Diana Gabaldon Coming to Jackson District Library in May

Diana Gabaldon, author of the bestselling Outlander series, will be our featured presenter at the 9th annual Word Wise celebration of readers and writers on May 8 and 9.  The public is invited to meet Diana Gabaldon and a number of local authors at an intimate reception that will kick off the two day event on Friday, May 8, from 6 to 8 pm at JDL’s Carnegie Library, 244 W. Michigan Avenue.  Gabaldon will be signing books and reading a selection from her latest work, An Echo in the Bone.  A selection of Gabaldon’s books, as well as other local authors’ works, will be available for sale by Best Books with twenty percent of book sale profits benefitting the library. Celtic music will be provided by the Brass Camerata. Appetizers and beverages will be served. The Word Wise Author Reception on Friday evening is free and open to the public.

The two day event continues on Saturday, May 9, with two writers’ workshops presented by Diana Gabaldon and Beverly Jenkins.   “The Use of Details” is Gabaldon’s topic.  She will talk about how to use details to make a story three-dimensional and vivid, without burying it alive.   Jenkins writes historical romance novels that highlight African American life in the 19th century.  Her workshop, “Research for Writers: Revealing 19th Century African American Life,” will look at sources and techniques to help create a fact-based African American historical. The writers’ workshops run from 9 am to 11:45 pm on Saturday. Registration is required.

Following the workshops, Gabaldon will be the featured speaker at the luncheon segment of Word Wise on Saturday. The luncheon will be served at the First United Methodist Church, 275 W. Michigan, Jackson, directly across the street from JDL’s Carnegie library building beginning at 12:15 pm. Ms. Gabaldon will give the keynote address and answer questions after the repast. Books will be available for sale and signed before and after the luncheon. Registration is required.

As an added treat, Bob Droppleman, pipe major for the Ann Arbor Pipes and Drums, will perform a recital on the lawn at Carnegie.  He will lead a procession from the library to the luncheon site to the tune of “Scotland the Brave” and follow this performance with a short talk on the history of the bagpipe.  He will also provide music during the book signing, wrapping up the day’s events.

The cost of the writers’ workshops and the author lunch is $35 before May 1. The price increases to $40 after May 1. The author lunch is $20 before May 1, after that date the price is $25. Registration is available online at www.myjdl.com or by calling, 517-788-4087 x234. Registration forms are available at all 13 JDL locations.

Diana Gabaldon has written 19 fiction and nonfiction titles, ten of which are published, with her Outlander series topping the New York Times bestseller list. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, the most recent novel in the main Outlander series, opened simultaneously at #1 on the bestseller lists of four countries, and won both a Quill Award and the Corine international literary prize for fiction. Her long and anxiously awaited 7th book of the Outlander series, An Echo in the Bone, will be released in September. A former university professor, Gabaldon holds three degrees in science (Zoology, Marine Biology, and Ph.D in Ecology) ,  resides in Scottsdale, Arizona where she writes and lives with her husband, Doug Watkins; they have three adult children.

Beverly Jenkins has published 21 novels and has received several awards for her works.  She was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American Writers of the 20th Century by AABLC – the nation’s largest on-line African-American book club.  Ms. Jenkins was a librarian before taking up the pen. She lives in the southeastern Michigan area with her husband, Mark Jenkins, and family.

Over the last eight years, Word Wise has brought renowned authors to Jackson such as Elmore Leonard, Judith Viorst, Sue Harrison, Jodi Picoult, Audrey Niffenegger, Harlan Coben, and Elizabeth Berg.

This event is co-sponsored by Jackson District Library, Friends of the Jackson District Library, Country Inn & Suites, Comerica Bank and The Glick Foundation. For more information about Word Wise please contact Elaine Piper, 517-788-4099, x224.  For registration and driving directions, please contact Debby Sears, 517-788-4087 x234.


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