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Media: "Columbus Library's 2023 author series kicks off Feb 19th"

'Bridgerton' writer among guests for Columbus Library's 2023 author series

Nancy Gilson

Special to The Columbus Dispatch

In celebration of its 150th birthday, the Columbus Metropolitan Library is expanding its author series for 2023, with seven nationally known authors scheduled to appear.

Previously called the Carnegie Author Series, the Sesquicentennial Author Series kicks off Feb. 19 with Leonard Marcus, an expert on children’s literature, and especially Maurice Sendak. All events will be free, in-person events held at the Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave.

Prospective attendees can find more information and register for the first event at

“As we celebrate the library’s 150th anniversary, we wanted to ensure we scheduled a robust author series since books and reading are the cornerstones of our vision and purpose,” said Dorcas Taylor Jones, the library’s communications manager.

The authors:

  • Leonard Marcus, author of “Maurice Sendak: a Celebration of the Artist and his Work,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. This event is presented in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art whose exhibit “Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak” continues through March 5. Registration is now open for this event at

  • Julia Quinn, author of the eight “Bridgerton” historical romance novels that became the hit Netflix television series, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5.

  • "Friends and Fiction” authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Patti Callahan Henry, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. The four authors and longtime friends with more than 70 published books between them will discuss the publishing industry, writing, the art of storytelling, and what they’re currently reading.

  • Donte Woods Spikes, the Columbus storyteller, youth mentor and author of “So.Long.: Unfinished Good-byes with the Children of COVID-19,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.

  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia, editor and novelist whose newest book is “The Daughter of Doctor Moreau,” a Mexican reimagining of the classic “The Island of Doctor Moreau,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

  • Saeed Jones, the American poet now living in Columbus whose new collection is “Alive at the End of the World,” 2 p.m. Oct. 8.

  • Jason Mott, winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction for “Hell of a Book,” about a Black author on a cross-country tour to promote his new book, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.

All events are free but large crowds are expected for some. Registration will be open closer to each event. The author appearances will not be offered virtually.

The library system will mark the anniversary year with a celebration on March 4, with details to be announced soon.

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