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Author Series @ Lakeland Public Library

Wiley Cash | Crystal Wilkinson | Jamie Ford | Therese Anne Fowler

Upcoming Author Series Events


Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m. 

         Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than HomeThis Dark Road to Mercy, and The Last Ballad 

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 Wiley Cash is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind Than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. He currently serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m. 

       Crystal Wilkinson, author of Birds of Opulence

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Crystal Wilkinson is the award-winning author of The Birds of Opulence (winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence), Water Street and Blackberries, Blackberries. Nominated for both the Orange Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, she has received recognition from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Arts Council, The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and is a recipient of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including most recently in the Oxford American and Southern Cultures.  She currently teaches at the University of Kentucky where she is Associate Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program. She had her partner, poet and artist Ron Davis, own Wild Fig Books & Coffee which is located in the North Limestone neighborhood in Lexington.

Thursday, August 15, 7 p.m.

      Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Songs of Willow Frost, and Love and Other Consolation Prizes

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Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer, Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. His debut, 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, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into 35 languages. (He’s still holding out for Klingon, because that’s when you know you’ve made it). His latest novel is Love and Other Consolations Prizes.

Thursday, October 17, 7 p.m.

     Therese Anne Fowler, author of A Well-Behaved Woman and Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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Therese Anne Fowler is the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and the forthcoming A Well-Behaved Woman (10/16/2018). Her work is available in multiple languages and in more than twenty countries. Z has been adapted as an original television series for Amazon Studios, starring Christina Ricci. A Well-Behaved Woman is in development with Sony Pictures Television. Therese earned a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing, both from NC State University. A proud member of Phi Beta Kappa and PEN America, she lives in Raleigh, NC, with her husband, author John Kessel.

The Serena Bailey Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 2003 by Dr. Jane Carver Holmes, to enhance and support the Lakeland Public Library. For more information, contact Brenda J. Patterson at 863-834-4276 or send e-mail to Brenda.Patterson@lakelandgov.net

The programs and events at the Lakeland Public Library are free and open to the public. There are no reservations for performances at Lakeland Public Library. It is open seating. Doors open 30 minutes before the program begins. For more information, call Brenda J. Patterson at 863-834-4276 or send e-mail to Brenda.Patterson@lakelandgov.net.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statute, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, or those requiring language assistance (free of charge) should contact the City of Lakeland ADA Specialist, Jenny Sykes.  Because providing a reasonable accommodation may require outside assistance, the City asks that any request be made with as much notice as possible; preferably five (5) business days, but no less than two (2) business days, in advance of the event, at: (863) 834-8444, Email: Jenny.Sykes@lakelandgov.netIf Deaf or Hard of Hearing, please contact the TDD numbers: Local – (863) 834-8333 or 1-(800) 955-8771 (TDD – Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or the Florida Relay Service number: 1-(800) 955-8770 (VOICE), for assistance.