Sno-Isle Libraries offers online Open Book author series for 2021

Sno-Isle Libraries is gathering favorite authors from the Pacific Northwest and around the world to meet its customers online. 

Open Book is Sno-Isle Libraries new online author series, with monthly events that will start in January.

Open Book will be open-ended, Sno-Isle Libraries Program Coordinator Anne Murphy said.

The series starts Jan. 19 with Open Book: Terry Brooks, the prolific Seattle science-fiction and  fantasy writer. His long-running series based on “The Sword of Shannara” and dozens of other titles have inspired several generations of readers. Brooks was scheduled to headline Sno-Isle Libraries WhidbeyCon event in April before the event was cancelled due to coronavirus.

Open Book: Aron Nels Steinke continues the series on Jan. 26. Steinke is the author of the award-winning children’s book series “Mr. Wolf’s Class.”

Sno-Isle Libraries created a staff team in November to start working on Open Book with a simple mission: “Let’s do an authors’ series in 2021. Think big!”

From that broad outline, Murphy and her teammates envisioned a monthly, online event, with authors from a wide range of genres. The intention is to have one adult author and one youth or teen author do Open Book each month.

For guidance, team members looked at the successes of online author events Sno-Isle Libraries had with J.A. Jance in September and Nancy Pearl in November.

The Open Book team quickly started nominating a diverse group of their favorite authors for consideration. The list grew to 102 author nominees. Many live and work in the Puget Sound region. Others will join Open Book from much farther away. Some are up and coming authors. At least one might be a household name with a book that became a tearjerker of a movie in 2019.

While the Open Book team finalizes the details on Brooks’ virtual visit, team members continue to contact prospective guest authors and confirm arrangements for additional dates. Discover recommended reading and see upcoming events and author previews at sno-isle.org/openbook.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is sponsoring Open Book.

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