International bestselling author James Patterson will discuss his two newest books, Killer Instinct and Max Einstein: Rebels with a Cause, during a special event at downtown's the School for Creative and Performing Arts on Sept. 11.
Famed for the speed at which he turns around novels — he's written over 150 titles — he's also known to collaborate with other writers. Killer Instinct was written with Howard Roughan while Rebels With a Cause, the second installment of the Max Einstein series, was co-authored by Chris Grabenstein.
At the event, which begins at 7 p.m., Patterson will be in conversation with local author Jessica Strawser, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's current writer-in-residence. She mostly recently authored the page-turning domestic suspense Forget You Know Me, which was released earlier this year.
Apparently, Cincinnatians and Northern Kentuckians are down for the Patterson hype. WVXU recently reported that four of the five top books checked out at the Kenton County Public Library are Patterson novels. The same goes for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Having written the most New York Times bestsellers ever, Patterson's popularity and influence are undeniable. Also known as an advocate for literacy, he has donated millions toward grants and scholarships aimed at encouraging people of all ages to, well, read more.
The novelist, known for his fast-paced page turners, has also received much criticism. Horror novelist Stephen King once told USA Weekend that Patterson was "a terrible writer," before adding "he's very successful." Maybe he's the thriller novelist equivalent of Adam Sandler?
Either way, Patterson has regularly topped Forbes's list of highest-paid authors. And his audience doesn't seem to be waning. The crowd at SCPA is likely to be large, made up of both kids and adults alike.
For tickets and more information, visit the Joseph-Beth Rookwood location, call 513-396-8960 or visit brownpapertickets.com/event/4315397.