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August 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Virtual Programs

Join us for second annual Conversations with Authors – our popular Zoom series featuring in-depth, 1-hour interviews by Adult Services Librarian Anne Crawford with popular NYT Bestselling authors – for 2023! This month’s Conversations with Authors event features Fiona Davis, author of The Spectacular. RSVPs are required and will close two days before this event on August 22 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 The Spectacular by Fiona Davis:  “New York City, 1956: Nineteen-year-old Marion Brooks knows she should be happy. Her high school sweetheart is about to propose and sweep her off to the life everyone has always expected they’d have together: a quiet house in the suburbs, Marion staying home to raise their future children. But instead, Marion finds herself feeling trapped. So when she comes across an opportunity to audition for the famous Radio City Rockettes—the glamorous precision-dancing troupe—she jumps at the chance to exchange her predictable future for the dazzling life of a performer. Meanwhile, the city is reeling from a string of bombings orchestrated by a person the press has nicknamed the “Big Apple Bomber,” who has been terrorizing the citizens of New York for sixteen years by planting bombs in popular, crowded spaces. With the public in an uproar over the lack of any real leads after a years long manhunt, the police turn in desperation to Peter Griggs, a young doctor at a local mental hospital who espouses a radical new technique: psychological profiling. As both Marion and Peter find themselves unexpectedly pulled in to the police search for the bomber, Marion realizes that as much as she’s been training herself to blend in—performing in perfect unison with all the other identical Rockettes—if she hopes to catch the bomber, she’ll need to stand out and take a terrifying risk. In doing so, she may be forced to sacrifice everything she’s worked for, as well as the people she loves the most.

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 Anne Crawford 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.


August 24
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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"Conversations with Authors" Zoom Event - Fiona Davis, "The Spectacular"

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