The Dr. Audrey Lavin 'Speaking of Books' Author Series

Join us for our fourth season of The Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series at the Canton Palace Theatre. In keeping with our mission to foster community engagement, the Speaking of Books Author Series brings acclaimed writers to Stark County who inspire lively discussion and – at times – challenging conversation while exemplifying literary excellence. 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.

Join the conversation—discover more and register for these free one-of-a-kind evenings before space runs out.

Read 'Rebound' by Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander

Poet and NYT Bestselling Author

Monday, November 16 | 6:30 pm
LIVE Online

The poet and NYT bestselling author of 32 books writes for children of all ages. He’ll join us to discuss his work, including the highly celebrated The Crossover, The Undefeated, and Rebound.
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Previous Speakers

Read 'A dirt road to somewhere' by Romona Robinson

Romona Robinson

Emmy Award-Winning Anchor and Author

Thursday, February 20 | 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

Robinson shares her inspirational journey from a poverty-stricken town in Missouri to becoming one of the most respected and admired journalists in northeast Ohio in her memoir A Dirt Road To Somewhere.
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Read 'Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction' by Elizabeth Vargas

Elizabeth Vargas

Emmy Award-winning journalist and Author

Thursday, September 12 | 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

In her memoir, Between Breaths, Vargas bravely discusses how alcoholism and an anxiety disorder have affected her life and career, and why she chose to publicly share her struggle with the disease and her ongoing recovery.

Presented in partnership with Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery with Support from Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Comm Quest, Coleman Professional Services, Phoenix Rising, and Kent State University Stark.

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'Beautiful Boy' by David Sheff

David Sheff

Award-Winning Author

Wednesday, October 30 │ 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

Take a raw look into the world of addiction, relapse and recovery— through the eyes of a parent watching their child spiral out of control in Beautiful Boy. It is also this year’s One Book, One Community Stark selection.
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Read 'Spaceman : an astronaut's unlikely journey to unlock the secrets of the universe' by Mike Massimino

Mike Massimino

American Astronaut and NYT Bestselling Author

Tuesday, April 2 | 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

Massimino chronicles his journey from a six-foot-three Long Island kid afraid of heights to a two-time veteran of NASA space flights on the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. Massimino and his crews traveled faster (Mach 26) and higher (350 miles) than any other astronauts in the 21st century.
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Read 'Behold The Dreamers' by Imbolo Mbue

Imbolo Mbue

Bestselling Author and 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award Winner

Thursday, February 7 | 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

Imbolo Mbue is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Behold the Dreamers, which shares the different experiences of two families during the 2008 financial crisis. Her debut novel was the winner of multiple awards, chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection, and named Best Book of the Year by close to a dozen publications.
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Read 'Delicious!' by Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl

Author, Food Critic and Top Chef Master Judge

Thursday, October 25 | 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

Ruth Reichl is one of the most recognizable voices in the culinary world. She’s an American chef, food writer, co-producer of PBS's Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS's Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth, and was the last editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. She’s delighted readers with bestsellers like Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table and Comfort Me with Apples. She is also Stark County’s One Book, One Community selection for 2018.

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Read 'Learning to Scramble' by Bernie Kosar

Bernie Kosar

Legendary quarterback and author of Learning to Scramble

Wednesday, September 19 | 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

Bernie Kosar earned a Super Bowl ring with the Dallas Cowboys in 1993, after leading the Cleveland Browns to two AFC Championship games. His book is an unvarnished and completely authentic account of an extremely talented man’s ability to not only learn from his mistakes but to evolve and develop new ways of approaching life. It’s a distillation of what can be done with just a little more time and a little more opportunity – all you can accomplish when you learn to scramble.
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Read 'Dreamland' by Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones

Award-Winning Journalist Explores the Opiate Epidemic

Monday, April 2 | 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

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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Read Titles by Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber

NYT Bestselling Inspirational Novelist Visits for Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 14 | 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

#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.
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Read 'Thirteen Reasons Why' by Jay Asher

Jay Asher

Author of Netflix Original & NYT Bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why

Tuesday, November 14 | 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

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.
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Read 'Rudy: My Story' by Rudy Ruettiger

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger

Inspiration for the 1993 Blockbuster Film RUDY

Tuesday, October 24 | 6:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger 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 is also Stark County’s One Book, One Community selection for 2017.

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Read 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' by Garth Stein

Garth Stein

Tuesday, April 11 | 6:30–8:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

Garth discusses his bestselling book The Art of Racing in the Rain, the writing process, and more. He’s the author of three other novels: including his latest, A Sudden Light. The Art of Racing in the Rain is the contemporary classic narrated by the beloved canine character, Enzo. It's sold 6 million copies, been translated into 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list.
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Read 'I Almost Forgot About You' by Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan

Wednesday, February 15 | 6:30–8:00 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

#1 New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan fell in love with books as a teenager while working at the local library. She studied journalism at UC Berkeley and screenwriting at Columbia before making her fiction debut with Mama, which won both the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction Award and the American Book Award. She lives in Pasadena, California.
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Read 'Gaining Ground' by Forrest Pritchard

Forrest Pritchard

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 6:30–8:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

Forrest Pritchard is a seventh generation farmer and New York Times bestselling author. His book, Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmer's Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm, was named a top read by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and NPR’s The Splendid Table. Forrest is also this Stark County’s One Book, One Community selection for 2016.
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Read 'Thunder Dog' by Michael Hingson

Michael Hingson

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 6:30–8:30 pm
Canton Palace Theatre

On September 11, 2001, a blind man escaped the World Trade Center by walking down 78 flights of stairs with his guide dog. America fell in love with Michael and his dog Roselle and the special bond that helped them both survive one of the country’s darkest days.

Michael Hingson is now a world renowned speaker, social advocate, and New York Times bestselling author.
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Who is Dr. Audrey Lavin?

This series is named in honor of Dr. Audrey Lavin, our own local “celebrity” author, a globe-trotting academic, a champion of writers, and a tireless supporter of the Library.

She has shown unwavering support for the library mission as a Friends of the Library volunteer and by serving on the Library's foundation for many years. Her commitment to the Library, education, and the art of writing makes her the perfect inspiration for this collection of acclaimed authors.

Dr. Audrey Lavin