Who doesn’t love an author book talk? Authors love book talks because it gives them the opportunity to connect with their readers and fans. It’s an opportunity to introduce themselves, as well as their books, to an audience. They hope to provide background information about their books and interest audience members enough to purchase the books.
Audiences love book talks because they get a behind-the-scenes look at the writing and creative process. They get to hear amusing, unusual or interesting stories surrounding the book. These are stories about the actual process of writing the book, the author’s personal stories that connect to characters and plot lines, and stories from the author’s life that provided inspiration for the book.
Author book talks are the staple of bookstores, libraries, literary festivals, weekend retreats, middle schools, high schools and book clubs. Everyone enjoys hearing from a “published” author and getting to know the person behind the name on the cover of the book. Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of this year’s Raynham Reads selection, Trust Me, gives a book talk at the South School Community Center on Wednesday, April 10, as part of Raynham Reads 2019…a little mystery. What can you expect to hear?
An author’s book talk appearance usually involves three parts: introduction of self and personal background, reading selections from the book, and question and answer period.
Ryan’s background is particularly interesting and varied. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, who after a brief stint as an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine, began her career in television news, first in Indianapolis then Atlanta, as political reporter and weekend anchor. Ryan joined Boston’s WHDH in 1983 as a general assignment reporter and was subsequently named principal reporter for the station’s investigative unit. She has won numerous Emmy Awards and Edward R. Murrow Awards for her investigative and consumer reporting. Ryan is also a nationally bestselling author of 11 mystery novels who has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.”
Ryan’s book talk about Trust Me is sure to spark a lively question and answer period, since there are so many twists and turns in the plot line. We welcome Hank Phillippi Ryan to Raynham and invite the public to attend the event. Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase. The South School Community Center is located at 305 South St. E in Raynham. Raynham Reads is a community read sponsored by the Friends of the Raynham Public Library, the Raynham Cultural Council and the Raynham Public Library.
Haven’t yet read the book? Copies are available at the library.