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Carnegie Author Series featuring Paula McLain

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

Carnegie Author Series featuring Paula McLain

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Seats are first come, first served.
Mar 10, 2019 Free  

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Author Talk featuring Paula McLain

Sunday, March 10
Main Library

1 p.m. | Library Opens

Free parking in Main Library's attached garage. General admission seating begins in the second floor Reading Room.

2 p.m. | Author Talk 

2:45 p.m. | Audience Q&A

3 p.m. | Book Signing 

The Friends of the Library will sell a selection of the author's books near the book signing table, or you can bring your personal copy to have signed. 



Book Discussions at Main Library

Wednesday, Feb. 27

7-8 p.m.


Join us for a discussion about great books and authors before Paula McLain's Author Talk. 

Our panel of staff experts will talk about McLain's books, introduce you to authors and books with similar styles and themes, plus share new fiction coming to our shelves.

No registration required for the book discussion. Meet in Main Library's Reading Room.



Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Paris Wife (2011) and Circling the Sun (2015). Having focused on Ernest Hemingway's first two wives in The Paris Wife, McLain's latest title, Love and Ruin (2018) deftly turns to the life of his third wife, writer and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn.

McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California court system, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next 14 years. When she aged out of the system, she supported herself by working as a nurse's aid in a convalescent hospital, a pizza delivery girl, an auto-plant worker and a cocktail waitress before discovering she could write. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996.

The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Cleveland Arts Prize, Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, McLain is also the author of two collections of poetry, a memoir, Like Family, Growing up in Other People’s Houses (2003), and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride (2009). She lives with her family in Cleveland.


Where should I park and how much will it cost?  Free parking in Main Library’s garage will be offered during all Author Talks. Garage capacity is 375 vehicles and its entrance on Library Park North is accessible off Grant Avenue.

If the garage is full, metered street parking and surface lots surround Main Library. Fees may vary.

What time does seating begin?  Main Library opens at 1 p.m. and first come, first served seating begins in the second floor Reading Room. The program will begin at 2 p.m.

Are there assigned seats?  No. Seating is general admission. Reserved handicapped accessible seats will be available.

Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?  If the event is sold out, guests with proof of registration (mobile or printed) will be seated prior to those who did not pre-register.

What happens if the event is sold out? Join the waitlist and you will be notified when seats become available based on your placement on the list.

Also, the Reading Room at Main Library is an open space on the second floor. Balcony viewing on the third floor may be available, but seating is not guaranteed.

What is the cancellation policy?  This is a free event. If you cannot attend after you have registered, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible to make room for other guests who may be on the waitlist.

Can I record the program?  We encourage you to take photos and share them using the hashtag #CarnegieAuthorSeries, but recording is not permitted.

Will the author's books be available for checkout or purchase?   A selection of the author's books will be for sale in the Library Store prior to the program and in the Reading Room at the conclusion of the event. Proceeds from the book sale benefit the Friends of the Library. 

Main Library will have a special display of the author's books and similar titles ready for checkout free with your library card.

Have questions about Carnegie Author Series featuring Paula McLain? Contact Columbus Metropolitan Library

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Columbus Metropolitan Library
Main Library
96 South Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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