Two days of originally scheduled presentations by best-selling author Mark Gimenez now will be consolidated into one at the Museum Center at Five Points, according to Rita Cannon, a member of the Friends of the Library Association board of directors.
FOLA is the sponsoring organization that is bringing the popular Gimenez to Cleveland as part of its Fall Author Luncheon fundraiser.
The widely read novelist was originally planning to make appearances on both Oct. 16 and Oct. 18; however, due to unforeseen circumstances in the author’s schedule, the two-day event is being merged into a single day — Thursday, Oct. 18, Cannon explained. All previously announced activities will take place, and all will be hosted at the museum in downtown Cleveland.
The entire slate of events is as follows:
n “Morning With Mark” (10 a.m.), a workshop designed for authors, would-be authors and creative writing students; limited to 50 people, and no fee is required.
n “Merchants Alley” (10 a.m.), featuring Cleveland Therapeutics Massage, Museum Gift Shop, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Orange Blossom Boutique, The Shoe Tree and more.
n “Fall Author Luncheon” (11:45 a.m.), catered by Impressions Catering of Cleveland; and the luncheon fee is $35.
n “Meet the Author” party (5:30 to 7 p.m.), which will be a more intimate meeting with Gimenez, and will include wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres also catered by Impressions Catering; limited to 80 people with a fee of $75 per person.
n “Evening Book Review and Signing” (7:30 p.m.), with fees of $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Deadline for making reservations is Monday, Oct. 15. Reservations may be made by calling the library at 423-472-2163.
All funds raised by FOLA are used to support the organization’s ongoing programs and activities, and to support the ever-expanding services at the Cleveland Bradley Public Library.
“We don’t call this necessarily a major fundraiser,” Cannon said. “We do this (the Fall Author Luncheon and accompanying activities) to expose people to different authors. To have an author of Mark Gimenez’s caliber to join us for our fall event is truly an honor.”
She added, “Obviously, we’re very excited!”
The FOLA board member said the group considers getting Gimenez to the local event “a major, literary coup.”
Gimenez specializes in the legal-thriller genre. He has written six novels and coauthored a children’s book with his son, Cole.
With roots in Galveston County, Texas, Gimenez attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and later attended the University of Notre Dame Law School where he earned a juris doctorate magna cum laude. Gimenez practiced law with a major firm in Dallas, and eventually became a partner, for 10 years. Because of his longtime love for writing, Gimenez eventually left the practice to go solo, and also to afford him more time for his novels.
He currently lives near Fort Worth with his wife and two sons.
Gimenez not only is published in the U.S., but also has a vast reading audience in the United Kingdom. His six novels include “The Colour of Law,” “Accused,” “The Perk,” “The Governor’s Wife,” “Abduction” and “The Common Lawyer.”
Because of his talent and themes, Gimenez has been called by one newspaper review, “... the next Grisham.”
A review of “The Colour of Law” said much the same. It offered, “With echoes of early John Grisham, ‘The Colour of Law’ is a taut, truly unputdownable read that has been acclaimed as the best legal thriller of recent years.” Another wrote of the same novel, “Warning: You can lose an entire lazy Sunday to this one.”
Questions about the FOLA fundraiser, the library-support organization or Gimenez should be directed to the library at 423-472-2163.
FOLA Book Reviews:
The local Friends of the Library Association hosts a book review on the third Friday of each month at 10 a.m. in the History Branch of the Cleveland Bradley Public Library. The events are called the “Book and Coffee Series.” Coffee and snacks are served at each midmorning gathering. Cannon is in charge of scheduling guest book reviewers and speakers.