Best-selling author to hit Huntington library

Tess Gerritsen.
Tess Gerritsen. Photos provided.

Best-selling author Tess Gerritsen will visit Huntington during her two-week grassroots tour of Indiana's public libraries.

Gerritsen will stop at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, in Huntington, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 2:30 p.m. for a talk, question-and-answer session and book signing in the library's gathering area.

Paperback copies of three of Gerritsen's books - "The Bone Garden," "The Surgeon" and her most recent book, "Last to Die - will be available for purchase at the Huntington library. "Last to Die" will also be available in hardback.

The session is free and no registration is necessary.

"It's amazing that we get an author of this stature," says Huntington City-Township Public Library staffer Jan Carnes. "And it was her idea."

While planning what was originally intended to be a one-time appearance at the Bartholomew County Public Library in Columbus, Gerritsen asked Bartholomew County librarian Mary Clare Speckner, who had invited her, whether there were any other libraries that would be interested in a speaking event while she was in the area.

Gerritsen says she was particularly interested in visiting public libraries - free of charge to the venue and attendees - in smaller towns that rarely get an opportunity to host authors.

Within weeks she received more than 20 requests from Indiana public libraries, as well as one Kentucky branch. Her finalized route takes her to 23 libraries over 16 days, Sept. 30 to Oct. 14. Gerritsen's talks will vary from library to library, based on reader interests.

"When I was a child in San Diego, I practically lived at my neighborhood library. That's where I learned to love reading, and where I discovered the thrills of mystery novels including my childhood idol, Nancy Drew," says Gerritsen. "I've always been grateful for our nation's public library system, and I've never forgotten what it gave to me."

Gerritsen worked with Speckner to coordinate with other Indiana libraries to organize the tour schedule, driving route and travel arrangements.

"My primary goal is to say thank you to libraries everywhere. I'm also looking forward to meeting readers, talking about stories, and answering questions about writing," says Gerritsen. "And I'm excited about visiting a state I haven't had a chance to explore."