2022 Nick Linn Lecture Series: In-Person and Virtual

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Celebrating 19 years of the Nick Linn Lecture Series!

The Nick Linn Lecture Series is our annual winter lecture and luncheon series featuring four major bestselling authors.  This year’s series will be in-person plus we are offering the virtual series. The series is named for Friends past president, long-time board member and benefactor Nick Linn.

2022 Lecture Series

Kristin Harmel

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling, and #1 international bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names, The Winemaker’s Wife, and a dozen other novels that have been translated into twenty-nine languages and are sold all over the world.

A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has been writing professionally since the age of 16, when she began her career as a sportswriter, covering Major League Baseball and NHL hockey for a local magazine in Tampa Bay, Florida in the late 1990s.  After stints covering health and lifestyle for American Baby, Men’s Health, and Woman’s Day, she became a reporter for PEOPLE magazine while still in college and spent more than a decade working for the publication, covering everything from the Super Bowl to high-profile murders to celebrity interviews.  Her favorite stories at PEOPLE, however, were the “Heroes Among Us” features – tales of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

In addition to a long magazine writing career (which also included articles published in Travel + Leisure, Glamour, Ladies’ Home Journal, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and more), Kristin was also a frequent contributor to the national television morning show The Daily Buzz and has appeared on Good Morning America and numerous local television morning shows.

Kristin was born just outside Boston, Massachusetts and spent her childhood there, as well as in Columbus, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Florida.  After graduating with a degree in journalism (with a minor in Spanish) from the University of Florida, she spent time living in Paris and Los Angeles and now lives in Orlando, with her husband and young son.  She is also the co-founder and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction.

Susan Wiggs

Monday, February 7, 2022

Susan Wiggs’s life is all about family, friends…and fiction. She lives at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather, she commutes to her writers’ group in a 21-foot motorboat. She’s been featured in the national media, including NPR, PRI, and USA Today, has given programs for the US Embassies in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and is a popular speaker locally, nationally, internationally, and on the high seas.

From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature. Today, she is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries and languages. According to Publishers Weekly, Wiggs writes with “refreshingly honest emotion,” and the Salem Statesman Journal adds that she is “one of our best observers of stories of the heart [who] knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book.” Booklist characterizes her books as “real and true and unforgettable.”

The author is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book. She lives on an island in Puget Sound, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.

Brad Taylor

Monday, February 28, 2022

Brad Taylor, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces, including eight years with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta, popularly known as Delta Force.  Taylor retired in 2010 after serving more than two decades and participating in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as classified operations around the globe.  His final military post was as Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel.  Brad has written fourteen New York Times bestsellers.  When not writing, he serves as a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies.  He lives in Charleston, SC with his wife and two daughters.

Scott Turow

Monday, March 21, 2022

Scott Turow is a writer and lawyer.  He is the author of twelve bestselling works of fiction, including Presumed InnocentThe Burden of Proof, and his most recent novel, another New York Times bestseller, The Last Trial.  He is also the author of two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student.  His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects.  He has frequently contributed essays and op-eds to publications such as The New York TimesWashington PostVanity FairThe New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Turow has been a partner in the Chicago office of Dentons US, LLP, an international law firm, since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense, while also devoting a substantial part of his time to pro bono matters.  He has served on a number of public bodies, including the Illinois Commission on Capital Punishment to recommend reforms to Illinois’ death penalty system, and was the first Chair of Illinois’ Executive Ethics Commission which was created in 2004 to regulate executive branch employees in the Illinois State government.  He was also President of the Authors Guild, the nation’s largest membership organization of professional writers, and is an Emeritus Trustee of Amherst College.

Venue & Virtual Details

The 2022 Nick Linn Lecture Series will be held in-person and virtually.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
2600 Tiburon Dr., Naples, FL

Virtual Attendees will receive a link and a password at a later date.

Event Schedule

Publisher Series – Pre-Lecture Reception:  11:15 am

Luncheon & Raffle:  12:00 pm

Contact Information

A Special Thank You to our 2021 Nick Linn Virtual Author Series Sponsors:
First Florida Integrity Bank Logo | Friends of the Library of Collier County Donors
BAM Books A Million Logo
Publix Super Markets Charities Logo | Friends of the Library of Collier County Donors
The Calleja Group at Morgan Stanley

See Past Nick Linn Lecture Series Authors