Mentor Public Library Author Series

Thrity Umrigar, Paula McLain, Dan Chaon, and Mindy McGinnis will be speaking at Mentor Public Library this year.

Thrity Umrigar, Paula McLain, Dan Chaon, and Mindy McGinnis will be speaking at Mentor Public Library this year.

Mentor Public Library is hosting five phenomenal authors this year:

The authors vary in style and topic but are alike in their excellence. And we’re fortunate to host them.

Thrity Umrigar

Thrity Umrigar

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.

Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon’s newest novel, Ill Will, has received reverent reviews from NPRThe New York Times, and The Washington Post. (The Post called it “the scariest novel of the year.”)

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

Mindy McGinnis

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.

She’ll read from her latest work—Given to the Sea, the first in an epic fantasy series—and discuss her writing process on Tuesday, June 20, at our Main Branch. Q & A to follow afterward.

Paula McLain

Paula McLain

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 also writes poetry and published Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, a memoir about her childhood in the foster system.

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.

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