V is for visit: Novelist Grafton to appear at library this week

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By Sally Sanderson Fay

Internationally known mystery writer, Sue Grafton will speak at the Shelby County Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday as part of the nationwide One Book, One Community program.

Friends of the Library in Shelbyville have purchased 250 copies of J is for Judgment by Grafton to be distributed free to the community. They can be obtained by contacting the library, but only a few remain.

Grafton, a native of Kentucky who has homes in both Louisville and Santa Barbara, Calif., started her best-selling, alphabetic series of detective novels with A is for Alibi and currently is on a book tour promoting her latest book, U is for Undertow.

Grafton suggested J is for Justice as the community book because it is one of her favorite books.

Federspiel says she is appreciative that Grafton is waiving her speaking fee for this event.  

Grafton’s novels are written form the perspective of female private investigator, Kinsey Milhone. She started the series in 1982.

According to Federspiel, Grafton says, “Kinsey is probably my alter ego. She is who I would have become had I not married early and had children.”

Though Grafton’s first mystery novel wasn’t published until 1982, she wrote television screenplays. Her novels are published in 28 countries and in two languages.

One Book, One Community began in Seattle in 1998 and spread throughout the country under the premise is that residents of one community read one book and discuss it.

The Shelby County Public Library started its program in 2008, with author Silas House, then continued last year with writer, Bobbie Ann Mason.

“We are currently working with Kentucky writers, but we always welcome suggestions and we can always change the direction of our authors,” library director Pam Federspiel says.

Tickets are still available for this free event, but reservations are required.

A reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will he held form 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. The program begins at 6.

For more information, contact the Shelby County Public Library at 633-3803.