Speaking of Books

Life-changing insights, laughter, learning something new, becoming inspired to tackle the world… These are just a few of the benefits people describe after attending our acclaimed Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series at the beautiful Canton Palace Theater.

Since 2016, the Library has brought authors of every genre and background – both up-and-coming and well-known – to meet patrons for FREE. The series is designed to foster community engagement with lively and, at times, challenging conversations. Each bestselling author speaks about their book, followed by a wide-ranging question and answer session.

The series is named for accomplished Stark County-based author, Dr. Audrey Lavin, who is also known internationally for her work in the field of education. Dr. Lavin is a devoted Library supporter and founding member of the Friends of the Library. Her creative talent, knowledge, and devoted service inspire all of us.

We can’t wait to see what the future brings, as this popular series continues to make a powerful impact on our community.

Previous Speakers

Andrew McCarthy

Actor and Author

Director, award-winning travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy made his professional début at 19 in Class. He has appeared in dozens of films, including iconic Pretty in Pink, Less Than Zero, and classic favorites, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Mannequin.

Michelle Williams

Singer and Author

Michelle Williams, Destiny's Child singer and songwriter tells her story of overcoming mental health challenges while under the spotlight of fame and success as a member of one of the biggest recording groups of all-time.

Kate the Chemist

Scientist and Author

Through her theatrical and hands-on approach to teaching, Dr. Kate Biberdorf is breaking down the image of the stereotypical scientist, while reaching students that might otherwise be intimidated by science.

Who is Dr. Audrey Lavin?

This series is named in honor of Dr. Audrey Lavin, our own local “celebrity” author, a globe-trotting academic, a champion of writers, and a tireless supporter of the Library.

She has shown unwavering support for the library mission as a Friends of the Library volunteer and by serving on the Library's foundation for many years. Her commitment to the Library, education, and the art of writing makes her the perfect inspiration for this collection of acclaimed authors.

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