Once a year, Lawrence Public Library invites a nationally-recognized author to town for a community conversation about why they write and what inspires them, followed by an author book signing and meet-n-greet. One of our local bookstores, The Raven, traditionally brings copies of the author's books for sale.
The Beach Author series brings together readers, writers, townies, book clubs, hardcore fans, university faculty, and students for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet a contemporary virtuoso of the written word.
Thanks to generous grants from Ross and Marianna Beach and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the event is free, casual, and open to the public. Seating is general admission and no tickets are required.
Newly Announced: Nnedi Okorafor 2018
Beach Author History
2017 | George Saunders, 2017 Man Booker Prize winner for Lincoln in the Bardo
2016 | Geraldine Brooks, 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for March
2015 | Karen Russell, 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Swamplandia! and 2013 MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant
2014 | James McBride, 2013 National Book Award winner for The Good Lord Bird
Beach Family's Library Support
In 2010, The Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation contributed the largest gift to Lawrence Public Library in its history to launch the New Stories capital campaign for the library building project. In 2013, they provided a second generous gift to create the Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. We are forever grateful for their support in achieving the library's mission and goals for our community.