Mentor Public Library is hosting five phenomenal authors this year:
- Thrity Umrigar on April 15
- Dan Chaon on May 17
- Mindy McGinnis on June 20
- Claire McMillan on July 26
- Paula McLain on Nov. 15.
The authors vary in style and topic but are alike in their excellence. And we’re fortunate to host them.
Award-winning and best-selling novelist, journalist and essayist Thrity Umrigar will headline our National Library Week celebration with a special talk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, at our Main Branch.
Umrigar is best known for her novels like The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of Heaven, and The World We Found where memorable characters struggle with issues involving class, loss, sexism, immigration and, most of all, family.
Her newest story and first picture book, When I Carried You in my Belly, is a mother’s song to her daughter. It is illustrated by Ziyue Chen and was released April 4. It will be available for sale and signing after Umrigar’s talk.
His Among the Missing was a National Book Award finalist and his short stories have also won the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Award.
Chaon will read from and discuss Ill Will on Wednesday, May 17, at our Main Branch.
Mindy McGinnis is a bestselling YA author who has scribed vigilante justice stories, post-apocalyptic survival tales, and Gothic historical thrillers.
She’s also a librarian so our love for her is deserved, but not completely objective.
Paula McLain likes to tell the stories of fascinating and nearly forgotten women in her novels, whether it be Ernest Hemingway’s wife Hadley Richardson in The Paris Wife or aviation pioneer Beryl Markham in Circling the Sun.
She’s visiting us on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at our Main Branch.
All of these talks/readings are free and open to the public. But space is limited so we do ask that you register beforehand. You can RSVP by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.