Join Karin Slaughter in-conversation with Jackie Cooper to celebrate libraries and discuss Karin’s latest standalone novel, FALSE WITNESS.

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Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe, her twenty-one novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated COP TOWN and the instant New York Times bestselling standalone novels PRETTY GIRLS, THE GOOD DAUGHTER and PIECES OF HER. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novel PIECES OF HER is in development with Netflix, and the Grant County and Will Trent series are in development for television.

Jackie Cooper is an American author and film critic. He is the host of the Jackie K. Cooper Show, an entertainment review television show broadcast weekly on Com South and Progressive Tel cable networks in the Middle Georgia area. He is also one of the founders of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Jackie lives Perry, Georgia, and is the author of 7 books of memoirs and short stories.

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Gabriel Allon is back in action and New York Times best-selling author Daniel Silva will talk about his newest mission in The Cellist with Joe Meyers.

The fatal poisoning of a Russian billionaire sends Gabriel Allon on a dangerous journey across Europe and into the orbit of a musical virtuoso who may hold the key to the truth about his friend’s death. The plot Allon uncovers leads to secret channels of money and influence that go to the very heart of Western democracy and threaten the stability of the global order.

The Cellist is a breathtaking entry in Daniel Silva’s “outstanding series” (People magazine) and reveals once more his superb artistry and genius for invention—and demonstrates why he belongs “firmly alongside le Carré and Forsyth as one of the greatest spy novelists of all time” (The Real Book Spy).

Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely SpyThe Mark of the AssassinThe Marching SeasonThe Kill ArtistThe English AssassinThe ConfessorA Death in ViennaPrince of FireThe MessengerThe Secret ServantMoscow RulesThe DefectorThe Rembrandt AffairPortrait of a SpyThe Fallen AngelThe English GirlThe Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, House of Spies, The Other Woman, The New Girl, and The Order.  He is best known for his long-running thriller series starring spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Silva’s books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas.

Joe Meyers is director of programming for Focus on French Cinema, the five day festival held each spring in Greenwich, Stamford and New York City. He also co-hosts the Spotify podcast, ‘Now a Major Motion Picture!’

For more than 30 years Meyers was an arts writer and film reviewer for the Hearst newspapers in Connecticut. Meyers also managed (and programmed) the first art house and repertory movie theater in Delaware, the Lewes Cinema.

In 2012 Meyers received the Ellery Queen Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his feature writing and reviewing involving crime fiction.

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The Westport Library and Barnes & Noble are partnering to bring Liv Constantine to Westport for an in-person event. Meet the authors when their newest thriller, The Stranger in the Mirror comes out!  For more information.

A diabolically twisty, psychologically unsettling novel about a woman with no recollection of her past. Addison’s about to get married, but she’s not looking forward to the big day. It’s not her fiancé; he’s a wonderful man. It’s because Addison doesn't know who she really is. A few years ago, a kind driver found her bleeding next to a New Jersey highway and rescued her. While her physical wounds healed, Addison’s memory never returned. She doesn’t know her real name. Or how she ended up injured on the side of a road. Or why she can’t shake the notion that she may have done something very, very bad . . .

In a posh home in the Boston suburbs, Julian tries to figure out what happened to his loving, caring wife, Cassandra, who disappeared without a trace two years ago. She would never have left him and their seven-year-old daughter Valentina of her own free will—or would she?

As these two lives intersect, The Stranger in the Mirror hooks readers with riveting drama, told with Liv Constantine’s hallmark blend of glamour, tense psychological thrills, and jaw-dropping twists.

Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Together, they are the bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. ParrishThe Last Time I Saw YouThe Wife Stalker, and The Stranger in the Mirror (coming July 2021). Their critically acclaimed books have been praised by USA TodayThe Sunday TimesPeople Magazine, and Good Morning America, among many others. Lynne and Valerie are national and international bestselling authors and their books have been translated into 28 languages, are available in 33 countries, and are in development for both television and film.

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Meet Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman, authors of RED DECEPTION, their latest installation in the Red Hotel series.

This is a virtual launch, please register. You can also purchase a bookplate signed copy.

When terrorists bomb bridges across the country and threaten the Hoover Dam, the vulnerability of America’s infrastructure becomes a matter of national security. But Dan Reilly, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, predicted the attacks in a secret State Department report written years earlier – a virtual blueprint for disaster that was somehow leaked and is now in the hands of foreign operatives. 

With Washington distracted by domestic crises, Russian President Nicolai Gorshkov sends troops to the borders of Ukraine and Latvia, ready to reclaim what he feels is Russia’s rightful territory. Tensions in Europe threaten to boil over as a besieged American president balances multiple crises that threaten to upend the geopolitical order.  With the U.S. at the mercy of an egomaniacal leader, and reporters and covert agents on his tail, Reilly may be the one man who can connect the dots before an even bigger catastrophe unfolds. 

Blending career insight with first-hand knowledge of global politics, Fuller and Grossman have once have drawn a chilling portrait of the fragile fault lines in Europe and the players poised to seize power. The importance of protecting America’s critical infrastructure has rarely been so powerfully depicted.

Ed Fuller is a hospitality industry leader, educator and best-selling author, and President of Irvine, California-based Laguna Strategic Advisors, a global consortium that provides opportunities and business consulting services.

Gary Grossman is the author of EXECUTIVE ACTIONS and the sequel EXECUTIVE TREASON, is a print and television journalist, an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, and a film and TV historian. His career has included stints producing for NBC News, ABC, CBS NBC, Fox, PBS, and more than 27 cable networks. Grossman is also a partner at Weller/Grossman Productions, a prolific documentary and service and information television production company.

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USA Today bestselling author Cate Holahan’s new thriller HER THREE LIVES, follows a family that must discover who the real enemy is after a violent home invasion breaks their trust in one another. The author will discuss her technology-based thriller with local writing teacher Judith Marks-White.

Jade Thompson is an up-and-coming social media influencer, she has a beautiful new home and a successful architect for a fiancé and seems to have it all. But there’s trouble behind the scenes. To her husband Greg’s children, his divorce from their mother and his new life can only mean a big mid-life crisis. To Jade, her husband’s suburban Connecticut upbringing isn’t an easy match with her Caribbean roots.
A brutal home invasion leaves Greg house-bound with a traumatic brain injury and glued to the live feeds from his ubiquitous security cameras. As the police investigate the crime and Greg’s frustration and rage grow, Jade begins to wonder what he may know about their attackers. And whether they are coming back.  As Greg watches Jade’s comings and goings, he becomes convinced that her behavior is suspicious and that she’s hiding a big secret.  The more he sees, the more he wonders whether the break-in was really a random burglary. And whether he’s worth more to Jade if he were dead.

If you missed this event, you can watch the recording here.

Catherine "Cate" Holahan is the USA Today bestselling author of  THE WIDOWER'S WIFE, LIES SHE TOLD, DARK TURNS and ONE LITTLE SECRET. An award-winning journalist and former television producer, her articles have appeared in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Record newspaper, and on many web sites. She is a member of The Author's Guild, Sisters-in-Crime, and Crime Writers of Color. She is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in New Jersey.

Judith Marks-White began writing as soon as she could hold a pen. Having earned her publishing stripes at Time Inc., she went on to work as a columnist for Connecticut’s Westport News where her award-winning essays column, "In Other Words".  Her articles and feature stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and newspapers throughout the country and she has been involved in  creative writing programs and conducts a series of writing workshops. Judith wrote two novels: Seducing Harry and Bachelor Degree and is the recipient of numerous writing awards from various organizations.

 “Starts with a bang and never lets up. If you think you’ve got this one figured out - think again.”

Liv Constantine, international bestselling  author of The Last Mrs. Parrish 

“Recommended for anyone who enjoys Paula Hawkins or Gillian Flynn, primarily because it’s better.”

Library Journal

 “Holahan keeps the suspense high…until the surprising denouement.”

Publisher’s Weekly

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Join Jonathan Maberry and Christopher Golden for an evening of thrilling talk about the authors' newest books.

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Order your bookplate signed copy of Ink.
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From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry comes a standalone supernatural thriller Ink, about a memory thief who feeds on the most precious of dreams.
Tattoo-artist Patty Cakes has her dead daughter’s face tattooed on the back of her hand. Day by day it begins to fade, taking with it all of Patty’s memories of her daughter. All she’s left with is the certainJonathan Maberry_Author Photo_Credit to Sara Jo West

knowledge she has forgotten her lost child. The awareness of that loss is tearing her apart. All through the town of Pine Deep people are having their most precious memories stolen. Something is out there. Something cruel and evil is feeding on the memories, erasing them from the hearts and minds of people. Ink is the story of a few lonely, damaged people hunting for a memory thief. When all you have are memories, there is no greater horror than forgetting.

JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator, and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.

In bestselling author Christopher Golden's supernatural thriller Red Hands, sometimes a story is a warning. Sometimes the warning comes too late.
A car plows through the crowd at a July 4th parade. The driver climbs out, sick and stumbling, reaching out…and everyone he touches drops dead within seconds. Maeve Sinclair watches in horror as people she loves begin to die and she knows she must take action. But in the aftermath of this terror, it’s Maeve who possesses that killing touch. Fleeing into the mountains, struggling with her own grief and confusion, Maeve faces the dawning realization that she will never be able to touch another human being again.

Whoever finds Maeve Sinclair first will unravel the mystery of her death touch, and many are willing to kill her for that secret. But as Maeve searches for a hiding place, hunted and growing sicker by the moment, she begins to hear an insidious voice in her head, and the yearning, the need… the hunger to touch another human being continues to grow.

Christopher Golden_Credit Shivohn Kacy FlemingCHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA’s Best Books for Young Readers. His original novels have been published in fourteen languages in countries around the world.




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Bestselling authors Rea Frey and Hank Phillippi Ryan will discuss their newest books and the business of writing with Westport blogger Suzanne Leopold. Hear their journeys of navigating the publishing world.
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Rea FreyRea Frey is the author of Not Her Daughter and Because You're Mine. She is also the Founder and CEO of Writeway, where aspiring writers become published authors. To learn more, visit or

Until I Find You, celebrated author Rea Frey brings you her most explosive,
emotional, taut domestic drama yet about the powerful bond between mothers and children…and how far one woman will go to bring her son home. "Completely captivating, utterly compelling a must read!" - Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of The Two Lila Bennetts

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Hank Phillippi Ryan is USA Today bestselling author of 12 thrillers, winning five Agathas Hank Phillippi Ryanand the Mary Higgins Clark Award. The WHDH-TV investigative reporter has also won 37 EMMYs. Her previous novel, The Murder List,  is an Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee. Her brand new thriller is the psychological standalone The First to Lie--the Publishers Weekly starred review says "Stellar. Ryan could win her sixth Agatha for this one."

The First to Lie will have readers wondering: How far would you go to get what you want--and how deeply would you betray your family to get it? After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know—she isn’t the only one plotting her revenge.

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Suzanne Leopold is the creator of which is her website for sharing book reviews. Her platform is active across many social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where she has accumulated over ten thousand followers. She is also the founder of where she aggregates her community of bloggers across social media platforms to support authors with book launches.

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