WPH Authors at JCPL


Authors at JCPL
is a program series that brings popular and award-winning writers from around the country right here to Johnson County, thanks to generous donations to The Johnson County Public Library Foundation. If you would like to help ensure that great programming like this continues at JCPL, please consider making a donation.

Upcoming Authors 2022

Craig Johnson

Thu  Jul 7  6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The Historic Artcraft Theatre
57 N. Main St., Franklin
Tickets will be available beginning Mon | May 16 | 9 a.m. via Eventbrite

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JCPL is excited to welcome Craig Johnson, the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery novels to our Authors at JCPL series! The first 100 JCPL cardholders to register and attend will receive a free copy of "Daughter of the Morning Star". Copies of the author's books will also be available for purchase from Wild Geese Bookshop

Johnson has written 18 books, two novellas, and many short stories featuring the Longmire character. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction and his novel "Spirit of Steamboat" was selected by the Wyoming State Library as the inaugural One Book Wyoming title. 

The books also inspired the "Longmire" TV show, which was the highest-rated original drama series on A&E before moving to Netflix. Johnson grew up in Huntington, WV, and attended college at Marshall University, but now lives in lives in the tiny town of Ucross, Wyoming (population 25) with his wife.

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Craig Johnson

Kathy Reichs

Fri • July 8 • 6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Franklin College's Branigin Room in the
 Napolitan Student Center
Registration opens May 20 at 9 a.m. via Eventbrite
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JCPL welcomes The New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Kathy Reichs to our Authors at JCPL series. The first 100 JCPL cardholders to register and attend will receive a copy of her new book "Cold, Cold Bones." Meet the author and get your books signed, as well! Copies of the author's books will also be available for purchase from Wild Geese Bookshop.

Dr. Reich’s popular mystery novels featuring the character Temperance Brennan were developed into “Bones,” a long-running TV series for Fox that was loosely based on the author’s life. Dr. Reichs has written more than 20 novels, including the Temperance Brennan series, several novellas, and the Virals series which she co-authored with her son Brenden.

As a forensic anthropologist, Dr. Kathy Reichs has brought her own lived experiences to her captivating forensic thrillers and also served as a producer for the “Bones” television series. A Chicago native, Dr. Reichs splits her time between Charlotte, N.C., and Montreal, Québec.

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*Please contact Kelly Staten (kstaten@jcplin.org or 317-738-9835) with accessibility or interpretive needs.

Kathy Reichs
Photo Credit: Marie-Reine Mattera

Past Authors 2022

Jennifer Weiner

Wed  May 11  6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Come early to enjoy a beverage at the cash bar before the program begins.
The Sycamore at Mallow Run
7070 Whiteland Rd, Bargersville, IN 46106

JCPL is excited to welcome New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner to our Authors at JCPL series! The first 100 JCPL cardholders to register and attend will receive a free copy of "The Summer Place". Meet the author and get your books signed, as well! Copies of the author's books will also be available for purchase from Wild Geese Bookshop.

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 18 books, including "Big Summer", "Mrs. Everything", "Good in Bed", and an essay collection, "Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing". A graduate of Princeton University, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia.

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Jennifer Weiner
Photo Credit: Andrea Cipriani Mecchi

Tahereh Mafi

Virtual Author Visit and Conversation with Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs
Sat • Feb. 5 • 1 p.m. • via Zoom
Registration has closed

JCPL is excited to welcome New York Times bestselling and National Book Award nominated author Tahereh Mafi to our Authors at JCPL series! She is the author of sixteen novels for children and teens including the Shatter Me series, "A Very Large Expanse of Sea", "An Emotion of Great Delight" and her forthcoming young adult fantasy novel. The first 25 JCPL cardholders who register and virtually attend will receive a signed copy of her new book "This Woven Kingdom"

Mafi was born in Connecticut and now resides in southern California with her daughter and her husband Ransom Riggs, who is also a writer and best known for the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series. Join us for a live, virtual event as she discusses "This Woven Kingdom", the explosive first book in a new epic, romantic fantasy trilogy inspired by Persian mythology. Ransom Riggs will be joining her for the event and the conversation!

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Tahereh Mafi
Ransom Riggs
Photo Credit: Tahereh Mafi
A look back at many of the great authors we’ve hosted during our Authors at JCPL bestselling author series:

Past Authors 2021

Leah Johnson

Virtual Author Visit
Thu / Jul. 15 / 6 p.m. / via Zoom

JCPL is excited to welcome best-selling author Leah Johnson to our Authors at JCPL series! Leah Johnson was born and raised in central Indiana and her debut novel, “You Should See Me in a Crown,” was the inaugural Reese’s Book Club YA pick, a Stonewall Honor Book, Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2021 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten Selection. Leah is a 2021 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow whose work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Refinery29 and Teen Vogue. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

“Rise to the Sun” is the second novel by central Indiana native Leah Johnson. Packed with irresistible romance and irrepressible heart, “Rise to the Sun” is a stunning novel about being brave enough to be true to yourself and learning to find joy even when times are unimaginably dark. The first 40 JCPL cardholders to register and virtually attend the event will receive a signed copy of Leah Johnson’s new book, “Rise to the Sun.”

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Shelley Shepard-Gray

Virtual Author Visit
Tue / Jun. 8 / 6 p.m. / via Zoom

JCPL is excited to welcome Shelley Shepherd Gray, the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of several Amish and Contemporary Romance novels, including the Berlin Bookmobile series and the Bridgeport Social Club series. She currently lives in Colorado Springs and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two young adults and always has a dachshund by her side. 

The first 40 JCPL cardholders to register and virtually attend the event will receive a signed copy of Shelley Shepherd Gray’s new book, “An Amish Surprise.” This event is made possible by a donation to the JCPL Foundation.

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Shelley Shepard Gray

Axton Betz-Hamilton

Virtual Author Visit
Wed / Apr. 7 / 6 p.m. / via Zoom

Axton Betz-Hamilton is the author of "The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets and Stolen Identity," which received the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. A Portland, Indiana native, she graduated from Jay County High School, where she was a member of the Academic and Speech Teams. She earned a B.S. in agricultural economics and an M.S. in consumer sciences and retailing, both from Purdue University. Currently, she is an assistant professor of consumer affairs at South Dakota State University. The first 25 JCPL cardholders who register and virtually attend will receive a copy of the book.

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Program Sponsored by Indiana Humanities.