March 15, 2017

Library to kick off new author series with Garth Stein

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is kicking off its new author series with Garth Stein on Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are free, but registration is required at Registration is now open. Seating begins at 1 p.m.

Stein is the author of five novels, two children’s picture books and an award-winning play. His novel The Art of Racing in the Rain remained on the New York Times bestseller list for four years and has become a contemporary classic.Stein’s author talk kicks off Columbus Metropolitan Library’s brand new Carnegie Author Series: Author Talks at Main Library. The series also includes:


Dan Chaon

Sunday, June 18 | 2 p.m.

Chaon’s most recent book is Ill Will, a novel. Other works include the short story collection Stay Awake (2012), the national bestseller Await Your Reply and Among the Missing. His work has been featured in numerous publications. Registration opens May 15.


William Shkurti

Thursday, July 20 | 7 p.m.

Shkurti’s first book, Soldiering on in a Dying War, was about the Vietnam War. His most recent book hits closer to home. The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order explores how tensions forever changed the university. Registration opens June 12.


Kimberla Lawson Roby

Sunday, Aug. 27 | 2 p.m.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lawson Roby has published 24 novels including A Sinful Calling and new newest book, Copycat. She was the 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction. Registration opens July 24.


All programs take place in Main Library’s Reading Room. They are free and open to all. The first hour of parking is free in Main Library’s garage.

More information can be found at

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.