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Make a Star-Studded Autumn Reading List, Then Meet the Stars

Jeanne Peloquin
Aug 8, 2016


Best-sellers tend to be best-sellers for a reason- they inspire, tell a classic story with a new twist, turn perspective on its head, or grip the reader with mystery, suspense, and action. For those reasons and many more, E. Lockhart, Cheryl Strayed, Garth Stein, and Anne Perry are best-selling authors, and all four will speak and sign autographs at the Columbia County Library in September and October 2016.

In preparation for their visits, I recommend a best-sellers reading list that will get you ready for these author visits. Click the date for reservations to the author talk and book signing, or click the link in the description to reach the author's works in the PINES system.

E. Lockhart • Thursday, September 15 • 7:00 pm

E. Lockhart is the pen name for author Emily Jenkins, she has written young-adult novels, adult fiction, and picture books, but she is best known for her YA work. Her novel We Were Liars won the Peach Award for 2015-2016, and that’s a great place to start. See Lockhart's works and place hold here.

Cheryl Strayed • Thursday, October 6 • 7:00 pm

Cheryl Strayed is an icon for forging your own way and being true to yourself. She is best known for her memoir Wild, which follows her 1,100 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to the Oregon-Washington border and tells the story of the personal struggles that compelled her to take the hike. Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of essays from Strayed’s “Dear Sugar” advice column, and it is moving and motivational. If fiction is more your speed, try Strayed’s novel Torch. See Strayed's works and place holds here.

Garth Stein • Thursday, October 20 • 7:00 pm

The Art of Racing in the Rainwas on the New York Times best-sellers list for more than 156 weeks. It’s easy to see why when you start reading this story of Enzo, and his journey to understand what it means to be a person. I know, that’s a little vague, but read it for yourself and you’re sure to fall in love. Stein’s first novel, Raven Stole the Moon, draws on his Tlingit native American ancestry, and his newest work A Sudden Light, contrasts a family’s struggles with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. See Stein's works and place holds here.

Anne Perry • Thursday, October 27 • 7:00 pm

Anne Perry is a prolific author of primarily historical detective fiction with over 80 books to her name. Because of the breadth of her works, it may be hard to choose where to start. I’m going to pick a book or two from her two best-known series which feature Thomas Pitt or William Monk. I may even pick one of each. Both Pitt and Monk are detectives in Victorian England, with Monk’s stories taking place in about 35 years before Pitt’s. See Perry's works and place holds here.

Whether or not you finish this star-studded reading list, don’t miss seeing, hearing, and meeting these authors. You’ll be entertained and inspired.