15 Authors Visiting Lakeside This Summer

Staff Blogger: Kelsey Pepa, Digital Communications Coordinator


As a part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series, Faith for Living Hour and for select evenings in Hoover Auditorium, 15 authors and illustrators will be sharing their talents, expertise and experience with the Lakeside community this summer. Mark your calendars and get these books on your summer reading list so that you can make the most of your opportunity to learn from these authors.

Jill Hardie, author of The Sparkle Box, a book about a young child who discovered the true meaning of Christmas, was here during Week 1.

Richard Cowdrey, a children’s book illustrator who has earned fame for his depiction of the beloved cartoon dog Marley, was also here during Week 1.

David FitzSimmons, author of Curious Critters Series, Wakem the Rooster: Up All Night and Salamander Dance, talked about the process of publishing children’s books during Week 1.

David Richardson, a faculty member for the Highlights Foundation, which supports children’s literature by helping authors and illustrators hone their craft, spoke about the various jobs he has had in literature during Week 1.

Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Crisis, will visit Lakeside as part of the Week 2 Chautauqua Lecture Series. Sam will present based on the topic Dreamland: Our National Opiate Addiction Epidemic and How We Got Here (Parts I & II). A book signing will follow the afternoon lecture and books will be on sale.

Laura Schroff, author of An Invisible Thread, An Invisible Thread Christmas Story and Angels on Earth, will speak about her book, Angels on Earth, at 8:15 p.m. Monday, July 2 in Hoover Auditorium. A book signing will follow her lecture, and all of her books will be available for purchase at the lecture and The Fine Print bookstore. In follow up to her first book, An Invisible Thread, she wrote Angels on Earth, from stories she received from readers who had their own “invisible thread” stories to share. Chapter 7 of this book holds a very special place in the hearts of many Lakesiders. Entitled “The Bookstore,” it tells an “invisible thread” story about beloved Lakesider, Jim Kettlewell, who passed away just months before the book was published.

Neil Zurcher, author of Strange Tales from Ohio, Ohio Oddities and Tales from the Road and Cleveland “Fox 8 News” reporter, shares tales from his more than 35 years on the road as the host of “One Tank Trips” during the Week 3 Chautauqua Lecture Series.

Rick Darke, author of The Living Landscape: Designing For Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, photographer and landscape ethicist will share his landscape design expertise during the Week 4 Chautauqua Lecture Series. This theme is sponsored by a Lakeside garden enthusiast.

Juliette Wells, author of Reading Austen in America and Everybody’s Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination, will explore Jane Austen’s life, works and legacy as part of the Week 4 Chautauqua Lecture Series. This theme is sponsored by the Knobel Family Endowment.

Herbert Martin, editor of the Complete Novels of Paul Lawrence Dunbar, will explore and focus on the tradition of African American poetry will be explored during the Week 5 Chautauqua Lecture Series.

Authors Edward Lengel and Denver Brunsman will explore the lives and legacies of key figures, as well as historical events leading to the establishment of the U.S. as an independent nation during the Week 7 Chautauqua Lecture Series.

A combined Faith for Living Hour and morning education lecture features Preacher of the Week, the Rev. Dr. Deanna Ferree Womack, Assistant Professor of History of Religions & Multi-Faith Relations, Emory University, speaking on interfaith topics.

A combined Faith for Living Hour and morning education lecture features Preacher of the Week, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Root, speaking about the life and works of C.S. Lewis. In connection with this lecture theme, please also join us for “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” with David Payne at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 in Hoover Auditorium.

Laura Kriska, author of The Accidental Office Lady, will share best practices for using cultural data as a tool to build bridges, which lessen the divide between different cultural groups during the Week 10 Chautauqua Lecture Series.

Which author(s) are you most excited for this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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