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Meet best-selling author James Rollins at Folsom Public Library

By: Eileen Wilson, Telegraph Correspondent
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KNOW AND GO

What: Meet bestselling author James Rollins

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13

Where: Folsom Public Library, 411 Stafford St., Folsom

FOLSOM, CA - If you haven’t thought about your summer reading list yet, better get your notebook and pen out. Author, James Rollins, will make a visit to Folsom Public Library this Saturday, and can’t wait to share insight on a few of his recent bestsellers.

Bestselling books are nothing new to Rollins. A prolific writer, he has been on the New York Times Bestsellers list numerous times, and his fiction has been translated into more than 40 languages.

International intrigue, laced with fact-based scientific scenarios and historical references are his stock and trade.

And book lovers can’t get enough.

Regina Maduell, Folsom Library’s Adult Services Librarian, is thrilled to welcome the author to Folsom.

“Library staff and patrons are excited about meeting our guest author,” she said. “Folsom is a community of readers, and the Folsom Public Library has the highest circulation of materials in our consortium, which includes Sacramento, Woodland, and Sutter Counties”.

Maduell describes Rollins’ style as fast-paced, scientifically driven and suspenseful.

“People may not know that he also writes fantasy, and a young adult adventure series,” she said. “We have a display of Rollins’ books in our lobby and library visitors are voraciously reading his works before his upcoming appearance.”

Reading all of his books in a month or two would be nearly impossible. That’s because he has 27 novels in print, with a new book that will hit shelves in June.

Our region isn’t new to the author. He ran a successful veterinary practice in Sacramento before becoming a best-selling author, and he still resides in Northern California.

It’s obvious that his science and medical background informs his thrillers, and according to his creative director, David Sylvian-Czajkowski, Rollins enjoys supporting his local community.

Maduell agrees that Rollins is supportive of his community and public libraries as evidenced by the fact that he doesn’t charge an honorarium to libraries when he visits.

“He asks to have the money we would otherwise pay him revert to the Friends coffers to fund other library programs and services,” Maduell said.

The library’s meeting room houses 80 people – a capacity that Maduell expects to exceed for Rollins’ visit.

“The doors will open at 12:30 p.m., first come, first served,” she said. “Rollins will discuss his writing career and take questions from the audience. And Barnes and Noble Booksellers will be on hand to sell several of his books, which Rollins will sign. We are expecting a full house.”

People Magazine describes Rollins’ books as some of the “hottest summer reads”, and Amazon ranks the author at No. 5 in sales of Kindle eBooks, and No. 7 in sales of books in the action and adventure genre.

Books that will be on hand for signing include “Bloodline” (hardcover), the “Devil Colony” (paperback) and the “Blood Gospel” (hardcover).

Upcoming library events include special activities for kids during National Library Week April 14-20, and Folsom Library’s first Naturalization Oath Ceremony on Saturday, April 20. Visit http://library.folsom.ca.us for details.