Bestselling author to speak at library


New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black writes with authority about crime investigations. She spent years as a forensic scientist and is still a working, certified crime-scene and latent-print analyst. Black will speak at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library on Feb. 20 as part of the Friends of the Library Speaker Series.

Black is the author of 17 suspense novels, including her latest in the Locard Institute series, “The Deepest Kill.” In her talk, which is free and open to the public, she will discuss her writing journey, her career that began as a forensic scientist working in a morgue in Cleveland, Ohio, and details about her new book, which features forensic analysts Ellie Carr and Rachel Davies.

Currently working for the police department in Cape Coral, Florida, Black has testified in court more than 65 times. Her books have been translated into six languages, optioned for film and shortlisted for both the inaugural Sue Grafton Memorial Award and the Nero. She was also one of the guests of honor at the 2021 Killer Nashville conference.

Black will sign and sell her books following her presentation at the library, with a percentage of the sales benefiting the Friends of the Library.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s FOL Community Room. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Future speakers include Timothy J. Corrigan, the chief judge for the Middle District of Florida; Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan; former Duval County Sheriff Nat Glover; and local historian, entrepreneur and storyteller Gary Sass.