Community members had a rare chance to meet with a New York Times best-selling author Saturday during two events. Tess Gerritsen, author of “The Bone Garden” as well as the book series that inspired the hit television show “Rizzoli and Isles” stopped in town to discuss her book that was selected as the reading for One Book One Community. Gerritsen, who is currently on a 14-day book tour through Indiana, met with guests at a dinner in her honor Saturday before speaking at a free event in the Washington High School auditorium.
“We feel very lucky that such a well known author was excited about participating in our One Book One Community event,” said Rick Chambon adult program and outreach manager for the library.
Gerritsen said she was approached by the Bartholomew County Public Library some time ago about speaking at one of their functions. At the time, she asked their librarian if she thought there may be other small libraries in the state that would be interested in a speaking event as well. Within a handful of days, over 20 requests for Gerritsen had been made.
The charming and witty author whose books have been published in over 40 countries, spoke briefly at the dinner before discussing her book, writing processes and what inspires her writing for over 100 audience members at the high school.
“I’m sure you are all wondering why I wanted to come to small town libraries,” said Gerritsen, before the start of the dinner at the library. “My publicist usually sends me to large libraries but I’ve tried to point out that we usually have more passionate readers and a better turn out in small towns. I love small towns and I’ve always loved the library.”
Gerritsen and her husband, Jacob who accompanied her on the tour through Indiana, live in a tiny town in Maine that boasts about 500 residents.