Author Series 2018 – 2019

Sanibel Public Library

The Sanibel Public Library is thrilled to announce its 2018-19 Author Series lineup. The Library, partnering with the Sanibel Public Library Foundation, Inc., is celebrating more than a decade of success in bringing high caliber, best-selling authors to the Library. Past guests of the series include Joyce Carol Oates, Sue Monk Kidd, Jodi Picoult, Clive Cussler, Lee Child, Dennis Lehane, Frances Mayes, Erik Larson, Christina Baker Kline, Mary Alice Monroe, and Margaret Atwood.


Hampton Sides 

Hampton Sides is best-known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories set in war or depicting epic expeditions. He is the author of the bestselling histories Ghost SoldiersBlood and ThunderHellhound On His Trail, and, most recently, In the Kingdom of Ice, which recounts the heroic polar voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette during the Gilded Age. His next book, On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle, is due out in Fall of 2018. Hampton is editor-at-large for Outside and a frequent contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. His 2010 book, Hellhound On His Trail is about the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and the international manhunt for James Earl Ray. The book was the basis for the documentary, Roads to Memphis (on the PBS show, “The American Experience”). Ghost Soldiers, a World War II narrative, was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film, The Great Raid. Hampton’s Blood and Thunder, about the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by Time magazine and is currently under development for the screen.


Lily King

Lily King’s first novel, The Pleasing Hour (1999) won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and was a New York Times Notable Book. Her second, The English Teacher, was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year, a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the Maine Fiction Award. Her 2010 novel, Father of the Rain, was a New York Times Editors Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Novel of the Year and winner of both the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Maine Fiction Award. Lily’s latest novel, Euphoria, won the 2014 Kirkus Award for Fiction, the New England Book Award for Fiction, and was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Awards. Euphoria was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review. It was included in TIME’s Top 10 Fiction and the Amazon Best Books lists. Reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review, Emily Eakin called Euphoria, “a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace.” The novel is being translated into numerous languages and a feature film is underway.


Lisa Scottoline

Back by popular demand, Lisa Scottoline. Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 31 novels, including her 2018 work, After Anna. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many others, have been collected in a bestselling series of memoirs including I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses, and earlier books, I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The PoolI’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong PlacesDoes This Beach Make Me Look Fat?Have a Nice Guilt Trip; Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim; My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space; and Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, which has been optioned for TV. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in more than 35 countries.

Author Series Ticket Request Lottery Process

The Sanibel Public Library’s ticketing procedure ensures as many as possible have the opportunity to meet the authors and attend an Author Series event. Requests for Author Series tickets may be made beginning on the dates listed. Names of those requesting tickets will be placed in a lottery and selected at random, and then be notified by email. Tickets are available at no charge to Sanibel Public Library cardholders; one card per person; two tickets per card. Library patrons may receive a maximum of two tickets per person. Tickets must be requested online at If you are unable to access the online form or if you would like assistance using the online form, the Library will have personnel and a computer set aside for your use. Online requests begin at 9 a.m. on the dates listed, and continue for 24 hours. Requests made before or after that time will not be honored. Make sure you have a current library card before you request tickets. Author Series events will be held at Sanibel Public Library’s newly “Reimagined” space. Library cards are available to Sanibel and Lee County residents at no charge. Visitor cards may be obtained for a $10 fee, and a visitor card is valid for one year.  Call the Sanibel Public Library at (239) 472-2483 for more information.

  Sanibel Public Library Author Series 2018- 2019  
Author Ticket Requests Accepted for 24 Hours Starting   Author Series Evening
Hampton Sides 9 AM Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Thursday, January 31, 2019
Lily King 9 AM Saturday, January 12, 2019 Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Lisa Scottoline 9 AM Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Major funding for the Author Series is provided by the Sanibel Public Library Foundation, Inc. and its generous donors. For more information about the Foundation or to make a donation, call 472-2483.