2022 Author Series

Announcing the Delaware County District Library 2022 Author Series

Coming Soon: NYT Bestselling Author Neal Shusterman!

Learn more about Neal Shusterman

2022 Visiting Authors

The 2022 author series is presented thanks to our valued partners:

Friends of the Delaware County District Library logo    Beanbag Books

Delaware County Historical Society   Delaware City Schools

Meet the Authors

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R. Gregory Christie

February 11 and 12 @ Orange Branch Library | Free

R. Gregory Christie is an NAACP Image Award winner and was the artist for the United Postal Services’s “Kwanzaa Stamp” in 2013. He has done everything from designing John Coltrane album covers to animating films on Netflix. His work has earned Caldecott Honor Awards, Coretta Scott King Honors, and awards from The New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Museum of Tolerance.

Christie offers family-friendly lectures on art, diversity, and literature. His engaging educational programs allow audiences to find a love for books. He has been a guest speaker at conferences and libraries and teaches after school art programs all over the planet. You can explore many of the books that he has illustrated at your Delaware County District Library. Mr. Christie also owns Gas-Art Gifts; once an actual brick & mortar store, now it is strictly online. Browse the artist’s bookshop for signed books, art pieces, and stationary.

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Sara Nisha Adams

February 22 via Zoom | $10-$15

Join the Friends of DCDL for a virtual “Tea @ Two” author visit via Zoom with author Sara Nisha Adams. We’ll discuss her novel The Reading List, an “uplifting and tenderhearted celebration” (BookPage, starred review) that lays bare the healing power of community, friendship, and worlds spun onto the page. The event is limited to the first 95 registrants; the cost is $10 for Friends members and $15 for non-members. You can also order a box of treats to enjoy with your teatime book discussion from Fresh Start Cafe and Bakery.

Ms. Adams is a writer and editor. She lives in London and was born in Hertfordshire to Indian and English parents. Her debut novel The Reading List is partly inspired by her grandfather, who lived in Wembley and immediately found a connection with his granddaughter through books.

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Terri Libenson

April 9 @ Delaware Main Library | Free

Terri Libenson (pronounced LEE-ben-son) is a New York Times bestselling children’s book author and award-winning cartoonist of the syndicated daily comic strip, The Pajama Diaries, which ran from 2006-2020. The Pajama Diaries has been nominated four times for the Reuben Award for Best Newspaper Comic Strip by the National Cartoonists Society and won in 2016. In addition, Terri has been nominated twice for Cartoonist of the Year by the NCS.

Libenson is also the New York Times bestselling author of the popular middle grade series, Emmie & Friends, including most recent entries “Truly Tyler” and “Remarkably Ruby,” which will be released in May 2022. Explore all of Libenson’s books at your local library, and mark your calendar now!

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William Kent Krueger

April 27 @ The Barn at Stratford | $25

William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen acclaimed books set in the Cork O’Connor mystery series, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. Krueger’s work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last nine novels were all New York Times bestsellers.

Ordinary Grace, his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. The companion novel, This Tender Land, was published in September 2019 and spent nearly six months on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Sarah Vowell

May 20 @ Chappelear Drama Center | $15

Sarah Vowell is an American author, journalist, essayist, and actress. A contributing editor for public radio’s This American Life, Vowell has written for Time, Esquire, GQ, Spin, Salon, McSweeneys, The Village Voice, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as authoring seven New York Times’ bestselling nonfiction books on American history and culture. She is also the voice of teen superhero Violet Parr in Brad Bird’s Academy Award-winning The Incredibles, and its sequel, Incredibles 2, from Pixar Animation Studios.

Vowell’s books include Radio On, Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Take the Cannoli, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, and Assassination Vacation.

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Felicia Day

October 15 @ Willis Education Center Auditorium | Free

Felicia Day is an actress, producer, writer, and streamer. Day has appeared in numerous television shows and films, including recurring roles on the hit CW show “Supernatural,” SyFy series “The Magicians,” Netflix’s reboot of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” and the Emmy-winning “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” She currently has three shows in development for TV. She streams on Twitch weekly, has three podcasts, and writes a bi-weekly newsletter which can be found on Substack.

Day’s books include New York Times bestsellers You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) and Embrace Your Weird, along with graphic novel “The Guild.”

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Tommy Orange

November 12 @ Orange Branch Library | Free

Tommy Orange is the author of There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. One of The New York Times’ top books of 2018 and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, There There shows us violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people.

Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California. Orange will discuss his craft, the writing process, and Native American history and culture.

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Neal Shusterman

February 8, 2023 @ Liberty Middle School | Free

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times best-selling author of over thirty novels for children, teens, and adults. He won the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for Challenger Deep. His novel, Scythe, was a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor book and is in development with Universal Studios as a feature film. Shusterman co-wrote his most recent novel, Dry, with his son Jarrod, and in addition to being on numerous award lists, Dry is currently in development with Paramount Pictures. His latest novel, Game Changer, is in development with Netflix as a TV series, and he is co-writing the pilot episode.

Shusterman has earned a reputation as a storyteller and dynamic speaker. Degrees in both psychology and drama give him a unique approach to writing, and an entertaining sense of humor.

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