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Join us for a relaxed meet-and-greet for master of thriller stories John Gilstrap! Bring a friend and your questions for an evening of discussion with the author - and be sure to pick up a copy to get signed! John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of Scorpion Strike, Final Target, Friendly Fire, Against All Enemies, End Game, High Treason, Damage Control, Threat Warning, Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Nathan’s Run, At All Costs, Even Steven, Scott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. In addition, John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. He is contracted to write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom. A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life, John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of explosives, hazardous materials, and fire behavior. John lives in Fairfax, VA.
Please join your favorite Fountain booksellers and author Ken Woodley as he discusses his book The Road to Healing. The book outlines his role in bringing about reparations in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Be sure to bring plenty of questions! Ken Woodley was a journalist for 36 years at The Farmville Herald in Prince Edward County, Virginia, the final 24 years as editor. Unknown to Woodley, the community had been ground zero for white opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board decision of 1954. Rather than integrate classrooms, Prince Edward County shut down its entire public school system from 1959 to 1964, a policy the newspaper had passionately advocated. Woodley spent his entire career lending his voice, and his deeds, to the journey of racial healing and reconciliation in the community. In 2003, he proposed what Julian Bond would describe as the first civil rights-era reparation in U.S. history. Woodley led the triumphant fight for a state-funded scholarship program for those who'd been left with little or no formal education because of Massive Resistance to Brown. In 2006, the Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter, presented Woodley with its prestigious George Mason Award for lasting contributions to journalism.
North Courthouse Road Library - Chesterfield County Public Library
New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys will discuss her award-winning books as part of the Chesterfield County Public Library author series. The highly acclaimed young adult author has written three historical fiction book novels, including her most recent book “Salt to the Sea,” an international bestseller which received the Carnegie Medal for best children’s writing. Sepetys will share her experience as an author, including what inspired her to begin writing. A book sale and signing will follow the program. Registration is required and begins Sunday, June 30. For more information or to register, call (804) 751-CCPL (2275) or visit library.chesterfield.gov. Members of the Friends of Chesterfield County Public Library will get priority seating and may register to attend a pre-event reception and book signing (separate registration required). Fountain Bookstore is the bookseller for this event. Event Type(s): General Interest Age Group(s): For Kids and Families, For Teens CCPL (804)[masked] Ruta Sepetys (Rūta Šepetys) is an internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a “crossover” novelist as her books are read by both students and adults worldwide. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is renowned for giving voice to underrepresented history and those who experienced it. Her books have won or been shortlisted for over forty book prizes, are included on over thirty state reading lists, and are currently in development for film and television. Ruta is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. Born in Michigan, she was raised in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. Ruta is passionate about the power of history and story to foster global dialogue and connectivity. She has been invited to present at NATO, European Parliament, the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and Embassies worldwide. She was awarded The Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Bellagio Fellowship for her studies on human resilience. The New York Times Book Review declared, “Ruta Sepetys acts as champion of the interstitial people so often ignored—whole populations lost in the cracks of history.” Ruta was bestowed the Cross of the Knight of the Order by the President of Lithuania for her contributions to education and memory preservation and was recently honored with a postage stamp containing her image. She is extremely proud to be of Baltic heritage, even if that means she has a name no one can pronounce. Ruta lives with her family in the hills of Tennessee.
Meet author Adam O'Fallon Price and listen to a chat about his upcoming multi-generational thriller, The Hotel Neversink! Told by an unforgettable chorus of Sikorsky family members--a matriarch, a hotel maid, a traveling comedian, the hotel detective, and many others--The Hotel Neversink is the gripping portrait of a Jewish family in the Catskills over the course of a century. With an unerring eye and with prose both comic and tragic, Adam O'Fallon-Price details one man's struggle for greatness, no matter the cost, and a long-held family secret that threatens to undo it all. Praise for The Hotel Neversink: The Hotel Neversink is an astounding literary feat--a murder mystery, a ghost story, a century-spanning family history, and a standup routine all in one, with dramatic variety to rival any Catskills floor show. Adam O'Fallon Price writes with the blackly comic energy of Philip Roth or Lorrie Moore, packing ten novels' worth of narrative into this compact knish of a book. I wolfed it down in a couple of bites.--J. Robert Lennon, author of BROKEN RIVER (BROKEN RIVER was a Fountain staff pick!) ADAM O'FALLON PRICE was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Knoxville, Tennessee. He received an MFA from Cornell University, where he taught writing. His fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, The Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, EPOCH, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in Carrboro, NC.