2019 Nick Linn Lecture Series

16 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 president, long-time board member and benefactor Nick Linn.


“The Escape Artist”

Monday, January 14, 2019

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Tines bestselling author  of THE INNER CIRCLE, THE BOOK OF FATE, and nine other bestselling thrillers including THE TENTH JUSTICE, THE FIRST COUNSEL, THE MILLIONAIRES, and THE PRESIDENT’S SHADOW.  His newest book, THE ESCAPE ARTIST, also just debuted at #1.

In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (HISTORY DECODED), Advice (HEROES FOR MY SON and HEROES FOR MY DAUGHTER), Children’s Books (I AM AMELIA EARHART and I AM ABRAHAM LINCOLN) and even comic books (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.

He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel.  The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.

Brad is also responsible for helping find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero, making national news on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Photo credit:  Michelle Watson Catchlight Group

A. J. Finn – SOLD OUT

“The Woman in the Window”

Monday, February 4, 2019

A. J. Finn is the author of The Woman in the Window, the most widely acquired debut novel of all time, with rights sold in 38 languages around the world.  On its publication in January 2018, the book became the first debut  novel in twelve years – and only the third ever – to debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, where it remained for an entire month.  The novel is currently in its eighth week on the list.

The film adaptation of The Woman in the Window is currently in development at Fox, which bought the rights in a seven-figure deal.  The movie will be produced by Oscar winner Scott Rudin, of The Social Network and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and written by Tracy Letts, the Pulitzer – and Tony-winning playwright of August:  Osage County.

A. J. delivered the valedictory address at his graduation from Duke, and then enrolled at Oxford, where he spent five years in the Master’s and PhD programs in literature.  For a decade he was a book editor and publisher in London and New York, working with authors including J. K. Rowling, Tina Fey, Nelson DeMille, Rafael Nadal, and Patricia Cornwell, as well as the Agatha Christie estate.

He lives in New York City and is currently at work on his second novel.


Lisa Scottoline –


Monday, March 4, 2019

Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 31 novels, including her latest work, AFTER ANNA. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of humorous memoirs including their most recent, I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses, and earlier books, I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool; I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?; Have a Nice Guilt Trip; Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim; Best Friends, Occasional Enemies; My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space; and Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, which has been optioned for TV. Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice and Fiction” at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. Lisa is a regular and much sought after speaker at library and corporate events. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Photo credit: April Narby




Lesley Stahl –


“Becoming Grandma:  The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting”

Monday, March 18, 2019

With the candor and charm that has helped her become a journalism icon, Stahl discusses her professional and personal life as one of the first female television reporters.  First hired by CBS News in 1972, she entered an industry that was male-dominated, but she broke through and made a name for herself.  With humorous and poignant anecdotes, Stahl talks about her covering the White House during the Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush presidencies, and then about her years covering the world as co-editor of 60 Minutes.

After four decades as a reporter, Stahl says the most vivid and transforming experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or any other of her stories at 60 Minutes.  It was becoming a grandmother.  Stahl’s Becoming Grandma:  The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting was released April 2016.  The New York Times best-seller explores how grandparenting changes your life – for the better – with personal stories and interviews with famous and the not-so-famous grandmothers, as well as scientists and historians.

Arrangements for the appearance of Lesley Stahl are made through Greater Talent Network, LLC, NY, NY.


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

Author Karin Slaughter

Author Jonathan Hayes

Author Joy Fielding