Two Virginia authors to take part in library’s Visiting Author Series

- Posted on Mar 06, 2019 - 01:22 PM

Photo: Brad Parks, left, and Earl Swift will be guest speakers in Mathews Memorial Library's upcoming Visiting Author Series.

Brad Parks, left, and Earl Swift will be guest speakers in Mathews Memorial Library's upcoming Visiting Author Series.

Two noted Virginia authors  will appear at Mathews Memorial Library this spring as part of the library’s Visiting Author Series.

Brad Parks, whose recently published book, “Say Nothing,” received the People’s Choice Award for Fiction at the 21st Annual Library of Virginia Literacy Awards Celebration honoring Virginia writers, will be at the library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. A former journalist for the Washington Post and former resident of Middlesex, Parks has appeared at the library on several occasions in discussion of his mysteries, one of which featured Mathews as the setting for the novel.

Earl Swift, author of “Chesapeake Requiem,” will visit the library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. His book takes an intimate look at Tangier Island, its past, present and tenuous future. A veteran journalist, Swift made his home among the residents of Tangier for more than a year after thinking for some time that writing a book on the island was something he “wanted to do.” As a result, he saw firsthand not only the encroaching waters that threaten the island, but also the degree to which the residents are bound together as a community.

The programs are open to the public, free of charge. Copies of both books will be available for purchase and are also available at the library for checkout. 

For more information, call 804-725-5747 or visit www.mathewslibrary.org.