GatorNights Presents a Conversation with Two Best-Selling Authors

Filed under Entertainment & Dining, Events on February 21, 2017.

University of Florida’s GatorNights presents A Conversation with James Patterson and Michael Connelly on Friday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 p.m. in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.

James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing including Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold more than 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most number one New York Times bestsellers. Patterson also writes children’s, middle-grade and young-adult fiction and is the first author to have number one new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists.

Patterson has donated more than one million books to students, emphasizing some of the most under-resourced schools and youth programs in the country. In 2015, Patterson donated $1.75 million to school libraries throughout the United States, and $250,000 in holiday bonuses to individual bookstore employees. He also gave $1 million to independent bookstores in 2014.I n addition, the Patterson Family Foundation has awarded more than seven million dollars in scholarships to students at 24 different colleges including the UF College of Education. The scholarships support up-and-coming teachers who will help give kids the necessary foundation for lifelong reading enjoyment.

Michael Connelly, a 1980 graduate of the UF College of Journalism and Communications, is the bestselling author of  29 novels and one work of non-fiction. With more than 60 million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into 39 foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today.  His first novel, The Black Echo, won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly’s 1998 novel, Blood Work. In 2011, the movie adaptation of his bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller

His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include The CrossingThe Burning RoomThe Gods of GuiltThe Black Box, and The Drop.

Connelly is also the executive producer of Bosch, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch. He will publish the next Bosch book in fall 2017 as well a new series featuring LAPD officer Renee Ballard in July.

Following the conversation, Patterson and Connelly will be available to sign books.

The free event is co-sponsored by the UF College of Journalism and Communications, the UF College of Education, GatorNights and RUB Entertainment.