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

Join us this fall for our second season of The Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series. In keeping with our mission to Share Smart by fostering 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. ngs planned at the Canton Palace Theatre. 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 '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 '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 Titles by Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber

NYT Bestselling Romance Author 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 'Dreamland' by Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones

Award-Winning Journalist Explores the Opiate Epidemic

Thursday, April 5 | 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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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
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