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October - December 2011     VOLUME 15 ISSUE 4
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Festival of Reading Adds Award Winning Authors

This is just the beginning of a very promising year for the NACo award winning Festival of Reading, the area’s premier literary event! From March 26th through the 31st Lake County libraries will host author events and writing workshops with the theme, In the Garden, a delightful mix of fantasy, romance, mystery and history. Friday evening we will host the gala reception for all of our authors in the beautiful new Lady Lake Public Library.

This year we are delighted to host international writers from HarperCollins including New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Deborah Crombie who has garnered tremendous praise and has been nominated for virtually every major mystery award for her piercing police procedurals featuring Scotland Yard detectives. Her books are included in the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century according to the Independent Mystery Booksellers of America. New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd is best known for a series of thirteen novels set in post World War I England. His books have been nominated for the John Creasey Award in the United Kingdom; the Edgar Award, Anthony and Dilys Award. The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association named A Test of Wills one of the 100 favorite mysteries of the 20th Century. Both of these authors will be introducing new works at the festival.

C. S. Challinor was educated in England and Scotland, and has traveled extensively. She is the highly acclaimed author of the Rex Graves cozy mystery series featuring Rex Graves, Scottish barrister-sleuth. “If you’ve missed good, old-fashioned whodunits … this latest Rex Graves mystery (Murder on the Moor) is for you. Contemporary in setting but classic in style and voice, it’ll have you guessing to the very end.” 4 stars from RT Reviews

Welcome to the future of literary horror with YA author J. Gabriel Gates. His first novel, Dark Territory: The Tracks, book 1, is now in stores and his second novel, The Sleepwalkers, is coming out this October. “The Sleepwalkers is one of the best horror novels I’ve ever read… period. -

We will have a special guest appearance by poet Vivian Shipley, a two-time recipient of the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. Two of her books—Gleanings: Old Poems, New Poems and When There Is No Shore—were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. And to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War we are honored to host internationally recognized award-winning maritime writer Robert N. Macomber. His literary awards include an Outstanding Achievement Award for his non-fiction work on Florida’s maritime history, the Patrick Smith Literary Award for Best Historical Novel of Florida, the John Esten Cooke Literary Award for Best Work in Southern Fiction, and the highest national prize in his genre, the American Library Association’s W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction.

Watch for participating authors and the latest news on the Festival of Reading including writing workshops and author events in our libraries.