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September 28, 2013

Gerritsen ready to meet local readers

Author to speak Oct. 5

Tess Gerritsen, author of "The Bone Garden" and whose books inspired the hit TV show "Rizzoli and Isles" will be making her way through Indiana beginning Monday. Gerritsen will be speaking at the Washington High School Auditorium on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. as the final event for "One Book One Community." She said she has always wanted a to do a tour of libraries. The event is free and open to the public.

"I love libraries and I always told my husband that I'd like to do a driving tour and visit smaller libraries that typically don't get a chance to meet authors," said Gerritsen during a phone interview Wednesday. "The Bartholomew County Public Library had invited me to speak and I had asked their librarian Mary Clare Speckner if there were other libraries in the area that may be interested in a speaking event while I was there."

The response was overwhelming. In just a matter of days over 20 requests from Indiana libraries and one from Kentucky arrived.

"I really wanted to make sure that the libraries we visited were all smaller libraries. Mary Clare helped to organize the touring stops, travel arrangements and the driving route," said Gerritsen.

"The Bone Garden" was chosen as the selection for "One Book One Community" several months ago and since then community members have had a chance to discuss the book in a group setting on multiple locations, attend forensics presentations with Heidi Haas, a Forensic Scientist with the Indiana State Police Laboratory and listen to Dr. Lisa Rosner discuss her book "The Horrid and True Story of the Burke and Hare Murders" which Gerritsen's "The Bone Garden" is loosely based.

Gerritsen said she was really pleased that the Washington Carnegie Public Library had chosen "The Bone Garden."

"It's very different from the rest of my books," said Gerritsen. "I wanted to do a story in a time when medicine was in turmoil. Doctors didn't have all the technology we have today. This book was kind of a window into the way they thought about the processes of practicing medicine."

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