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A Slice of Literary Orange – Previous Authors

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                                       A Slice of Literary Orange is a series featuring keynote speakers throughout the year at various venues across the county,
                                       with no cost for attendees. These events take place at library locations or with the support of community partners. 

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                                       We continue to celebrate literacy and promote books and reading!  



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Douglas Preston

In conversation with Paddy Hirsch

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 11:30 am

DOUGLAS PRESTON is the author of 36 books, both fiction and nonfiction, 29 of which have been New York Times bestsellers, with several reaching the number 1 position. He has worked as an editor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. He is former president of the Authors Guild, the nation's oldest and largest association of authors and journalists.

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Mitch Albom

Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 6:30 pm

MITCH ALBOM is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold more than 40 million copies worldwide; have been published in 49 territories and in 48 languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.

This project is funded in part through a grant from the California Department of Aging, as allocated by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.


Janelle Brown

Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 6:30 pm

JANELLE BROWN is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels I'II Be You, Pretty Things, Watch Me Disappear, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, and This Is Where We Live. Her books have been sold in two dozen countries around the world. Pretty Things - named a Best Book of 2020 by Amazon - and I'II Be You are both currently being adapted for television.


Karin Slaughter

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 6:30pm

KARIN SLAUGHTER is one of the world's most popular storytellers, and the author of more than 20 instant New York Times bestselling novels. Coming this August is After That Night, the next installment in her bestselling Will Trent series - which is also now a hit series on ABC and streaming on Hulu.


Daniel Silva

In conversation with Jamie Gangel

Monday, July 24, 2023 at 6:30 pm

He has been called his generation’s finest writer of international intrigue and one of the greatest American spy novelists ever. Compelling, passionate, haunting, brilliant: these are the words that have been used to describe the work of award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author DANIEL SILVA.

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Nancy Horan

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 6:30 pm

Nancy Horan is the New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank and Under the Wide and Starry SkyLoving Frank remained on the NYT list for over a year, has been translated into sixteen languages and received the 2009 Prize for Historical Fiction from the Society of American Historians. A native Midwesterner, Horan was a teacher and journalist before turning to fiction. She lived for 25 years in Oak Park, Illinois, where she raised her two sons, and she now lives with her husband on an island in Puget Sound.

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David Grann

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at 6:30pm

DAVID GRANN is the New Yorker writer and bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z. Known for his compelling stories, Grann has been called "The man Hollywood can't stop reading," with four of his New Yorker articles adapted for the screen. 

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Steve Berry

Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 6:30pm

STEVE BERRY is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of twenty-one novels. His books have been translated into 41 languages with over 25 million copies in 52 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and lndie bestseller lists.

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Adriana Trigiani

Friday, April 21, 2023 at 6:30 pm

ADRIANA TRIGIANI is the New York Times best-selling author of twenty books in fiction and non-fiction, published in 38 languages around the world. She is also an award-winning playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker.

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Susan Orlean

In conversation with Samantha Dunn

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 6:30 pm

SUSAN ORLEAN is a journalist, television writer, and bestselling author of The Orchid Thief and The Library Book. She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, and has contributed articles to many magazines including Vogue, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Outside.

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Marie Benedict

Wednesday, February 1, 2023  at 6:30pm

MARIE BENEDICT is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Her Hidden Genius, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, The Only Woman in the Room, Lady Clementine, Carnegie's Maid, and The Other Einstein. All have been translated into multiple languages.