Literary Society


Lisa Gardner authorLisa Gardner Printable Invitation#1 New York Times best-selling crime thriller novelist

Main Library,
Thurs., Oct. 18, 2018

The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC) will welcome Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, for the Library’s 15th Literary Society fundraising event on Thursday, October 18, in the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a cocktail and appetizer reception. Seating for the lecture is at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65.

The $65 admission price includes membership in the PLYMC Literary Society and an autographed book. Reservations are required in advance. For information or to reserve a spot, call the Library Development Office at 330-740-6086. To attend, send a check made payable to the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County – Literary Society, and mail Attn: Fiscal Officer, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, 305 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44503.

The Main Library will be closed all day on Thursday, October 18, to prepare for the Literary Society event. All other libraries in the PLYMC system will be observe their regular hours.

This event is sponsored by Denise DeBartolo York, Huntington Bank Trust – The Frank & Pearl Gelbman Charitable Trust, and Carol A. Bacon Literary Society Fund.

For information and reservations, contact Deborah Liptak, Development Director, at 330-740-6086 or e-mail:

Hailed as “one of the best-known names in all of thrillerdom,” Lisa Gardner has an undeniable talent for creating irresistible page-turners. With over 22 million books in print in 30 countries, her compelling suspense novels captivate audiences all over the world. Gardner, who began her career as a research analyst, combines her passion for investigation with her fascination for police procedure, forensic analysis and gripping plots to create novels like The Neighbor, Right Behind You, Find Her, and many more. In her forthcoming novel, Look For Me (February 2018), Detective D. D. Warren and Find Her’s Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to save a young girl’s life.

Look For Me book

Literary Society committee

Library Literary Society Planning Committee – These Literary Society committee members recently met to plan the October 18 event: (front, from left) Beth Lenzi, Library Development Director Deborah Liptak, Carol Sankovic, (back) Anna Marie Jones, Amy Chismar, Julie Costas, Doris Layfield and Betty Cmil.

A self-described “research junkie,” Gardner speaks passionately about her involved writing process. In order to make sure her twisty thrillers are as authentic as possible, she has worked alongside FBI profilers, interviewed probation offices, and consulted psychiatrists about possible motives. She even attended the Writers’ Police Academy, where she spent two days learning hands-on techniques from homicide detectives, SWAT team snipers, search dog handlers, bomb squad technicians, emergency responders, and forensic teams. As much a methodical planner as she is a writer and researcher, Gardner conducts practical, informative workshops on plotting, character development, and becoming a productive and successful writer.

Gardner has appeared on TruTV and CNN, and four of her books have been adapted for the small screen (At the Midnight Hour, The Perfect Husband, The Survivors Club, and Hide). Her novel, The Neighbor, was recognized as the “Best Hardcover Novel” by the International Thriller Writers in the United States and received the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle in France. In 2000, Gardner received the Daphne du Maurier Award for The Other Daughter. She also received the Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers in 2017 for her work on behalf of at-risk children and the Humane Society. She currently lives in New Hampshire with her family.

Photo of donation by Bacon family to create the Carol A. Bacon Literary Society Author Fund. In the photo are: Dr. David Ritchie, Aimee Fifarek, James Bacon, and Deborah Liptak

Library Foundation Adds Carol A. Bacon Literary Society Author Fund with $75,000 Donation in Memory by Family

The Carol A. Bacon Literary Society Author Fund has been created in the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County’s (PLYMC) Foundation. The fund was created with a $75,000 donation made in Mrs. Bacon’s memory by her husband, James Bacon, and her family. LEARN MORE

Pictured in photo are: (from left) Dr. David Ritchie, Library Trustee President; Aimee Fifarek, Library Executive Director; James Bacon; and Deborah Liptak, Library Development Director.

Author Events Bring Great Books to Life!

Literary Society logoDonation Books buttonThe Library’s Literary Society was launched in 2005, the Library’s 125th anniversary year. The Literary Society is comprised of generous individuals who care deeply about the Library and would like to bring to our community special programs, including noted authors, to celebrate reading and literacy.

The Literary Society’s first author event, in October 2005, featured Pulitzer Prize nominated author, Mary Doria Russell. Each year, the Literary Society features noted authors such as: award-winning crime novelist Laura Lippman; Cleveland’s famous mystery author Les Roberts; Scott London, internationally known journalist and photographer; and New York Times bestselling authors Adriana Trigiani, Lisa Scottoline, Tess Gerrittsen, and Carol Higgins Clark.

To find out more about how your gift can make a lasting difference in your community, contact Deborah Liptak, Development Director, at: (330) 740-6086 or click here to email:

 Each year, the Literary Society features noted authors such as:
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Jennifer Weiner
Best-selling Author
Jessica Fellowes
Author of Downton
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Carol Higgins Clark
Best-selling Author
Tess Gerritsen READ posterAdriana Trigiani READ posterLisa Scottoline READ poster
Tess Gerritsen
Best-selling Author
Adriana Trigiani
Best-selling Author
Lisa Scottoline
Best-selling Author