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Thirteen Reasons Why Author Jay Asher Visits Stark County for Library’s Speaking of Books Author Series

October 25, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – Join Stark County District Library this fall for the next installment of the new Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series, which brings acclaimed writers to Stark County who inspire lively discussion and community conversation while exemplifying literary excellence. The 2017-2018 season includes four special evenings planned at the Canton Palace Theatre.

New York Times bestselling author Jay Asher will join us at the Canton Palace Theatre on November 14 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the writing process. His debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, offers a realistic and at times scary look at suicide while sharing the story of Hannah, a young woman whose suicide is slowly made sense of via a series of tapes sent to a classmate.

The novel became a #1 New York Times bestselling young-adult fiction novel and has sold more than one million copies in the US alone. It won several awards, received five stars from Teen Book Review and in 2017, was released as a successful Netflix original series. He also wrote What Light and co-authored The Future of Us.

Marianna DiGiacomo, Director of Community Services, is pleased to welcome Asher as a speaker. “Jay’s writing addresses topics that our youth are facing, like the impact of suicide and bullying, with sensitivity and thought provoking realism. We’re excited to learn more about his creative process and how he writes such complex characters,” said DiGiacomo.

This new series launch is one of the Library’s newest innovations to help Stark County “Share Smart” as part of its reimagining as The Smart Store®. It is named for Dr. Audrey Lavin, a local “celebrity” author, a globe-trotting academic, a champion of writers, and a tireless supporter of the Library.

Each bestselling author will speak about their book, followed by a wide-ranging question and answer session. The evening will end with a book signing and Friends of the Library volunteers will have copies available for purchase if you don’t yet own a copy.

Reserve your free seats to any of the author events at starklibrary.org/SpeakingofBooks.

The complete 2017-2018 season schedule includes:

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger”
Tuesday, Oct 24 | 6:30 p.m.
The lead off author for this year’s series was Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who defied the odds with 27 seconds of greatness in his story of fierce determination. In 1993, his story was immortalized in the hit movie Rudy. He is now a renowned motivational speaker and focused on strengthening communities by offering scholarships in education, sports and the arts. He was also Stark County’s One Book, One Community selection for 2017.

Jay Asher
Tuesday, November 14 | 6:30 p.m.
Asher's debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, became a #1 New York Times bestselling young-adult fiction novel. It won several awards, received five stars from Teen Book Review and in 2017, was released as a successful Netflix original series. He also wrote What Light and co-authored The Future of Us.

Debbie Macomber 
Wednesday, February 14 | 6:30 p.m.
#1 NYT bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the bestseller list with twelve hitting the #1 spot. She was the inaugural winner of the Quill Award for romance in 2005 and has been awarded both a RITA and a lifetime achievement award by the Romance Writers of America.

Sam Quinones
Monday, April 2 | 6:30 p.m.
Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed narrative nonfiction books. His most recent book addresses America’s opiate epidemic. He was selected as a 2008 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot prize and is a 1998 recipient of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship.

 

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