2020 Nick Linn Lecture Series – This Series is Completely Sold Out – No Walk-In’s Allowed

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.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Marie Benedict is a New York Times best selling author of historical fiction who uncovers stories about remarkable women from the past.  She wrote The Only Women in the Room, about Hedy Lamarr; Carnegie’s Maid; and The Other Einstein, about the first Mrs. Einstein.  Her newly released Lady Clementine is another riveting historical fiction novel about Lady Clementine Churchill, the wife of Sir Winston Churchill.

Before becoming a writer, Ms. Benedict was a lawyer for more than ten years in New York City.  While practicing law, Marie wrote her first novels.  Writing as Heather Terrell, Marie also published the historical novels The Chrysalis and The Map Thief.  These first historical novels brought a change in careers for Marie, who left the New York City law firm and began her writing career.  Heather also has written young adult fiction, with the guidance of a team of educators.

Ms. Benedict resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.


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