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July 7, 2012

Karin Slaughter to Appear at Barnes & Noble Bookfair to Benefit Gwinnett County Public Library

Karin Slaughter, bestselling author and library advocate, will appear after a Curious George themed storytime for Barnes and Noble’s two-day Bookfair to benefit the Gwinnett County Public Library on Saturday, July 7th.  Customers at the Norcross store can browse, enjoy stories, and sign-up for the library’s Summer Reading Program, as well as benefit the library with their purchases during the fair.

The Karin Slaughter book talk and signing will take place at 3pm, while the fundraising portion of the bookfair will take place from 9am on Saturday through 8pm on Sunday.  The Curious George character visit and story time will be at 11am on Saturday morning.

Customers who specifically mention the library while checking out at this location anytime during the fundraiser can ensure that a percentage of their purchase goes to benefit the library.

“We are very grateful that Karin is such a vocal and caring advocate for libraries,” says Gwinnett County Public Library Executive Director Nancy Stanbery-Kellam.  “Barnes and Noble has presented us with a fantastic opportunity to reach customers who want to support us while enjoying a day of fun for the whole family.”

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of twelve thrillers, including Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, and Faithless.  She is a native of Georgia and a dedicated supporter of public libraries. Karin will discuss and sign her new book, Criminal, at this event cosponsored by Barnes & Noble and Gwinnett County Public Library.

For more information about ways to support the library and other library events, please visit www.gwinnettpl.org, call (770) 978-5154,or find Gwinnett Library on Facebook, Twitter, or Google.

Start: July 7, 2012 3:00 pm
End: July 7, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: Barnes and Noble @ The Forum
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5155 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross, GA, United States, 30092

June 14, 2012

“Meet the Author” Presents Jeffery Deaver

Gwinnett County Public Library is pleased to host Jeffery Deaver at the Norcross Cultural Arts and  Community Center on Thursday, June 14th at 7pm.  Deaver’s newest thriller, XO, is his third novel featuring heroine Kathryn Dance, to be released on June 12th in time for the book chat and signing.

A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, two collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book.  His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including The New York Times, The Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Los Angeles Times. His novel, The Bone Collector, was made into a film starring Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, and Queen Latifa.

“We know that Deaver fans will be as excited as we are to have him as part of our Meet the Author series this summer,” says Gwinnett County Public Library Executive Director Nancy Stanbery-Kellam.  “His sophisticated, bestselling thrillers have had wide appeal in our county for some time now, so this gives fans and aspiring writers the opportunity to get to know the man behind the books!”

This event is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase and signing from Eagle Eye Bookshop.

For more information about library events, please visit www.gwinnettpl.org, call (770) 978-5154, or find Gwinnett Library on Facebook, Twitter, or Google.

Start: June 14, 2012 7:00 pm
End: June 14, 2012 8:30 pm
Venue: Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center
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10 College Street, Norcross, GA, United States, 30071

June 1, 2012

Eat at Sonic to Support your Summer Reading Program!

Note:  You must mention the library to your server for the donation to be credited properly!

Start: June 1, 2012
End: August 31, 2012
Venue: All Gwinnett County Sonic Restaurants

May 25, 2012

John Smoltz to Appear at Gwinnett County Public Library’s Meet the Author Series Event at Coolray Field

John Smoltz will appear at the Gwinnett Braves Stadium for a Gwinnett County Public Library Meet the Author Series special event on Friday, May 25th 2012. Smoltz will be available to sign copies of his book, Starting and Closing: Perseverance, Faith and One More Year, for baseball fans and readers alike from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

John Smoltz, former starter and closer for the Altanta Braves, is an 8-time All Star and Cy Young award winner, and World Series champion, who is now an active sportscaster.  The Atlanta Braves will be retiring Smoltz’s number 29 in June of this year.

“It’s wonderful that the library can help welcome back John Smoltz as he begins a new chapter in his amazing career, this time as a bestselling author,” says Gwinnett County Public Library Executive Director Nancy Stanbery-Kellam.  “We love when we can bring both history and new beginnings to our community in unexpected places.  Hosting John Smoltz at Coolray Field allows us to be right where the action happens, with our customers in the moment.”

This event is free for ticket holders of Friday’s game.  Books will be available for purchase at the stadium and a percentage of books sales will benefit the library.  Books purchased at this event will be signed and personalized. 

Please do not bring pre-purchased books or memorabilia to the stadium.  Memorabilia signing will not be offered at this event.

For more information, please visit www.gwinnettpl.org, call (770) 978-5154, or find Gwinnett Library on Facebook, Twitter, and Google.

Start: May 25, 2012 6:00 pm
End: May 25, 2012 7:30 pm
Venue: Coolray Field
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One Braves Avenue, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30043

April 17, 2012

Meet the Author Series to Feature Landscape Expert Jane Bath at Gwinnett Tech’s Annual Spring Plant Sale

Gwinnett County Public Library’s Meet the Author Series to Feature Landscape Expert Jane Bath at Gwinnett Tech’s Annual Spring Plant Sale

Lawrenceville, GA – April 17th, 2012

Gardening enthusiasts are invited to meet Jane Bath, one of Georgia’s premier landscape designers, on Tuesday, April 17th.  Jane will share her expertise on new landscaping areas and those planning renovations.  A book signing for her bestseller The Landscape Design Answer Book will take place from 9am -11am, followed by a complimentary lecture and questions from the audience at 11am – 12pm.

Jane has over 25 years of landscape design experience at over 4,000 sites including residential, commercial, retail sites, and public gardens.  She is the former owner of Land Arts Nursery of 18 years,  Won Best in Atlanta (various categories) by Atlanta Magazine twice, and has written articles or been quoted as a resource by  the AJC, and Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.  She has been a guest speaker at The Callaway Gardens Winter Symposium St. Louis Arboretum, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Georgia State Botanical Garden Symposium, Atlanta Historical Society, Georgia Native Plant Society, Georgia Green Industry Symposium, South Carolina Trade Show, Ohio State Trade Show, Charleston Botanical Society, and many Master Garden and Garden Clubs.  In addition, Southern Living Magazine included a full spread on her garden ‘Jane Bath is a Born Gardener,’ and she has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens with some of her projects.  She has also appeared in videos made for distribution on TV.

This event will take place at Gwinnett Technical College, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 in building 600, room 104.  Books will be available for sale and signing.  The plant sale will take place from 9am- 4pm at the Gwinnett Tech Greenhouse, adjacent to the 600 building.  For more information about library events, please visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call (770)-978-5154.

Start: April 17, 2012 9:00 am
End: April 17, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: Gwinnett Technical College
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5150 Sugarloaf Parkwa, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30043
Cost: Free

February 26, 2012

An American Girl Doll Tea Party

The Friends of the Gwinnett County Public Library to Host  An American Girl Doll Tea Party Featuring an American Girl Series Author Visit

Duluth, GA – Sunday, February 26th at  2pm- 4pm

Evelyn ColemanEvelyn Coleman, the award winning author of several American Girl Doll books including the Addy series mystery titled Shadows on Society Hill will join guests and their dolls at the Historic Strickland House in Duluth on February 26th from 2-4pm.  This fundraiser benefits the Gwinnett County Public Library. The adult/child ticket price of $15 includes tea and pastries, a book discussion with the American Girl Doll book series author, one autographed copy of the American Girl book Shadows on Society Hill, and a free tour of the Duluth Historical Society Museum.  There will also be a raffle for American Girl doll, clothes, books, and other items.

Ms. Coleman’s work has received an Edgar nomination for Best Juvenile Mystery, the Distinctive Children’s Literature Award, and The Black & Latino National Teachers of English Award.

Tickets for this fundraiser event are $15.00, which include admission for one adult with one child, and additional guests are $10.00 each.  Each child with a guest ticket will receive one autographed copy of the American Girl book Shadows on Society Hill. Seating is limited.  The event will take place at the Historic Strickland House located at 2956 Buford Hwy in Duluth, Ga.

This event is sold-out, tickets are no longer available.

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Start: February 26, 2012 2:00 pm
End: February 26, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: Historic Strickland House
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2956 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA, United States, 30096

February 15, 2012

Georgia Gwinnett College in Partnership with Gwinnett County Public Library present Lauren Willig, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Pink Carnation Series

Lawrenceville, GA – February 15, 2012

Lauren Willig, the New York Times Bestselling author of the Pink Carnation Series will appear at Georgia Gwinnett College on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 as part of the Gwinnett County Public Library’s Meet the Author series. Fans are invited to celebrate the release of Lauren Willig’s ninth book
in the series, Garden Intrigue, available in stores February 16, 2012.

Lauren Willig, a Yale educated Harvard Graduate School and Law School graduate, is best known for the New York Times Bestselling Pink Carnation series. Willig, who began a PhD in English History, completed the first book in the series, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, while working on her doctorate and received her first book contract during her first month of law school. She went on to complete the second and third installments of the series during her second and third years, but after a brief stint as a litigator at a large New York law firm, she gave up law in order to become a full time author. Since then, her books have hit the New York Times list, been nominated for a Quill Award, featured regularly on the American Library Association’s annual “best of” list, and won the Booksellers’ Best, RITA, and Golden Leaf awards.

The reception for the author starts at 6pm, followed by a book chat and signing at 7pm.

The event will take place in the Student Center LVIS room at Georgia Gwinnett College and is free and open to the public. Books in the Pink Carnation series will be available for signing and purchase.

Start: February 15, 2012 6:00 pm
End: February 15, 2012 8:00 pm
Venue: LVIS Room, Student Center, Georgia Gwinnett College
Phone: 770-978-5154
Address:
1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30043

February 9, 2012

“Lunch & Listen” Series Luncheon with New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner

Gwinnett County Public Library Proudly Announces New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner Will Appear at the February 9th “Lunch & Listen” Series Luncheon

EVENT SOLD OUT – February 3, 2012

Lawrenceville, GA – Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 1:00pm- 2:30pm

Lisa Gardner

On February 9th the Gwinnett County Public Library will host an upscale weekday luncheon with New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels Lisa Gardner as she embarks on her national book tour to promote her newest novel Catch Me.

Lisa’s detective D. D. Warren novels include The Neighbor, Hide, and Alone.   Her FBI Profiler novels include Say Goodbye, Gone, The Killing Hour, The Next Accident and The Third Victim. Two of her books were on the NYT Bestseller List at the same time in 2010 and a movie based on her novel Hide will premier on Turner Broadcasting’s TNT network in December 2011.

Catch Me, Gardner’s latest work, will be released the same week as the library’s February 9th event.   The author will read from the book, followed by a Q&A session, a delicious lunch, and then an onsite book-signing session with the author.  Proceeds from luncheon will support the Gwinnett County Public Library systems author events and other popular literary programs.

The “Lunch & Listen” series is a new way to bring authors and readers together, providing the ultimate food for thought with a wide range of authors — from bestselling mystery writers, to award-winning regional novelists to nonfiction and cookbook authors.

Seating is limited and tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 per person by calling 770.978.5154, by visiting your local library branch, or online at www.gwinnettpl.org.   Tickets at the door will be $15.  Books will be available for purchase during the luncheon thanks to Eagle Eye Books of Decatur.  Doors open at 12:30pm.

The luncheon will take place at and in partnership with Garden Plaza in Lawrenceville, off of Route 316 at 230 Collins Industrial Way in Lawrenceville.  For more information email:

events@gwinnettpl.org.

Start: February 9, 2012 1:00 pm
End: February 9, 2012 2:30 pm
Venue: Garden Plaza
Phone: 770-978-5154
Address:
230 Collins Industrial Way, Lawrenceville, GA, United States

January 26, 2012

Gwinnett County Public Library’s Meet the Author Series Hosts Carolyn McKinstry, Survivor and Civil Rights Activist

Suwanee, GA -January 26, 2012

The Gwinnett County Public Library is proud to host Carolyn McKinstry, survivor of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15th, 1963. A native of Birmingham, Alabama and a lifelong member of the church, Carolyn McKinstry was present when Klan members bombed the church, killing four of her young friends. The bombing, which shook the community as well as the nation, was a defining experience for McKinstry, and began her life as a Civil Rights activist. Her book, While the World Watched : a Birmingham bombing survivor comes of age during the civil rights movement, offers a rare, personal account of the Civil Rights movement as it progressed both nationwide and within her life. McKinstry will be speaking about her book at the Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library on January 26th, 2012 at 6pm.

McKinstry has shared her experiences with the History and Discovery Channels, The Faith & Politics Institute, The U.S. States Memorial Holocaust Museum, The First Center of Nashville, CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Life Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, national and local Public Radio, and numerous other organizations and academic institutions. Recent invitations include international appearances in India and Italy. She has also been a consultant and participant in the Spike Lee HBO Documentary “Four Little Girls”, the Hallmark television movie “Sins of the Father,” the documentary “We Shall Not Be Moved,” and the HBO Grammy winning “Children’s March.”

This event is part of the “Meet the Author” program hosted by the Gwinnett County Public Library. “Meet the Author” is an ongoing series that makes beloved, influential, and dynamic authors accessible to Gwinnett County residents. The McKinstry event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Start: January 26, 2012 6:00 pm
End: January 26, 2012 8:00 pm
Venue: Suwanee Branch
Phone: 770-978-5154
Address:
361 Main Street, Suwanee, GA, United States, 30024-2233

October 27, 2011

Meet the Author Series: Marianne Walker

Gwinnett County Public Library Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Gone with the Wind with Author Marianne Walker

Gwinnett County Public Library is excited to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the southern classic Gone with the Wind featuring guest lecturer Marianne Walker.  Marianne Walker is the author of the book Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone with the Wind, a carefully researched exploration about the making of this legendary story and how the relationship between Margaret Mitchell and her husband influenced one of the most beloved masterpieces of romantic historical fiction.

The book chat and signing will take place at the Collins Hill branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library on Thursday, October 27th at 7pm. This event is cosponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book, and is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

For more information, please visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call (770)-978-5154.
Start: October 27, 2011 7:00 pm
End: October 27, 2011 8:00 pm
Venue: Collins Hill branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library
Phone: (770)-978-5154
Address:
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455 Camp Perrin Road, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30043