Nonfiction Author Series

Michael J. Tougias

Monday, January 22, 2018

“They don’t come any better than Michael J. Tougias.  His latest, So Close to Home, is a truly gripping, deeply affecting saga of undersea warfare and of an extraordinary American family caught in the crosshairs of history.” –Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Longest Winter and The Few.

“Through their meticulous research, Tougias and O’Leary take you where few historians dare, into the dark sea where an American family is floundering to stay alive, and onto the steel-planked deck of the German U-boat that put them there.  This is priceless history–two hundred pages of ‘you-are-there.’ ” –Adam Makos, New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call.

Larry Goldstone

 Monday, February 26, 2018

“We think of our times, as an unrivaled era of innovation but the Gilded Age at the turn the 20th Century was its equal.  Lawrence Goldstone writes in brilliant fashion of this period and the cast of geniuses, tycoons, politicians and scoundrels that made it vibrate.  Going Deep tells the story of an incredible invention, the attack submarine, and the humble genius, John Philip Holland, who battled for decades to convince a skeptical world (and the Navy’s Old Guard) of the value of his creation.  As told by Goldstone, Holland’s life soars with singular achievement and ends, as genius often does, in near obscurity.  Goldstone has brought John Philip Holland back to the vital center of his times.  An insightful, important and enthralling book.” Mark Obenhaus, The Age of Aerospace.

Del Quentin Wilber

Monday, March 19, 2018

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was just seventy days into his first term of office when John W. Hinckley, Jr., opened fire outside the Washington Hilton Hotel, wounding the president, press secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a D.C. police officer.  For years, few people knew the truth about how close the president came to dying.  Drawing on new interviews and material, Del Quentin Wilber tells the full, electrifying story of a pivotal historical moment when the nation faced a terrifying crisis.

The Nonfiction Author Series is our annual winter lecture presentation of current writers addressing a historical, political, or cultural topic of interest to Friends of the Library.

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Breakfast at 9 am, Lecture begins at 9:30 am with book signing afterwards.

Country Club of Naples
185 Burning Tree Dr Naples, FL 34105 (map)

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Please contact Marlene Kern of the Friends Office at (239) 262-8135 or by email at

Series Tickets: $125 for members – $155 for nonmembers
Individual Tickets: $45 for members – $55 for nonmembers

From the 2017 Nonfiction Author Series

Author David Hoffman with Bob Levine, Louise Franck, and Jon Zoler