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October - December 2010     VOLUME 14 ISSUE 4
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2011 Festival of Reading: Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

Festival of Reading 2011
Judy Buckland

April 2nd through 9th the Lake County Library System will present the Festival of Reading 2011. In response to requests from our many readers, this year’s theme will be Murder, Mystery and Mayhem, including the best of mystery and crime fiction!

The award winning Festival, one of Florida's premier literary events will feature New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey with his latest outrageously funny and supremely twisted wild ride. Tim has published twelve novels in several languages including his latest, Gator A-Go-Go. Sharon Potts wrote her first psychological thriller, In Their Blood, after retiring from the business world. The book was the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award in the Mystery/Suspense Category and has just been awarded the Silver Medal, ForeWord Book of the Year Award / Mystery. Deborah Sharp was a reporter for USA Today for nearly two decades. She traded the sad stories of the news business for her funny Mace Bauer Series, traditional mysteries with a comic, Southern edge. Agatha Christie meets "My Name is Earl." Award-winning novelist H. Terrell Griffin’s Wyatt's Revenge was named National Best Book of The Year (2009) in the mystery/suspense category by USA Book News. The fifth book in the series featuring Matt Royal, Bitter Legacy, is due out this year. Matt has been described by one reviewer as "Travis McGee with a law degree."

Our special guest this year will be James Grippando, the best-selling author of seventeen novels, including the critically acclaimed "Jack Swyteck" series. James writes compulsively readable thrillers that could be drawn from today's headlines, only better. His novels are enjoyed worldwide in twenty-six languages. His first job out of law school plunged him headlong into death penalty cases. That experience was an inspiration for his debut novel, The Pardon, a legal thriller that critics heralded as a “bona fide blockbuster.” James is also the author of Leapholes—a book written for young adults, which was a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award. Money to Burn, the latest in the Jack Swyteck series will be released in time for the festival.

Watch for more authors and the latest news on the Festival of Reading including writing workshops, author events and the Author Reception with the hugely successful Silent Auction, this year in beautiful Mount Dora.

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