Sanibel Public Library’s Author Series 2012/2013
(1)Will Shortz – Thursday, December 6, 2012
Will Shortz has been the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times since 1993. He is the puzzlemaster on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and is founder and director of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He is the only person in the world to hold a college degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned from Indiana University in 1974. Shortz is the author or editor of more than 100 books.
(2) Robert K. Massie – Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013
With over six million books sold worldwide, Robert K. Massie is widely regarded as the foremost expert on the Russian royal family, earning a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great; and a respected authority on World War I military history. His first book Nicholas and Alexandra, which remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for 46 weeks, was translated into 17 languages, and made into a film nominated for nine Academy Awards. His book, Peter the Great: His Life and World, won a Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Mr. Massie then went on to write Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War, The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, and Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea. His most recent book is Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, published in 2011, for which he won the first Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.
(3) Peter Bergen – Monday, February 11, 2013
Peter Bergen’s most recent book, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden–from 9/11 to Abbottabad was released in May 2012. One of the few Westerners to interview Osama bin Laden, journalist Peter Bergen is an authority on foreign policy, national security, and the new generation of terrorism. Bergen wrote the bestseller The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda. He also wrote Holy War, Inc., which has been translated into 18 languages, and The Osama bin Laden I Know. Bergen has written prolifically on al Qaeda and terrorism for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and TIME.
(4) Judy Collins – Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The definition of a living legend, Judy Collins has had a major influence on culture for decades. Her books and music have inspired millions during her 50-year career as an artist. An innately creative individual, Collins is known for her songs, books, and watercolors. She wrote the bestseller Sanity and Grace, which focuses on suicide recovery and is based on her own experience with the tragic loss of her son’s life. In Morning Noon and Night: Living the Creative Life, she offered an enthralling look into her creative mind, carefully describing her approach to the creative process. Her newest book is the 2011 memoir Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, an evocative, deeply personal account of her life.
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The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad