Brad Parks, former reporter for The Washington Post and The Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger, and current award-winning author of mystery novels, will present an author talk and book signing on Thursday, October 15th, at 7 p.m. on the campus of Christopher Newport University in Newport News. His appearance is free to the public, but tickets are required.
Parks is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty Awards. His debut novel, Faces Of The Gone, was the first book in history to take both the Shamus (for best first private eye novel) and the Nero (for best American mystery) award. He has won two Leftys (for best humorous mystery) for his third and fourth books, The Girl Next Door and The Good Cop. In addition, The Good Cop won the Shamus Award for best hardcover novel, making Parks the only former best first winner to go on and win best hardcover.
The sixth entry in Parks' series featuring the sometime-dashing investigative reporter Carter Ross, The Fraud was published in July 2015. It has received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. Library Journal has called Parks' books "essential reading" and "a refreshing tonic for the mystery soul."
Parks lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.
Free tickets for the author talk, question-and-answer session and book signing are available beginning Sunday, September 13th, at the sponsoring libraries of the Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium, which consists of the public libraries of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and York County and the academic libraries of Christopher Newport University, Hampton University and Thomas Nelson Community College (tickets will be available at TNCC on Monday, September 14th). Tickets will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to two per person while supplies last. Open seating to the event, to be held in the David Student Union at Christopher Newport University, is limited, and attendees are advised to arrive early. Ticket holders will be seated first; any remaining seats will then be open to the general public.
The Parks event is the ninth free author event sponsored by the Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium, which in the past few years presented the best-selling authors Orson Scott Card in 2010, Catherine Coulter in 2011, Nikki Giovanni in 2012, Jeff Shaara in 2013, and T.C. Boyle in 2014. The Consortium formed in 2006 to encourage the study and enjoyment of books and to foster cooperation among all types of libraries on the Peninsula.
The Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium brings together the public libraries of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and York County and the academic libraries of Christopher Newport University, Hampton University and Thomas Nelson Community College, collectively serving all residents of the Virginia Peninsula. Programs presented by the Consortium are free and open to the public. To keep up-to-date on Consortium author events, sign up for the emailed newsletter or “like” the Consortium’s Facebook page.