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.

A look back at many of the great authors we’ve hosted during our Authors at JCPL best-selling author series

Upcoming Authors 2021

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Past Authors 2021

Leah Johnson

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

JCPL is excited to welcome bestselling 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.”

Visit her website
Check out her books
Purchase a copy of her book from Wild Geese Bookshop


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.

Purchase a copy of her book from Wild Geese Bookshop
Visit her website
Check out her books

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.

Purchase a copy of her book from Wild Geese Bookshop
Visit her Facebook page

Program Sponsored by Indiana Humanities.

Past Authors 2020

Brad Thor

Virtual Author Visit
Sun / Jul. 26 / 3 p.m.
Watch Brad Thor's Visit on YouTube

Brad Thor is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty thrillers featuring Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism operative, Scot Harvath.  The first 25 JCPL cardholders who register and attend will receive a copy of his new book "Near Dark". 

Visit his website
Check out his books

David Baldacci--this Event/Author Tour has been CANCELLED

Center Grove High School Auditorium
2717 S Morgantown Rd.
Greenwood, IN 46143

CANCELLED
We apologize for any inconvenience

The Johnson County Public Library is thrilled to welcome David Baldacci in celebration of National Library Week. David Baldacci is the New York Times best-selling author of "Absolute Power" and "Memory Man." The first 100 JCPL cardholders to register and attend will receive a free copy of "Walk the Wire." Meet the author and get your books signed as well! Copies of the author's books will be available for purchase from Barnes & Noble Booksellers. This event is made possible by a donation to the JCPL Foundation.

Visit his website
Check out his books


Lisa See

Branigin Room at Franklin College
Tue / Mar. 10 / 7 p.m.


Lisa See is the New York Times best-selling author of "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" and "Dreams of Joy." The first 50 JCPL cardholders to register and attend will receive a copy of "The Island of Sea Women." Meet the author and get your books signed, as well! Copies of the author's books will be available for purchase through Wild Geese Bookshop. This event is made possible by donations to the JCPL Foundation's Snuggle Up with a Book Ball.

Visit her website
Check out her books

Lisa See

Jennifer Chiaverini

The Sycamore at Mallow Run
7070 West Whiteland Rd., Bargersville
Mon / Mar. 2 / 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.

Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times best-selling author of several acclaimed historical novels including "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker," "Fates and Traitors" and the beloved "Elm Creek" Quilts series. The first 50 JCPL cardholders to register and attend will receive a copy of "Resistance Women." Meet the author and get your books signed as well! Copies of the author's books will be available for purchase through Wild Geese Bookshop. This event is made possible by donations to the JCPL Foundation's Snuggle Up with a Book Ball.

Visit her website
Check out her books

Jennifer Chiaverini