Events & Exhibits - Fall 2001
The University of Scranton to Honor Best-Selling AuthorBest-selling author Lisa Scottoline will receive the 2001 Distinguished Author Award from the Friends of the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton on Saturday, September 15. The author of eight critically acclaimed thrillers, Ms. Scottoline's books include The New York Times best sellers The Vendetta Defense, Moment of Truth and Mistaken Identity. With a writing style described by USA Today as "sharp, intelligent, funny, and hip," Ms. Scottoline's novels draw on her experience as a trial lawyer in one of Philadelphia's largest corporate firms as well as her judicial clerkships in t he state and federal justice systems. Lisa graduated magna cum laude in three years from the University of Pennsylvania with a B. A. degree in English. She also graduated cum laude in 1981 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was a litigator at the prestigious law firm of Dechert, Price and Rhoads in Philadelphia. With the birth of her baby, she retired from law to raise her daughter. She then decided ed it was time to become a novelist and she wrote while her infant slept, basing her first novel on her experiences as a lawyer in the large Philadelphia law firm. In 1994, the Mystery Writers of America nominated Ms. Scottoline's first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, for the Edgar Award, the premiere award in suspense fiction. Her second novel, Final Appeal won the Edgar Award the following year.
She wrote Running From the Law in 1996, Legal Tender in 1997, and Rough Justice in 1998. Mistaken Identity and Moment of Truth, published in 1999 and 2000 respectively, became The New York Times best sellers. Ms. Scottoline's latest novel, The Vendetta Defense, was published in late February 2001. Lisa, a native of Philadelphia, is happily remarried and lives in that area. She travels all over the world promoting her books and enjoys meeting and talking to readers. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages. The University of Scranton will host a "Meet the Author" reception with cocktails and light dinner fare and desserts at 5:00pm followed by the presentation of the Distinguished Author Award on Saturday, September 15. A book signing is also plan ned at The University Book Store in Hyland Hall between 2:30 and 4:30pm. For ticket & reservation information, contact Patricia DeSarno at the Weinberg Memorial Library, 941-7816 or at email@example.com. The tickets are $50 per person or $45 for Friends of the Library members ($25 of which is tax deductible). Student tickets are $25 or $20 for Friends student members. Your check, made payable to The Frie nds of the Weinberg Memorial Library, confirms your reservation. For more information visit Lisa Scottoline's website at www.scottoline.com.
Charles Kratz, Library Director