June 2017

What’s New · Main Library Author Series

Visit the Main Library to meet bestselling authors and hear them discuss their lives and work!*

Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

Friday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m.

Thirteen Reasons Why is the award-winning young adult novel written by author and screenplay writer Jay Asher. It tells the story of shy high school student Clay Jensen, who returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, Asher weaves an intricate tale of confusion and desperation.

The Walnut and Vine Street entrances into the Main Library will open at 6:30 p.m. After 7 p.m., only the Vine Street entrance will be open.

For more resources on teen suicide prevention and related events, visit this page.

J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy

Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

J.D. Vance will sign books for a very limited time after his presentation. The Walnut and Vine Street entrances into the Main Library will open at 6:30 p.m. After 7 p.m., only the Vine Street entrance will be open.

Jamie Ford, Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Saturday, September 30, 2:00 p.m.

From Jamie Ford, the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel inspired by a true story about an orphan boy whose life is transformed when he is raffled off at Seattle’s 1909 World Fair. For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World’s Fair feels like a gift. But only once he’s there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off—a healthy boy “to a good home.” Against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration, Love and Other Consolation Prizes is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion—in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale.

Author Series Details

All events take place in the Main Library’s Reading Garden Lounge and are free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing, courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

For a complete list of Library author events, visit our event calendar.

*Lineup is subject to change.