Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sanibel Library Offers Dazzling Line Up of Authors

When most people think of Sanibel, they envision its natural charms.

The miles of beach to walk, hundreds of shells to collect and dozens of birds to see all attract visitors from around the globe.

But , for a tiny barrier island, 12 miles in length with more topicality than human population, Sanibel is also a hub for cultural activities.

There are concerts, lectures and art showings on a regular basis.

And, most delightfully, the Sanibel Library is rated as one of the best in the entire state.

The Sanibel Public Library has been named a ‘5 Star’ library by the Library Journal. This is their highest ‘star’ rating. The Library Journal Index is a national rating system designed to recognize  and promote America’s public libraries, to help improve the pool of  nationally collected library statistics, and to encourage library  self-evaluation.

But the high rating does not limit itself to the extensive collection or even number of amenities offered to those who use it.

It is also based on the offerings of the library to encourage people to read and know more.

The author series at the library has been free standing in excellence featuring writers who have crafted great books.

The 2016-2017 season coming up is a stellar example of how the library strives to show case the best.

Kicking off the winter on December 13 is B.A. Shapiro. 

B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of The MuralistThe Art ForgerThe Safe RoomBlind SpotSee No EvilBlameless, and Shattered Echoes. She has also written four screenplays and the non-fiction book, The Big SqueezeThe Art Forger has been on many bestseller lists and has won many awards including The 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Boston and is working on her eighth novel.

In her 2015 novel, The Muralist, B.A. Shapiro illuminates the art world of the 1940s by weaving together historical figures like Eleanor Roosevelt, Lee Krasner, and Mark Rothko, with fictional characters, in a story about the life and mysterious disappearance of a brilliant young artist on the eve of World War II.

In addition to her print books in the Sanibel Public Library collection, B.A. Shapiro’s eBooks and audiobooks are available for download via Hoopla and OverDrive apps.

There are equally great follow ups, but we won't spill the beans just yet.  If your curiosity is beyond containment, however, you can click here and get the full details: http://www.sanlib.org/whats-new.html  The library is a special place, and one that should not be missed no matter what time of year  or length of your stay.

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