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Authors LIVE!

Learn, grow and have fun attending this ongoing series. Hear nationally known, award-winning and best-selling authors present their newly published fiction and non-fiction works. Presented in partnership with Friends of the Highland Park Library and Friends of the SMU Library, these presentations are offered free to the whole community.  No reservations are required. A book signing follows the presentation for those who choose to purchase books.

For those who are interested in meeting and talking with an author, and having a signed copy of the book, there is a reception preceding the main presentation and includes the price of the book ($30). So join us to hear some of America’s most interesting authors introduce us to new ideas and intriguing stories.

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Upcoming Authors LIVE! Events

John Dean Presents The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It

John Dean will present his book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It  on Wednesday, August 6 at 7 pm in Wesley Hall. Free! No registration required for the presentation.

Brought to you by the friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church. 

An Author's Reception will be in Great Hall at 6 pm. Cost is $30 to meet the author and get a signed book (by reservation only). Register on the button below or call 214.523.2240 for the reception. You may pay at the door by cash or check.

Former White House Counsel John W. Dean, one of the last major surviving  figures of Watergate, draws on his own transcripts of almost a thousand conversations, a wealth of Nixon’s secretly recorded information, and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the national Archives and the Nixon Library to provide the definitive answer to the question: What did President Nixon know and when did he know it?  Dean connects dots that have never been connected, including revealing how and why the Watergate break-in occurred, what was on the mysterious 18 ½ minute gap in Nixon’s recorded conversations, and more.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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Date & Time: Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Doug Swanson Presents Blood Aces

Doug Swanson presents Blood Aces Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 pm in Wesley Hall. Free! No registration required for the presentation.

Brought to you by the friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church. 

An Author's Reception will be in the Fellowship area at 6 pm. Cost is $30 to meet the author and get a signed book (by reservation only). Register on the button below or call 214.523.2240 for the reception. You may pay at the door by cash or check.

Doug Swanson brings us the story of one of Dallas’ most notorious crime figures, Benny Binion, particularly his crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas. His formula was simple: run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, and own the cops. The folksy, philanthropic, and cold-blooded Binion founded the World Series of Poker, became one of the revered figures in the history of gambling, and came to dominate the Vegas scene. Come and hear the story of Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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Date & Time: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hampton Sides Presents In the Kingdom of Ice

Hampton Sides presents his book, In the Kingdom of Ice on Tuesday, August 19 at 7:00 pm in Wesley Hall. Free! No registration required for the presentation.

Brought to you by the friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church. 

An Author's Reception will be in the Fellowship area at 6 pm. Cost is $30 to meet the author and get a signed book (by reservation only). Register on the button below or call 214.523.2240 for the reception. You may pay at the door by cash or check.

In the Kingdom of Ice. Hampton Sides, author of bestselling histories Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder and Hellhound on his Trail, and one of America’s most expansive and engaging storytellers, brings us In The Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette. Pulitzer Prize winner T.J. Stiles calls the book “ a vivid tale of exploration set in a howling, deadly wilderness”. Bestselling author  S.C. Gwynne says “ Hampton Sides has written an arctic thriller, an authentic narrative masterpiece.”

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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Date & Time: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jan Karon Presents Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

Jan Karon will present her book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel on Thursday, September 4  at 7 pm in Wesley Hall. Free! No registration required for the presentation.

Brought to you by the friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church. 

An Author’s Reception will be in Great Hall at 6 pm. Cost is $30 to meet the author and get a signed book (by reservation only). Register to attend on the button below or call 214.523.2240 for the reception. You may pay at the door by cash or check.

A publishing event: #1 New York Times–bestselling author Jan Karon returns—and invites her millions of fans to join her again in Mitford. After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn’t want it. Maybe he’s lost his passion. Millions of fans will applaud the chance to spend time, once more, in the often comic and utterly human presence of Jan Karon’s characters. Indeed, they have never been more sympathetic, bighearted, and engaging.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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Date & Time: Thursday, September 04, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Presents Get Off the Sidelines

Kirsten Gillibrand will present her book, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World on Sunday, September 21 at 7 pm in Wesley Hall. Free! No registration required for the presentation.

Brought to you by the friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church. 

An Author’s Reception will be in Great Hall at 6 pm. Cost is $30 to meet the author and get a signed book (by reservation only). Register to attend  on the button below or call 214.523.2240 for the reception. You may pay at the door by cash or check.

Kirsten Gillibrand who succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York heard these life-changing words: “Decisions are being made every day in Washington, and if you are not part of those decisions, you might not like what they decide, and you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.” She knew that her voice—all women’s voices—were essential to shaping the future of this country, and that she had a greater purpose in life: to speak up and effect change. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the senator, wife, and mother of two recounts her personal journey in public service and galvanizes women to reach beyond their busy lives and make a meaningful difference in the world around them.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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Date & Time: Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Kathy Reichs Presents Bones Never Lie

Kathy Reichs will present her book, Bones Never Lie on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 pm in Wesley Hall. Free! No registration required for the presentation.

 Brought to you by the friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church. 

An Author’s Reception will be in Great Hall at 6 pm. Cost is $30 to meet the author and get a signed book (by reservation only). Register to attend on the button below or call 214.523.2240 for the reception. You may pay at the door by cash or check.

In sixteen New York Times bestsellers over the course of as many years, Kathy Reichs has proven herself “a genius at building suspense” (New York Daily News). In forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, Reichs has created a detective fiction heroine who’s brilliant to the bone. “Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden,” says The New York Times Book Review. In the acclaimed author’s thrilling new novel, Brennan is at the top of her game in a battle of wits against the most monstrous adversary she has ever encountered.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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Date & Time: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

S. C. Gwynne Presents Rebel Yell

S. C. Gwynne will present his book Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson on Thursday, October 2 at 7 pm in Wesley Hall. Free! No registration required for the presentation.

Brought to you by the friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Library, Highland Park United Methodist Church and our special co-host The Dallas Historical Society. 
An Author’s Reception will be in  Great Hall at 6 pm. Cost is $30 to meet the author and get a signed book (by reservation only). Register to attend on the button below or call 214.523.2240 for the reception. You may pay at the door by cash or check.

From the author of the prizewinning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon comes a thrilling accountof how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jacksonbecame a great and tragic American hero. Rebel Yell is written with the swiftly vivid narrative that is Gwynne’s hallmark and is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict between historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson’s private life, including the loss of his young beloved first wife and his regimented personal habits. It traces Jackson’s brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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Date & Time: Thursday, October 02, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jodi Picoult Presents Leaving Time: A Novel

Jodi Picoult will present her book, Leaving Time: A Novel  on Monday, October 27 at 7 pm in Wesley Hall. Free! No registration required for the presentation.

Brought to you by the friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church. 

An Author's Reception will be in Great Hall at 6 pm. Cost is $30 to meet the author and get a signed book (by reservation only). Register on the button below or call 214.523.2240 for the reception. You may pay at the door by cash or check.

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident.  Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of  Alice’s old journals.  A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.  A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is  #1 bestselling author Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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Date & Time: Monday, October 27, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Richard Norton Smith presents On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller

Richard Norton Smith will present his book On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller on Thursday, November 6 at 7 pm in Wesley Hall. Free! No registration required for the presentation.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church. 

An Author's Reception will be in the Fellowship area at 6 pm. Cost is $30 to meet the author and get a signed book (by reservation only). Register on the button below or call 214.523.2240 for the reception. You may pay at the door by cash or check.

Richard Norton Smith re-creates Rockefeller’s improbable rise to the governor’s mansion, his politically disastrous divorce and remarriage, and his often surprising relationships with presidents and political leaders from FDR to Henry Kissinger. A frustrated architect turned master builder, an avid collector of art and an unabashed ladies’ man, “Rocky” promoted fallout shelters and affordable housing with equal enthusiasm. From the deadly 1971 prison uprising at Attica and unceasing battles with New York City mayor John Lindsay to his son’s unsolved disappearance (and the grisly theories it spawned), the punitive drug laws that bear his name, and the much-gossiped-about circumstances of his death, Nelson Rockefeller’s was a life of astonishing color, range, and relevance. On His Own Terms, a masterpiece of the biographer’s art, vividly captures the soaring optimism and polarizing politics of this American Original.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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Date & Time: Thursday, November 06, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Kathryn Harrison Presents Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured

Kathryn Harrison will present her  book Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured on Thursday, November 13 at 7 pm in Wesley Hall. Free! No registration required for the presentation.

Brought to you by the Friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the SMU Library and Highland Park United Methodist Church. 

An Author's Reception will be in the Fellowship area at 6 pm. Cost is $30 to meet the author and get a signed book (by reservation only). Register on the button below or call 214.523.2240 for the reception. You may pay at the door by cash or check.

Every era must retell and reimagine the Maid of Orleans's extraordinary story in its own way, and in Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, the superb novelist and memoirist Kathryn Harrison gives us a Joan for our time—a shining exemplar of unshakable faith, extraordinary courage, and self-confidence during a brutally rigged ecclesiastical inquisition. Deftly weaving historical fact, myth, folklore, artistic representations, and centuries of scholarly and critical interpretation into a compelling narrative, she restores Joan of Arc to her rightful position as one of the greatest heroines in all of human history.

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

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Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM