With more than 130 million copies of her books in print, Debbie Macomber is one of the world’s most popular authors. The Lake County Library System is honored to welcome Ms. Macomber to the first of the 2011 Authors @ the Library programs. She will be appearing on Saturday, April 9th at 3 p.m. in the W.T. Bland Public Library.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Drawing on her own experiences and observations, Debbie writes heartwarming tales about small-town life, home and family, enduring friendships and women who knit. Every book features the delightful sense of humor for which readers clamor. Not bad for a woman who is dyslexic and didn’t learn to read until she was in the fifth grade.
Her dyslexia did not deter the young mother of four from pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming published. She celebrated her first sale in 1982 when Silhouette Books acquired her manuscript, Heartsong. The book became the first category romance ever to be reviewed by Publishers Weekly. She was soon featured in Newsweek—and demand for her books quickly exceeded her wildest dreams. Now Debbie maintains a list of more than 130,000 readers, with whom she regularly corresponds.
Debbie is a regular resident on the bestseller lists. Two of her novels have scored the #1 slot on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly lists the first week on sale. She is the first-ever recipient of the “readers’ choice” Quill Award for Romance Fiction for 44 Cranberry Point, the fourth book in her highly popular Cedar Cove series. Debbie has also been honored with a RITA® for her 2005 holiday hardcover, The Christmas Basket; an RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award and is a multiple winner of both the Holt Medallion and the B. Dalton Award. In July 2010, the Romance Writers of America presented Debbie with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Last year Debbie saw her first cookbook, first children’s book and second non-fiction inspirational book published. Her earlier novel Mrs. Miracle was broadcast in 2009 as a made-for-TV movie by Hallmark Channel. Starring Doris Roberts, Debbie
Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle was Hallmark Channel’s top-watched movie of the year. Debbie’s hometown also celebrated its first-ever, five-day Cedar Cove Days festival, welcoming readers from 42 states and seven foreign countries to the town that inspired the bestselling series.
This event is being sponsored by the Mount Dora Library Association. Additional information is available on our website www.mylakelibrary.org. or by calling 352-735-7180 X 5.