Puyallup Herald

Best-selling author J.A. Jance to visit Puyallup library

Having lunch with a New York Times best-selling author is a rare opportunity, but the Puyallup Public Library is preparing to host J.A. Jance.

Jance started coming to the library two years ago, and loves coming back year after year.

“She has a lot of loyal readers and fans,” said Beth Swartzbaugh, adult services librarian. “She will give a talk about the background of the book, and her experience in writing it.”

“Dance of the Bones” is Jance’s 51st novel. In it, she brings together two of her most popular characters: J.P Beaumont, a Seattle detective, and Brandon Walker, an Arizona sheriff.

“She will be talking about her work to combine the characters into one story,” Swartzbaugh said. “She is a marvelous speaker, with a sharp sense of humor.”

While it may seem like a rare opportunity to enjoy your own brown bag lunch with a famous author, Swartzbaugh says it is becoming more popular for authors to stop at the Puyallup Public Library to meet with both new and long-term fans.

“A lot of authors are big supporters of public libraries,” Swartzbaugh said. “It’s fun to hear and meet them in person.”

Typically, anywhere from 70 to nearly 150 people will come out to meet with authors visiting Puyallup.

“It draws in people from all over,” Swartzbaugh said.

King’s Books of Tacoma will be at the library with copies of “Dance of the Bones” and other J.A. Jance titles for purchase and signing.

The J.A. Jance book signing and talk is set for noon Thursday in the library’s meeting room. People planning to attend are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

For more information, visit www.cityofpuyallup.org/library.