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Three months. Three best-selling authors. This fall, the Schlow Library Foundation and partners are proud to present Author Spotlight, when three award-winning authors will be visiting State College on three different days.
Jamie Ford begins the series with his visit to Schlow’s Downsbrough Community Room in September. Madeline Miller then comes to Schlow in October. Finally, George Packer will be at the Days Inn on South Pugh Street in November. Book signings and sales, courtesy of Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, follow each event.
Author Spotlight brings new and bestselling authors to the Centre Region. It provides an opportunity to share in the writers’ experiences of creating new worlds and characters that inspire critical thinking, cultivate empathy, and explore new ideas. The authors will leave time for audience questions after each presentation.
Ford’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His second book, Songs of Willow Frost, also was a national bestseller. His latest novel is Love and Other Consolation Prizes. Ford will be at Schlow from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21.
Miller’s first novel, The Song of Achilles, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Timesbestseller. Her second novel, Circe, became a No. 1 New York Timesbestseller and won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Miller will be at Schlow from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 17.
Packer is a journalist, novelist, and playwright. He is best known for his writings in The New Yorker about US foreign policy and for his book, The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq. He also wrote The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, covering the history of America from 1978 to 2012. The book received the National Book Award for Nonfiction. His latest book, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, was released in May 2019. Packer will be at the Days Inn from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, November 4.
“Bringing popular authors to our library stage forges a more intimate link between writer and reader,” says Schlow director Cathi Alloway. “It's a great way to gain insight into the authors' experiences, insights, and wisdom, and to share the joy of reading in a special way.”
All the events are free and open to the public. To ensure seating, register online. Limited seating may be available for walk-ins.
Author Spotlight is sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies at Penn State, Kish Bank, McQuaide Blasko, Schlow Library Foundation, Schreyer Honors College at Penn State, and Webster’s Bookstore & Café. Also with generous support from Nancy Eaton and Fred & Judy Sears.