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Fust Library Foundation offers writing and research roundtable March 14

February 29, 2024
By Staff Report

On March 14, at 4 p.m., local writers Linda Fairstein, Susan Hanafee, Candice Shy Hooper and Bobbie Marquis will gather in the loggia of the Johann Fust Community Library to talk about how they approach research as it pertains to their writing.

Whether you are reading nonfiction, historical fiction, mystery or literary fiction, you enter a world created by the author.

The challenge for the writer is to create an authentic experience for the reader.

Research is an essential element that provides insight and truth for fiction and nonfiction, but the approach to research and documentation may differ between genres. 

 Linda Fairstein is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of crime novels featuring Alexandra Cooper, a Manhattan prosecutor. In each of her books, she deeply develops the setting. She has set her mysteries in Rockefeller University, the New York Public Library, the Central Park Zoo and the Metropolitan Museum. She researches each place thoroughly and depicts them accurately in her novels.

Susan Hanafee, a mystery writer, has set her novels in Boca Grande. She features an amateur sleuth and her reporter friend. She has often written fictional adaptations of historical incidents, and Boca Grande residents will recognize the landscape and the community.

Candice Shy Hooper is the author of two historical nonfiction books: Lincoln’s General’s Wives and Delivered Under Fire. Both works involved in-depth historical research. Candy has begun researching and writing her third Civil War biography.

Bobbie Marquis is an MFA student at Spalding University. She received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Central Florida. She is the Executive Director of the Johann Fust Library Foundation and has written poetry and short stories.

The Johann Fust Library Foundation invites you to join these authors on Thursday, March 14 for a lively roundtable discussion.

This event is free to the public, but registration is required.

If you wish to attend, please go to JFLFBG.ORG to register for the event or call the foundation’s office at (941) 964-0211.