2025 NONFICTION AUTHOR SERIES

Get your tickets before they are sold out!

We are pleased to announce that next year’s Nonfiction Author Series will again be held at the Hilton Naples and will again include breakfast (both hot and cold).

Tickets will be available initially only for the entire series of four events.  Ticket prices remain unchanged from last season:  $350 for Members for all four events, and $395 for Non-Members for all four events (and for those who are interested, a Friends membership is $40).  The Friends’ mission is to generate money to support the 10-branch Collier County Libraries (and, for that reason, a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. 

We will make a determination at a later date whether to sell tickets for individual presentations. 

Seating is limited, and so it would be good to purchase your tickets sooner rather than later.

The author presentations will begin shortly after 9:15 am on the dates referenced below.  The author’s book will be available for sale and autograph at the end of each session.

Michael Finkel

Monday, January 20, 2025

The Art Thief, New York Times best-seller, tells the riveting story of Stéphane Breitwieser, a Frenchman who, at the age of 24, began to steal high-priced art with abandon.  Like many other art thieves, Breitwieser identified valuable art located in museums and cathedrals.  But unlike other art thieves, Breitwieser did not abscond the art to enrich his life with money.  Instead, he situated the art in secret rooms where he and his girlfriend – who often acted as a lookout – could admire the beauty of their heists.  Their world came crashing down after almost eight years of unbridled success because Breitwieser wrongly believed that his ingenuity and athleticism could overcome any risk.  The Wall Street Journal said The Art Thief is a “mesmerizing true-crime psychological thriller,” and the Washington Post called the book “enthralling.”  Amazon identified it as one of the ten best books of 2023.

Michael Finkel, a journalist of national repute, is the author of True Story: Memoir, Murder, Mea Culpa, which was made into a movie starring Jonah Hill and James Franco, and The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, which was also a New York Times best-seller.

Photo Credit:  Doug Loneman

Elizabeth B. White

Monday, February 3, 2025

The Counterfeit Countess tells the astonishing story of Josephine Janina Mehlberg, a Jewish mathematician who used a false ID to portray herself as a Polish aristocrat – Countess Janina Suchodolska – and then invoked her status to orchestrate the release of thousands of Poles from Nazi concentration camps.  The saga unfolded in the General Government, the area of Poland occupied by the Nazis, and required Mehlberg to fool the SS leaders who operated out of Lublin – knowing that disclosure of her true identity would lead to her immediate execution.  The Wall Street Journal called the book “a memorable, inspiring tale of individual heroism.”  The Jewish Book Council agreed, saying that The Counterfeit Countess is “a gripping tale of one woman’s grit and courage in the face of unimaginable terror.”

Elizabeth B. White recently retired as the Research Director for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide.  Prior to her service with the Holocaust Memorial Museum, she was the Deputy Chief of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the United States Department of Justice, an office which investigated and prosecuted former Nazis.

Photo Credit:  Erica Land

Erik Larson

Monday, February 24, 2025

The Demon of Unrest, a New York Times best-seller, draws upon personal diaries, slave ledgers, and plantation records to tell the gripping story of America in the months between Abraham Lincoln’s election as president in November 1860 and the Confederacy’s shelling of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in April 1861.  Lincoln himself wrote that the trials of those five months were “so great that, could I have anticipated them, I would not have believed it possible to survive them.”  People magazine said the book encompasses a “tale of tension and tragedy, clashing egos, miscommunication, power, and betrayal.”  And the Los Angeles Times said the book provides “a riveting examination of a nation in tumult.”

Erik Larson is the author of six other New York Times best-sellers, including The Spendid and the Vile and The Devil in White City.

Photo Credit:  Nina Subin

Adam Lazarus

Monday, March 17, 2025

The Wingmen examines the 50-year friendship between two American icons: John Glenn, the ever-courteous military pilot who achieved fame as the first astronaut to circle the globe, and Ted Williams, the foul-mouthed left fielder for the Boston Red Sox who was then – and remains – the last baseball player to hit over .400 in a season.  The friendship was forged in 1953 when they served as wingmen in the Marine Corps who piloted separate Panther jets during the Korean War.  It was a friendship that remained intact for the rest of their lives.  Sports commentator Bob Costas said the book presents a “compelling story of the enduring bond between two geniune American heroes.”  A finalist for the 2023 Casey Award as the Best Baseball Book of the Year.

Adam Lazarus is the author of several sports books, including Hail to the Redskins: Gibbs, the Diesel, the Hogs, and the Glory Day of D.C.’s Football Dynasty, and Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont.

Photo Credit:  Headshots Photography, LLC, Atlanta Georgia

Location Details

We are pleased to announce that the 2025 Nonfiction Author Series will be held in person at the Hilton Naples.

5111 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL 34103
Directions

Event Schedule

Breakfast at 8:30 am, featuring choices of hot and cold entrees, including eggs with bacon and sausage, cereals, yogurts, fruits, a variety of breads, juice, and coffee.

Lecture to begin shortly after 9:15 am

Book signing to follow.

Tickets

$350 – Friends member

$395 – Not a Friends member

PURCHASE TICKETS

Contact Information

Email: Marlene Haywood at mhaywood@collier-friends.org.

Call:  239-262-8135

Nonfiction Author Series Gallery

Lew Paper, Chairman of the Nonfiction Author Series, Patricia DeGroot, Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Board Members, Cindy Ruddy, VP, Dan Kozlowski and Saul Curtis
Author Buzz Bissinger, Janet Del Prete and John Aliberti
Jack Davis
Amanda M. Fairbanks
Elizabeth Letts

We will soon update the website with sponsors for the 2025 Nonfiction Author Series. In the meantime, we want to thank again our sponsors for the 2024 Nonfiction Author Series.

Platinum Level

BAM Books A Million Logo
Bigham Jewelers 2021 Nonfiction Author Series Sponsors | Friends of the Library of Collier County
Stock Development 2021 Nonfiction Author Series Sponsors | Friends of the Library of Collier County

The Club at Olde Cypress

Gold Level

John R. Wood Properties

Gulf Coast International Properties

Silver Level

The Capital Grille Logo

Wynn’s Market

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AND POLICIES

  • WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ATTENDEES AT OUR EVENTS TO FOLLOW THE PROTOCOLS ESTABLISHED BY OUR VENUE HOSTS. UNVACCINATED PATRONS ARE REQUESTED TO WEAR MASKS.
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