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Books & Bingo Adventure 2020 – Carlsbad Public Library

March 29, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$11.45 – $87.80

About the Event

Due to the Corona virus concerns, the Carlsbad Public Library has cancelled this event and hopes to reschedule at a future time.

Adventures by the Book™ and NovelNetwork™ are excited to bring back our popular Books & Bingo Adventure to the Carlsbad Public Library. Featured will be at least a dozen favorite book club authors, including opening keynote speaker, New York Times and international bestselling author Lisa See, and program keynote speaker, New York Times and international bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry.

Don’t miss this unique book extravaganza, that includes opportunities to sit with and chat with authors who are excited to connect with their readers, your chance to enjoy two fabulous keynote speakers and two book panel discussions, as well as to get your favorite books signed, play our own fun version author BINGO, photo ops, and much more!

Registration is not required for this FREE event and includes a collectible Bingo card, photo opportunities, giveaways, and much much more! Only books sold at the event, or pre-ordered below (at special online discounts) will be eligible for signing! Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is expected to sell out, so plan to arrive early to guarantee entry.


Opening Keynote Speaker: Lisa See

Lisa See is the beloved New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret FanThe Tea Girl of Hummingbird LanePeony in Love,Shanghai Girls,Dreams of Joy, and China Dolls, in which she has brilliantly illuminated the strong bonds between women. These books have been celebrated for their authentic, deeply researched, lyrical stories about Chinese characters and cultures.

Now, in The Island of Sea Women, Lisa writes about about the free-diving women of South Korea’s Jeju Island. Booklist called The Island of Sea Women “stupendous… enthralling…and engrossing.” Jodi Picoult has given her praise: “Lisa See excels at mining the intersection of family, friendship and history, and in her newest novel, she reaches new depths exploring the matrifocal haenyeo society in Korea, caught between tradition and modernization.”


Bingo Keynote Speaker: Patti Callahan Henry

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels, including the historical fiction, Becoming Mrs. Lewis – The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. She is also the host of the upcoming seven-part original “Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series” launched on October 1, 2019.    

Patti’s books include Losing the MoonBetween the TidesWhere the River RunsWhen Light BreaksBetween the TidesThe Art of Keeping SecretsDriftwood SummerThe Perfect Love Song: A Holiday StoryComing Up for Air; And Then I Found You; The Stories We Tell; The Idea of Love, The Bookshop at Water’s End, Becoming Mrs. Lewis and The Favorite Daughter.

Growing up in Philadelphia as the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Patti learned early the value of storytelling. At the age of twelve, her family moved to South Florida where Patti found the sanctuary of libraries and began her slow but steady journey into understanding the power of story to navigate confusing times in life. She attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work, and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full time. The mother of three children, she now lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.


Featured Authors

Kelly Bargabos believes that her heart has always directed her to tell the story of her brother Bobby, so that people could see what life is truly like for someone like him. In a culture that has historically valued strength over weakness, intellect over character, and accomplishment over a simpler life, a segment of our population is systemically and repeatedly marginalized—unseen and unheard.

When someone has physical disabilities that are invisible and intellectual limitations that aren’t always obvious, life is challenging in ways that most of us don’t understand. Chasing the Merry-Go-Round is about what life is like in a world where you can’t keep up.

Available for book club visits here.


Kim Taylor Blakemore writes women’s historical fiction. She writes about the thieves and servants, murderesses and soiled doves, grifters and dancehall girls. The fierce women. The darker stories with tangled lies and hidden motives.

Her most recent novel, The Companion, is set in 1855, New Hampshire. Lucy Blunt is set to hang for a double murder. Murderess or victim? Only Lucy knows the truth.In the shadow of the gallows, Lucy reflects on the events that led to her bitter downfall—from the moment she arrived at the rambling Burton mansion looking for work and a better life to the grisly murders themselves.

Available for book club visits here.



Dolley Carlson is a third-generation Irish American with South Boston “Southie” roots. She is the daughter of one of Boston’s finest (Boston Police Department), and is passionate about weaving the people, locale, and lore of the city into her first novel, The Red Coat.

“An inspiring tale of Irish immigrants…and honors the sacrifices of all the immigrants who have made and continue to make this country great.” – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., New York Times bestselling author

Available for book club visits here.



Jill Hall is the author of The Black Velvet Coat, a #1 Amazon Bestseller and an International Book Award Finalist for Best New Fiction. The Silver Shoes, her next dual timeline historical novel was a Distinguished Favorite in the NYC Big Book Awards. Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications including A Year in Ink, The Avocet, and Wild Women, Wild Voices.

In The Silver Shoes, a San Francisco artist has been distracted by a cross-country romance with sexy Sergio and has veered from her creative path. While visiting him in New York, Anne buys a pair of rhinestone shoes in an antique shop that spark her imagination and lead her on a quest to learn more about the shoes’ original owner.

Available for book club visits here.


 Marco Rafalà is a first-generation Sicilian American novelist, musician, and writer for award-winning tabletop role-playing games. He earned his MFA in Fiction from The New School and is a co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in New York City.

His debut novel, How Fires End, was inspired by a dark secret born out of World War II that lies at the heart of a Sicilian American family in this emotional and sweeping saga of guilt, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption.

Available for book club visits here.



Ona Russell is a credentialed mediator and holds a PhD in literature from the University of California, San Diego, where she also taught for many years. She is the author of two previous Sarah Kaufman historical mysteries from Sunstone Press, O’Brien’s Desk and The Natural Selection, the last of which was a finalist in the prestigious California Commonwealth Club Book Awards.

She has been widely published in other venues and is an accomplished public speaker, lecturing particularly on the topic of “literature and the law.”

Available for book club visits here.


Book Clubs Can Connect with These Fabulous Authors Now!

What is NovelNetwork? NovelNetwork is the nation’s first match(dot)com designed to connect authors and book clubs (and yes library book clubs too). Book clubs join for free and gain access to a database of nearly 100 authors (and growing daily) who are ready, willing, able, and excited to video chat with book clubs or, if local, to meet in person.

Books & Bingo is a signature, and very popular, NovelNetwork event to introduce readers to some of our author members who are eligible to meet with your book club. The participating authors in this event are just a small representation of the many authors who are NovelNetwork™ members!

Through this innovative new program, you and your book club can schedule a meeting with authors, in person or via video chat, in preparation for this exciting event or if you are unable to attend the event!

NovelNetwork™ is a global space dedicated to connecting authors with avid readers, an expanded professional network, and published peers.  NovelNetwork™ was created to help authors find more innovative ways to connect with readers and promote their books to wider audiences.All this is possible through NovelNetwork™! Click Here for more information and to sign up (it’s FREE for book clubs to register)!

Tentative Itinerary

1:00pm……………………… Welcome

1:10-1:55pm………… Opening Keynote Speaker – Lisa See

2:00-2:30pm………… Panel #1

2:30-3:10pm……………. Opportunity for book shopping, book signings, photo ops, giveaways, and bingo card fun

3:10-3:55pm……………….. Bingo Keynote Speaker – Patti Callahan Henry

4:00-4:30pm……………. Panel #2

4:30-5:00pm…………… Opportunity for book shopping, book signings, photo ops, giveaways, and bingo card fun

5:00pm………………….. Grand prize giveaway (must be present to win)