Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Saturday Samplers Book Group to Meet

Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Saturday Samplers, will meet on Saturday, October 6 at 3:30 pm to discuss The Lock Artist (2009) by Steve Hamilton.  [The author will not be present.]

A work of crime fiction, the book tells the story of Michael, who suffered a traumatic experience at the age of eight and hasn't spoken a word since.  His great talent is that he can crack any safe without the combination and any lock without a key.  Pushed close to a life of crime, he finally sees his chance to escape and go back home to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long. A New York Times Notable Crime Book of the Year, the Times reviewer wrote, "This one is too good for words."

Author Steve Hamilton attended the University of Michigan and won the prestigious Hopwood Award for writing.  His first novel, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the PWA/SMP Best First Private Eye Novel Competition.  It went on to win the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel.  In 2006, he won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work, including his Alex McKnight series and the stand-alone novel Night Work.  His book The Lock Artist is the winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.  He lives in Cottekill, New York with his wife and their two children.

Led by Evelyn Fischel, Saturday Samplers is a book discussion group dedicated to sampling various kinds of literature, including short stories, nonfiction, new and old novels, and even teen fiction.  Its goal is to search out interesting, noteworthy, and sometimes overlooked books.  Readers can find information about the group and about the books and authors on the reading list at  No sign-up is needed to join the discussion.  Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.

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