Speaking of Books

Upcoming Speakers

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

Kate the Chemist

Author and Chemist

Danni, a woman who found her passion swimming with a shark, aptly told the stories of women who risked much to change the world in her book, Bold Women in Science: 15 Women in History You Should Know.

Sandra Brown

Bestselling Author

Novelist Sandra Brown began her professional writing career in the early 1980s and has written a novel every year, many of which have made the New York Times bestseller list. She’s written in a variety of genres, including thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and romance.

Danny Trejo

Actor, Author

Danny detailed his favorite recipes from his new cookbook, named for his LA restaurant, “Trejo’s Tacos,” along with his fascinating journey from prison to Hollywood playing the “bad guy” in dozens of movies.

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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