Best-selling novelist Lescroart to appear at 2 library events

March 23, 2010

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Foundation will host N. Y. Times best-selling author John Lescroart at two events Thursday April 22 as part of its annual Mancini Author Program. Lescroart will discuss his recently released novel, “Treasure Hunt.”

Both events are open to the public.

The foundation will host the novelist at a noon luncheon at the Quality Inn (815 Route 37) in Toms River. The cost is $35 per person and registration is required.

Please call Harry Applegate (732-349-6200, ext. 5408) to purchase tickets.

Lescroart will speak at the Toms River branch (101 Washington St.) 7 p.m. that evening. The evening speaking engagement is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Telephone the operator (732) 349-6200 or check the library’s Web site to register or for more information.

Lescroart, who writes legal and crime thrillers, was born in Houston in 1948. He wrote his first novel while in college and his second a year after he graduated in 1970. But it took him 14 years, a marginal musical career and a lot of urging from his wife to send his work to a publisher.

Within six weeks of submitting “Son of Holmes” he received two offers from publishers to print the novel.

Since then his books have been translated into 16 languages and published in more than 75 countries.

“Treasure Hunt,” his 21st novel, is a sequel to “The Hunt Club” and reintroduces the reader to its main character, detective Mickey Dade.

The Mancini Author Program is presented annually in memory of the late Ocean County Freeholder James Mancini who was an advocate of the Ocean County Library.