Presented by the Friends of the Newton Free Library
Monday, May 4, 2015
Newton Marriott Ballroom
Cash Bar 11:30 am, Luncheon 12:00 Noon
Tickets will be available for purchase both
electronically and by mail at the end of March.
This event is a part of the Newton Festival of the Arts.
Vicki Croke has been chronicling animal life for more than two decades—tracking polar bears, Tasmanian devils, and Madagascar's top predator, the fossa. She covers all creatures for the NPR/WBUR national newsmagazine show Here and Now, as well as online for WBUR’s The Wild Life (thewildlife.wbur.org). Her work there earned a 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow Award. She is the author of The New York Times Bestseller Elephant Company, the story of J.H. Williams and the elephants he led for the Allied Forces in WWII. She has also written The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China’s Most Exotic Animal, and The Modern Ark: The Story of Zoos—Past, Present and Future. Croke has worked on nature documentaries for Disney and for the A&E channel and anchored The Secret Life of Animals on NECN-TV. She wrote The Boston Globe’s “Animal Beat” column for thirteen years, and has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Sunday Telegraph, Time, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, Gourmet, National Wildlife, and Discover magazine, among others. She lives in the Boston area.
Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift," which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson. Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her 26 novels include Gravity, The Surgeon, Vanish, The Bone Garden, The Silent Girl, and Die Again. Translated into 40 languages, her books have been #1 bestsellers abroad and top-three bestsellers in the US. More than 30 million copies have been sold around the world. She received the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon) and was a finalist for the Edgar award (for Vanish.) Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TNT television series "Rizzoli & Isles," starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Critics around the world have praised her novels as "Pulse-pounding fun" (Philadelphia Inquirer), and "Scary and brilliant" (Toronto Globe and Mail). Publishers Weekly has dubbed her "the medical suspense queen." Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.