The 2019 Penguin Random House Book Fair is returning this year, and the Carroll County Public Library is inviting readers to join New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford at its kick-off at 7 p.m. March 1 at Carroll Community College.
Ford, the author of “Love and Other Consolation Prizes,” “Songs of Willow Frost,” and “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” — which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature — is the son of a Chinese-American father, grew up in Seattle and now lives in Montana with his wife and children.
“We are delighted to be hosting NYT bestselling author Jamie Ford,” said CCPL Communications Director Lisa Picker this week. “Carroll County is a community of readers. We value literacy and opportunities for lifelong learning.
“When an author comes to Carroll, we sell out,” she said.
Last year, Melanie Benjamin spoke at the event, said Picker, “and despite snow, wind, and wide-spread power outages across the area, the room was packed with literature lovers.”
This is the library’s second year helping with an evening author event for the Penguin Random House Book Fair. Before that, both adult and children’s authors were part of activities Saturday, she explained.
“We came up with the idea to move the adult author to the Friday evening spot,” Picker told the Times. “Attendees now make an evening of it — they’ll go out to dinner beforehand and then come here an author and attend the book signing.
“Folks will be able to purchase additional copies of Ford’s other works, and the proceeds benefit the Carroll Community College Foundation,” she said.
Tickets are $15 and include a copy of the anniversary edition of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” They can be purchased at any CCPL branch or online at library.carr.org/bookfair.
This event is a partnership between Penguin Random House, Carroll Community College, A Likely Story Bookstore, and CCPL. Full details on the book fair can be found online: https://www.carrollcc.edu/bookfair.