloved children's author of Penguin & Pinecone, Duck, Duck, Porcupine, and many more!

White River Branch
Saturday, August 19, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Salina Yoon is the author and illustrator of over 160 books for children. As the Kohl’s Cares featured author for summer 2016, seven of her books (nearly 1 million units), and four plush animals based on her characters, were sold nationwide in Kohl’s stores. She is the author and illustrator of the six-book Penguin picture book series that begins with "Penguin and Pinecone," the creator of the the picture book series featuring Bear, that includes "Found," "Stormy Night," and "Bear's Big Day" (Bloomsbury), and the early reader series beginning with "Duck Duck Porcupine" (Bloomsbury).

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Salina Yoon