Many of the descriptions of the medical practices and conditions in the book are very graphic and Gerritsen said one description in particular, an amputation, was based off a Civil War era medical text book.
"That book went into a lot of detail as to how to perform the amputation. The mark of a good surgeon was to be as quick as possible to prevent as little suffering as possible," said Gerritsen.
Prior to the author talk at the high school auditorium, fans are invited to attend the author dinner in the Carnegie Library meeting room. Tickets for the author dinner are $25 and must be purchased at the library in advance. The dinner, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
During the author talk, Gerritsen will not only be discussing "The Bone Garden" but also the ideas that inspired her books and the TV show. "I'll also be discussing the writing process and people are free to ask questions," said Gerritsen.
"The overall goal of 'One Book One Community' is to develop a community built around the shared experience of people reading and talking about the same book," said Washington Carnegie Library Director Teresa Heidenreich. "Bringing people together to discuss ideas in books can play an important role in breaking down the barriers between people, cultures, economic and educational backgrounds."
Heidenreich said this was the second year for One Book One Community. "Last year Michael Koryta was our inaugural One Book One Community author and feedback on the program was encouraging," Heidenreich said.
When the time came to chose a book for this year, Heidenreich said she had caught word of Gerritsen's plans for a book tour in Indiana. "We made the cut of libraries Tess agreed to visit and we can't thank her enough for her support of small public libraries."