Nick Linn Lecture Series 2018

This is our 15th year of the 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.


Dorothea Benton Frank


Monday, January 15, 2108

New York Times bestseller Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina.  She resides in the New York area with her husband.

Dorothea Benton Frank’s most recent bestseller, SAME BEACH, NEXT YEAR debuted at #4 on the New York Times list, where it remained in the top fifteen for four weeks.  It was also a USA Today bestseller, debuting at #11.

A comtemporary voice of the South in the ranks of Anne Rivers Siddons and Pat Conroy, Dorothea Benton Frank is beloved from coast to coast, thanks to her bestsellers including ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, THE HURRICANE SISTERS, THE LAST ORIGINAL WIFE, PORCH LIGHTS, FOLLY BEACH, SULLIVANS ISLAND, and PLANTATION.  Photo Credit:  Debbie Zammit 


Christina Baker Kline


Monday, February 5, 2018

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train.  Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines and Sweet Water.  Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, Psychology Today, among other places.  She lives outside of New York City and on the coast of Maine.

In her new novel, Kline turns her attention to another little-known part of America’s history: the story of Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece Christina’s World.  This iconic American painting – which features a mysterious woman in a pink dress sitting in a field, gazing at a weathered house in the distance – hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of their permanent collection. Photo Credit:  Diana Karin




Gregg Hurwitz


Monday, March 12, 2018

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of 17 novels, most recently, THE NOWHERE MAN.  His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.

He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin).  Additionally, he’s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (including the upcoming THE BOOK OF HENRY), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks.  Gregg resides in Los Angeles.





Adriana Trigiani


Monday, March 26, 2018

Adriana Trigiani is the author of sixteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker’s Wife; All the Stars in the Heavens; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; and the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table.  She is the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary Queens of the Big Time.  Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, based on her debut novel.  It was filmed entirely on location with an all-star cast in her hometown in Virginia and was released in 2015.  She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.


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




EDITOR:  $410

GENERAL:  $370


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

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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