2020 Nick Linn Lecture Series

17 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.

 

MARIE BENEDICT

Monday, January 13, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LISA WINGATE

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.

 

 

 

TO BE ANNOUNCED

Monday, March 9, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

PAM JENOFF

<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.

2004

Louise Raymond
Nancy Schoen
Peter Thomas

2005

R.B. Bernstein
Rick Bragg
Hilary Hemingway
Maxine Carter

2006

Janet Evanovich
Sue Monk Kidd
Randy Wayne White
Bill Beckwith

2007

Karna Small Bodman
David Baldacci
Tim Dorsey
Lisa Scottoline

From The 2017 Nick Linn Series Authors

2008

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

2009

John Lescroart
Harlen Coben
Debra Dean
Lisa Jackson

2010

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

2011

Adriana Trigiani
Nicholas Sparks
William Martin
James Grippando

2012

Lisa See
Brad Meltzer
James Rollins
Andrew Gross

2013

Michael Palmer
Paula McLain
Steve Berry
Diana Abu-Jaber

2014

Tami Hoag
Linwood Barclay
Linda Fairstein
Kristin Hannah

2015

Greg Iles
Joseph Finder
Lisa Gardner
Sandra Brown

2016

Kate Andersen Brower
Alafair Burke
Tess Gerritsen
Adriana Trgiani

2017

Chris Bohjalian
Joy Fielding
Karin Slaughter
Jonathan Hayes

Author Karin Slaughter

Author Jonathan Hayes

Author Joy Fielding