While baseball fans look to April to once again hear the crack of a bat ring out around the plate, literary fans have their own heavy hitters to look forward to.
The Carroll County Public Library, in partnership with Carroll Lutheran Village and A Likely Story Bookstore in Sykesville, will bring bestselling authors Dave Barry and Lisa Scottoline to Carroll County within days of each other.
Scottoline, the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award-winning author of 32 novels, will debut her newest book, “Someone Knows,” and kick off her book tour in Westminster.
Barry’s event, which is sold out but has opened a waiting list, celebrates the start of National Library Week by inviting the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author to give a talk at Carroll Lutheran Village on Saturday about his new book, “Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog.”
An Evening with Lisa Scottoline takes place Monday, a day before the official release of the book. Attendees will get a copy, so they can start digging into the psychological thriller a day earlier than other readers.
After her talk, Scottoline, of Philadelphia, will sign books and other titles from her catalog will be available to purchase from A Likely Story Bookstore. No outside books are permitted at the book signing.
“Someone Knows” centers on five young people who grew up in an insular community where carefully curated appearances can be deceptive. Three return home, where they face an unbearable secret they all share.
“With inspiration from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment,’ ‘Someone Knows’ explores the guilt that ripples from a twenty-year-old tragedy that took one teenager’s life and forever changed many others. She reveals how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, how ‘not guilty’ doesn’t always mean ‘innocent’ and how the worst punishment for a crime may well be what happens in the criminal’s mind and heart afterwards,” according to a news release.
The book is hotly anticipated as a Barnes & Noble Top Fiction Pick for April, a Goodreads Most Anticipated Mystery & Thriller for Spring and the Amazon Mystery & Thriller Best Book of the Month.
Scottoline goes on stage at 7 p.m. April 8 at the Carroll Arts Center, at 91 W. Main St. in Westminster. Tickets are $29 and include a copy of the book. Tickets can be purchased at www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org.
Double Dog Dare Rescue will be collecting donations of supplies at the event. Their most-needed items are monetary donations, puppy pads, bleach, wipes, paper towels, crates, collars, leashes and gas gift cards to defray transport costs.