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June 15, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Best Summer at Your Library

Join us for second annual Conversations with Authors – our popular Zoom series featuring in-depth, 1-hour interviews by Adult Services Librarian Donna Braasch with popular NYT Bestselling authors – for 2023! This month’s Conversations with Authors event features Brendan Slocumb, author of Symphony of Secrets. RSVPs are required and will close two days before this event on June 13 at 8pm. This same book will also be read and discussed by the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Book Lovers Book Club for which you are welcome to join! For more information about our Book Club, please visit our branch library’s web events page:  Ponte Vedra Beach Branch | St. Johns County Public Library System (sjcpls.org). If you have any questions you’d like to suggest for this author interview in our Conversations with Authors Series, please email us at sjcneref@neflin.org.

Amazon Summary for Symphony of Secrets by Brendan Slocumb:  “Bern Hendricks has just received the call of a lifetime. As one of the world’s preeminent experts on the famed twentieth-century composer Frederick Delaney, Bern knows everything there is to know about the man behind the music. When Mallory Roberts, a board member of the distinguished Delaney Foundation and direct descendant of the man himself, asks for Bern’s help authenticating a newly discovered piece, which may be his famous lost opera, RED, he jumps at the chance. With the help of his tech-savvy acquaintance Eboni, Bern soon discovers that the truth is far more complicated than history would have them believe. In 1920s Manhattan, Josephine Reed is living on the streets and frequenting jazz clubs when she meets the struggling musician Fred Delaney. But where young Delaney struggles, Josephine soars. She’s a natural prodigy who hears beautiful music in the sounds of the world around her. With Josephine as his silent partner, Delaney’s career takes off—but who is the real genius here? In the present day, Bern and Eboni begin to uncover more clues that indicate Delaney may have had help in composing his most successful work. Armed with more questions than answers and caught in the crosshairs of a powerful organization who will stop at nothing to keep their secret hidden, Bern and Eboni will move heaven and earth in their dogged quest to right history’s wrongs.”

Please register for each Conversations with Authors Zoom event separately to receive the unique Zoom link for each event! To attend live, you’ll need a Zoom account. You can obtain a free one at www.zoom.us.  Our second annual Conversations with Authors Series – hosted by Adult Services Librarian Donna Braasch and featuring in-depth, 1-hour interviews with NYT Bestselling authors – includes the following authors and their books:  Rebecca Serle, One Italian Summer (May 2023); Brendan SlocumbSymphony of Secrets (June 2023); Gillian McAllisterWrong Place, Wrong Time (July 2023); and Fiona DavisThe Spectacular (August 2023).

Please call the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library at (904) 827-6950 if you need assistance with your RSVP. This special annual series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. These events will be recorded and later shared via SJCPLS’s YouTube channel. You can view last year’s Conversations with Authors Series recordings via this channel, too! Every book featured in our second annual Conversations with Authors Series, plus all the other books these authors have written, are available for checkout with your SJCPLS library card via our catalog and Overdrive.


June 15, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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