NPL to host interactive book discussion with bestselling author

Naperville Public Library will host a live, interactive book discussion with New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley on Wednesday, May 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room A/B at the 95th Street Library, located at 3015 Cedar Glade Drive.

Kearsley will join the discussion through a Skype session to discuss her upcoming novel, The Firebird. The program is a partnership between NPL and Sourcebooks, Inc., an independent publisher based in Naperville. Sourcebooks is donating 60 advance reading copies of the book, which will be published this June. Area residents can sign up for the program and receive a free copy by visiting the Adult Services Desks at any of the three NPL locations.

“Susanna Kearsley’s books have many appeal factors,” says Adult Services Librarian Kathleen Longacre, who is planning the program. “They feature a blend of gothic, paranormal, romance, and time travel elements within a historical setting.”

Nicola Marter has devoted her life to the study of antiquities and when a priceless Russian wooden carving falls into her possession, it turns her world upside down. With the assistance of Rob, the man she would come to love, Nicola uses her unusual gifts to uncover the secrets of this truly remarkable treasure. Although set in present day, author Kearsley takes readers on an incredible journey through 18th century Russia and the world of Empress Catherine.

The discussion will also be of interest to people wanting to learn more about the writing, editing and publishing processes. Kearsley’s editor, Deb Werksman, will serve as the discussion moderator.

 “Even if participants don’t have a chance to read the book, attending the discussion is still encouraged,” Longacre adds. “Our first live discussion program with Sourcebooks gave audience members the opportunity to ask questions relating to the development of a book from the perspectives of the author and editor.”

Refreshments will be served and audience members will receive gift bags from Sourcebooks.

To learn more about Susanna Kearsley go to or visit her at

For more information, contact Kathleen Longacre at (630) 961-4100, ext. 4950 or e-mail