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Behind the Book: Author Series
Behind the Book
Author Series

The Behind the Book author series at the North Richland Hills Library brings New York Times Bestselling authors to the Mid-Cities! Meet your favorite authors, ask them questions and hear them speak about their latest book.

Wednesday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m.: Gretchen Rubin. Join us as we welcome author of The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin! Ms.Rubin will visit to release Outer Order, Inner Calm her newest non-fiction book. With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what's realistic for most people, Gretchen Rubin suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment—one that helps us to create the lives we want. A ticketed reception (registration opens 02/13/2019) will be held from 12:00-12:45 p.m. and a free speaking engagement will take place at 1:00 p.m. A book signing will immediately follow. Please call 817-427-6800 for more information. 

What Can You Expect at a Behind the Book Event?

Each Behind the Book event is different because each author and book are different, but here's what our patrons have experienced in the past:
  • Themed decor that represents the author's book
  • An intimate look into the author's life journey
  • Unexpected party favors
  • Touching personal stories from the author
  • Delicious refreshments
  • Laugh out loud funny stories from the author
  • Writing tips and motivation
  • Lots of selfies with the author
  • New friendships made with other local book lovers
  • An indescribable yearning to read every book ever written

What Are People Saying About Our Behind the Book Events?

"If every community had a Library like this [North Richland Hills] I'm convinced there would be world peace." -Author Susan Wiggs
Quoted during her speaking event for Family Tree on 8/12/16
"Cheers: To the North Richland Hills Library's Staff and Friends of the Library for the opportunity to be with Kathleen Grissom, who spoke about her new book, Glory Over Everything, as well as her previous book, The Kitchen House. Thanks for hosting this most interesting and enjoyable event." 
-Barbara J. Jones, North Richland Hills
Published in the April 16, 2016 issue of the Fort Worth Star Telegram after the Kathleen Grissom event for Glory Over Everything on 4/5/16

"North Richland Hills was the BEST event we had on the entire tour. Nobody else even came close. In fact, the other events were a waste of time compared to the great job done by NRH." -Author Joanne Fluke
Received on 3/3/16 by Library staff after the event to officially launch Joanne Fluke's book Wedding Cake Murder on 2/24/16

"Best time ever! Reception was wonderful and listening to her speak was extremely enjoyable! You have a very beautiful library." --Becky Graham
Received on 7/23/15 by Library staff after the Kathy Reichs event for Speaking in Bones on 7/22/15

"Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Kathy Reichs book talk last night. I’ve never read any of her books or seen the show, but I sure do want to now! She’s an excellent speaker—what a sense of humor! The event was organized beautifully and I loved your library (it was my first time to see it). Thanks for a great evening!" -Ellen Ritchie
Received on 7/23/15 by Library staff after the Kathy Reichs event for Speaking in Bones on 7/22/15

"I had the pleasure of attending the Tea time with Joanne Fluke last week. We had such a marvelous time, and took in all the time and love your staff put into making this an incredible event for us “Hannah Maniacs”. Other than meeting the speaker of the hour, it was also a pleasure meeting the wonderful staff. Very helpful in every way, upon arriving to your library. We are from out of town."
Received on 3/4/15 by Library staff after the Joanne Fluke event for Double Fudge Brownie Murder on 2/26/15

Past Behind the Book Author Events

The North Richland Hills Library has had the honor of hosting the authors listed below for their book signings and speaking events. Click each author's name to see photos from the event and click on the title of each book to learn more about it and place a hold.

 Author  Book  Date
Dr. Kathy Reichs
Bones Never Lie
Amanda Eyre Ward
The Same Sky
Joanne Fluke Double Fudge Brownie Murder  2/26/2015
Randy Wayne White
Cuba Straits
Dr. Kathy Reichs
Speaking in Bones
Paula McLain
Circling the Sun
Joanne Fluke Wedding Cake Murder 2/24/2016
Kathleen Grissom Glory Over Everything 4/5/2016
Lisa Lillien/Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry 4/25/2016
Susan Wiggs Family Tree 8/12/16
Karin Slaughter The Kept Woman 9/23/16
Will Schwalbe Books for Living 2/3/17
Joanne Fluke Banana Cream Pie Murder 3/4/17
Lisa See The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane 3/20/17
Nancy Thayer Secrets in Summer 5/18/17
Tess Gerritsen I Know a Secret 9/7/17
Gretchen Rubin The Four Tendencies 9/15/17
Alice Hoffman The Rules of Magic 10/11/17
Melanie Benjamin The Girls in the Picture 1/19/18
Lea Berman Treating People Well 1/26/18
Lisa Gardner Look for Me 2/8/18
C.J. Box The Disappeared 4/3/18
Jennifer Egan Manhattan Beach (Paperback Release) 6/11/18
Susan Orlean The Library Book 11/14/18

What is This I've Heard About Joanne Fluke's "TTA"?
Here's the lowdown...

You can also find a whole album of photos of Joanne with the Traveling Texas Apron here.
And, as authors do, Joanne has written a book on the history of the TTA! You can check it out here.