2021 Nick Linn Lecture Series

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18 years of the Nick Linn Lecture Series!

The Nick Linn Lecture Series is our annual winter lecture and luncheon series featuring four major bestselling authors. The series is named for Friends past president, long-time board member and benefactor Nick Linn.

Ann Patchett

Monday, January 18, 2021

Ann Patchett is a celebrated author, devoted reader, and a champion of literacy culture.  She has written thirteen books and has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including England’s Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In 2011, when the last of Nashville’s bookstores had been shuttered, Ann declared “I have no interest in living in a city without a bookstore.”  And so, in November of that year she opened Parnassus Books and has since become a spokesperson for independent booksellers.  In 2012, TIME named Ann one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World for her efforts on behalf of the literary community.  Writing of her friend on the occasion of that event, novelist Elizabeth Gilbert described Ann as “a woman of wisdom, determination, generosity and courage.”

Ann published her first story in The Paris Review whill still a student at Sarah Lawrence College.  Her novel, Bel Canto, was awarded the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award.  The world-renowned Lyric Opera Company of Chicago commissioned a production based on the novel that The Chicago Tribune called “a thought-provoking production worthy of a world-class opera company.”   In 2016, Ann released her seventh novel, Commonwealth; It was selected as a New York Times Best Book of the Year, a TIME Magazine Top 10 Selection, and was a NBCC Award Finalist.  In 2019, she published her first children’s book, Lambslide, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.  Her newest novel, The Dutch House, was also released in 2019 and received high praise.  NPR writes, “…you won’t want to put down this engrossing, warmhearted book even after you’ve read the last page.

There’s a pink brick home in Nashville, Tennessee with a wide porch surrounded by old trees.  It’s Ann Patchett’s favorite place and it’s where she lives with her husband Karl, their dog Sparky and lots of books.


Monday, February 3, 2020

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author of thirty novels. Her work has garnered or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer’s Choice Award. Her blockbuster hit Before We Were Yours remained on the New York Times bestseller list for ten months, was Publishers Weekly’s #3 longest running bestseller of 2017, and was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction. Before We Were Yours has been a book club favorite worldwide and to date has sold well over one million copies.

The group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with six others as recipients of the National Civics Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. Wingate’s novels have been translated into over 35 languages. Booklist summed up her work by saying, “Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller.”

Lisa was inspired to become a writer by a first-grade teacher who said she expected to see Lisa’s name in a magazine one day. Lisa also entertained childhood dreams of being an Olympic gymnast and winning the National Finals Rodeo but was stalled by a mental block against backflips on the balance beam and by parents who stubbornly refused to finance a rodeo career. She was lucky enough to marry into a big family of Southern tall tale tellers who would inspire any lover of story. Of all the things she treasures about being a writer, she enjoys connecting with people, both real and imaginary, the most.


David Baldacci

Monday, March 9, 2020

We can thank David Baldacci’s mother for fostering this prolific writer’s talent as a child by providing him with a lined notebook to record his stories.  His mother confided later, it was to keep him quiet because “every mom needs a break now and then.”  It seems he’s been writing ever since.  He is close to or has exceeded publishing 40 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television.  His novels are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries.  David also has published novels for younger readers.

David is a lifelong Virginian.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C. for nine years.  While practicing law, he turned to novel writing.  It took three years for David to write his first novel in 1996, Absolute Power, which was adapted for a movie with Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman.



<Monday, March 30, 2020

Pam Jenoff is the author of several books of historical fiction, including the NYT bestsellers The Orphan’s Tale and The Lost Girls of Paris. She holds a degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her JD from UPenn. Her novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives with her husband and 3 children near Philadelphia, where she teaches law.


To be held at the Grand Pavilion at the
Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort
2600 Tiburon Drive
Naples, FL  34109

Pre-lecture for Publishers:  11:15 am

Luncheon at 12 noon

Lecture begins at 1 pm



For questions and information:
Please contact Marlene Kern of the Friends Office at (239) 262-8135.


Louise Raymond
Nancy Schoen
Peter Thomas


R.B. Bernstein
Rick Bragg
Hilary Hemingway
Maxine Carter


Janet Evanovich
Sue Monk Kidd
Randy Wayne White
Bill Beckwith


Karna Small Bodman
David Baldacci
Tim Dorsey
Lisa Scottoline

From The 2017 Nick Linn Series Authors


Sara Paretsky
Kristy Kiernan
Prudy Taylor Board
Linda Hooper
Mary Alice Monroe


John Lescroart
Harlen Coben
Debra Dean
Lisa Jackson


James Patterson
Lisa Black
Dennis Lehane
Bob Morris
James O. Born


Adriana Trigiani
Nicholas Sparks
William Martin
James Grippando


Lisa See
Brad Meltzer
James Rollins
Andrew Gross


Michael Palmer
Paula McLain
Steve Berry
Diana Abu-Jaber


Tami Hoag
Linwood Barclay
Linda Fairstein
Kristin Hannah


Greg Iles
Joseph Finder
Lisa Gardner
Sandra Brown


Kate Andersen Brower
Alafair Burke
Tess Gerritsen
Adriana Trgiani


Chris Bohjalian
Joy Fielding
Karin Slaughter
Jonathan Hayes


Dorothea Benton Frank
Christina Baker Kline
Gregg Hurwitz
Adriana Trigiani


Brad Meltzer
A.J. Finn
Lisa Scottoline
Lesley Stahl

Author Karin Slaughter

Author Jonathan Hayes

Author Joy Fielding