In our 30 year history, the Canton Public Library has connected readers with authors, both on the printed page and with live author visits. In November of 1991, Detroit-based author Elmore Leonard, fresh off the release of Get Shorty, visited and signed autographs for patrons. In 2006, Everyone's Reading author Robert Kurson told a spell-bound audience his true adventure tale of shipwrecks and scuba divers in Shadow Divers. That year we also sponsored Sonya Sones, popular teen writer, on a visit to the Plymouth-Canton high schools. National Book Award nominee MT Anderson presented his historical fiction book The Astonishing Tale of Octavian Nothing: The Pox Party. Another Everyone's Reading author and 2004 National Book Award winner Kevin Boyle spoke to a packed house about his book, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age, a true story of the trial of Detroiter Ossian Sweet. Recently, we hosted Detroit author Michael Zadoorian as he read from his critically acclaimed book, The Leisure Seeker. One of our most popular programs was the visit of attorney and master of the crime fiction genre, Scott Turow. His book, Presumed Innocent, was the 2010 Everyone's Reading selection.
You don't have to be famous or a best-selling writer to have an author talk at CPL. We also host an annual local author day that features up and coming Canton and surrounding area authors.
(photo, left to right: Elmore Leonard, Robert Kurson, MT Anderson, Kevin Boyle, Sonya Sones, Michael Zadoorian, Scott Turow)