WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library welcomes award-winning and bestselling author Jeffery Deaver as the featured speaker for its Fall Dinner and Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall, and begins at 6 p.m. with a book signing and reception. The program follows at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7:15 p.m. Copies of Deaver’s works will be sold during the book signing and following the program. This event is co-sponsored by FOHL and Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.
Reservations are required. Tickets for the dinner event are $35 per person, and reservations and payments must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 30. Members of FOHL and Friends of the Wilson County Public Library may reserve tickets for $30 per person. Table reservations must be for a total of eight persons.
A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, Deaver is an international bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists including the “New York Times,” the “Los Angeles Times,” the “Times of London,” the “Sydney Morning Herald,” and Italy’s “Corriere della Sera.” His books are sold in 150 countries and have been translated into more than 25 languages.
The author of more than 30 novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book, Deaver has received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. His “The Bodies Left Behind” was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers’ Association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller, “The Broken Window” and a standalone, “Edge,” were also nominated for that prize. “The Cold Moon” was named the Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers’ Association of Japan. In addition, Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers’ of America, an Anthony Award, and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Writer.
His book, “A Maiden’s Grave,” was made into an HBO movie staring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and his novel, “The Bone Collector,” was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Deaver also made a cameo appearance as a corrupt reporter on his favorite soap opera, “As the World Turns.”
Deaver was born outside Chicago. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.