Hampton Sides, Photo by Sergio Salvador
Hampton Sides, Photo by Sergio Salvador
The Sanibel Public Library announces its 2018-19 Author Series lineup. For more than a decade, the Library, partnering with the Sanibel Public Library Foundation, has connected local readers to award-winning authors by bringing in high caliber writers for an intimate evening, followed by a champagne reception. Past guests include Joyce Carol Oates, Sue Monk Kidd, Jodi Picoult, Clive Cussler, Lee Child, Dennis Lehane, Amor Towles, Erik Larson, and Margaret Atwood.

“We’re excited to show off the beautiful newly-reimagined space as we wrap up on the renovation project. The area where we will stage the Author Series is modular, and was designed to easily convert from book shelves to a place to accommodate an audience,” Library Executive Director Margaret Mohundro said. Patrons should have better line-of-sight during the author evenings, as well as improved sound quality, and better traffic flow during the receptions.”

This season’s Author Series begins with Hampton Sides — the New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldier and Blood and Thunder. Sides will speak at the Sanibel Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Online ticket requests begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 at www.sanlib.org.

Hampton Sides is best-known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories set in wartime or depicting expeditions of discovery. His most recent, In the Kingdom of Ice, recounts the heroic polar voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette during the Gilded Age. His next book, On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle, chronicles the Battle of Chosen Reservoir, a watershed moment of the war. On Desperate Ground will hit bookshelves in fall of 2018.

Hampton is editor-at-large for Outside and a frequent contributor to National Geographic. His 2010 book, Hellhound On His Trail is about the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and the international manhunt for assassin James Earl Ray. The book was the basis for the PBS “American Experience,” documentary, Roads to Memphis.

Ghost Soldiers, a bestselling World War II narrative, which has been translated into a dozen foreign languages, was the basis for the 2005 film, The Great Raid. His Blood and Thunder, about the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson, is currently under development for the screen.

The next speaker in the Library’s Author Series is Lily King. Her first novel, The Pleasing Hour won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book. Her second, The English Teacher, was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year, a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the Maine Fiction Award. Her 2010 novel, Father of the Rain, was a New York Times Editors Choice, and a Publishers Weekly Best Novel of the Year.

King's novel, Euphoria, won the Kirkus Award for Fiction 2014, the New England Book Award for Fiction 2014, and was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Awards. Euphoria was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review. It was included in TIME’s Top 10 Fiction and the Amazon Best Books lists of 2014.

King will be speaking at the Library on Tuesday, February 12. Ticket requests will be accepted online at sanlib.org for 24 hours, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan.12.

Back by popular demand! Library patrons have been clamoring for a Scottoline encore since she spoke at the 2010 Sanibel Public Library Author Series. Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 31 novels, including her 2018 work, After Anna. She also writes a humorous weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit.” These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been collected in a bestselling series of humorous memoirs including their 2018, I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses, and earlier books, I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool; I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places; Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?; Have a Nice Guilt Trip; Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim; My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space; and Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, which has been optioned for TV. Scottoline’s Author Series evening will be held at the Library on Tuesday, March 5. Ticket requests will begin at 9 a.m. on February 5 and run for 24 hours.

Major funding for the Author Series is provided by the Sanibel Public Library Foundation, Inc. and its generous donors. “We’re thrilled with this year’s lineup, it continues to be a pleasure for the Foundation to support Author Series,” said Ken Nirenberg, Foundation President. For more information about the Foundation or to make a donation, call 472-2483 or visit online at www.sanlib.org.

The Sanibel Public Library will continue to utilize a “lottery system” ticketing procedure to meet high demand and to ensure as many as possible have the opportunity to attend an Author Series event. Requests for Author Series tickets may be made at the Library’s website beginning on the dates listed (one month prior to each Author Evening). Names of those requesting tickets will be selected at random, and then be notified by email. Requests made before or after that time will not be honored. Tickets are distributed at no charge to Sanibel Public Library cardholders; one card per person; two tickets per card. Tickets must be requested online at www.sanlib.org. If you are unable to access the online form or if you would like assistance using the online form, the Library will have personnel and a computer set aside for your use.

Patrons need to have a current library card before requesting tickets. Library cards are available to Sanibel and Lee County residents at no charge. Visitor cards may be obtained for a $10 annual fee.