Author of one of the top reads of 2015, Minnesota author Faith Sullivan has plenty of fans around the country.
If you’re one of them, you’re in for a treat this Saturday, when she appears for a reading and book-signing at the Lake City’s city hall, 205 W. Center St., sponsored by the Lake City Public Library. It starts at 10:30 a.m.
Sullivan’s book, “Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse,” was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 10 fiction books of 2015. This is Sullivan’s first novel in 10 years and her fourth set in the fictional town of Harvester, Minn.
“We have hosted authors in the past, and it has become a very popular event,” said Patti Bross, director at the Lake City Library. Sullivan’s appearance, though, is a particularly nice feather in the library’s cap.
Sometimes authors talk about characters in their book, sometimes they speak about the writing process itself.
“It is a great opportunity for discussion, along with questions and answers, it gives the audience a new perspective into the book and the author,” Bross said.
“Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse” is about the simple, restorative joy of reading. It features heroine Nell, who overcomes challenges in her small town through books she reads and loves. She finds particular joy in the beloved British novelist P. G. Wodehouse. Sullivan carries Nell across 60 years, beginning in the early 1900s, and sees her through widowhood, the loss of a child and World War I. Along the way, she celebrates the incredible power of great novels.
Sullivan, a teacher at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, was one of the first Twin Cities authors to promote her books through meetings with book clubs.
“I love getting outstate and really need to keep in touch with the people and libraries outside the Twin Cities because these are the communities I write about,” Sullivan said.
Kate Halvorson, Lake City resident and a local author, was part of one of Sullivan’s writing groups for three years and said Sullivan estimates she has spoken to more than 1,000 clubs around the state in homes, libraries, restaurants and churches.
“I was so fortunate to share her knowledge and compassion for the art of writing,” Halvorson said. “She truly is a reader’s friend, and her books exemplify that. I think those who attend the Saturday event will feel like she is a new friend.”
The free event will be held in the ballroom of city hall across the street from the new Lake City library, which doesn’t open until Feb. 1.
To celebrate the grand opening, additional authors are scheduled for six Saturdays beginning Feb. 6. For more information, go to lakecity.lib.mn.us.
If you go:
What: Public appearance by author Faith Sullivan
When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Lake City City Hall, 205 W. Center St.