The Coast News Group
T. Jefferson Parker, the best selling novelist, visiting Carlsbad Library. Photo by Rebecca Lawson

Bestselling author to speak at library

CARLSBAD — New York Times bestseller list author T. Jefferson Parker is set to visit the Carlsbad City Library and fans are chomping at the bit to see him. Those who have a hectic workweek can breathe a sigh of relief knowing Parker’s event will be April 14, a Saturday afternoon.Parker will be at the library during the timeframe of National Library Week where the theme “Come Together at Your Library” is a perfect introduction between readers and regarded authors.

Complimentary tickets will be distributed at 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. Parker event. There is a two tickets ticket per person maximum.

Parker’s novel selection for his Carlsbad visit is “Iron River.”

“It’s an honor for Carlsbad City Library to host an award-winning author of Mr. Parker’s caliber,” said Jessica Padilla Bowen, community relations manager at the Carlsbad City Library. “He has won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award several times, has had many books on the New York Times bestseller list and received rave reviews for his work. Many of our library patrons and staff are fans of his books and look forward to hearing from him directly at this community event.”

Parker is a North County resident, as well.

Bowen said that attendees can expect Parker to speak about his work with an emphasis on “Iron River.” After a question and answer session, fans can line up to have their books signed by Parker.

Mysterious Galaxy, an independent bookseller, will be on hand for Parker book sales.

“While patrons wait for their books to be signed, we invite them to enjoy refreshments and talk about the book,” she said.

Bowen wants people to know that this is Parker’s first visit to Carlsbad City Library, which makes the event even more special.

She had the opportunity to meet Parker during his latest book launch for “The Jaguar.” Bowen describes Parker as down-to-earth and friendly with his fans.

“Mr. Parker has interesting stories about the research he has done for his books; his research informs the mood of his books, because you can always sense yourself in the same locations as the characters,” Bowen said. “Hearing the background of his work enriches the reading experience.”

Bowen expects the event to last about under two hours.

“We invite the community to attend the many other events we’re hosting during the month of April highlighting ‘Iron River’ and in conjunction with Carlsbad Reads Together,” she said. “The goal of Carlsbad Reads Together is to bring community members together to encourage dialogue about literature and to foster a love of reading.”

Bowen said the month would include an array of book discussions, a mystery film series, a debate about the book’s themes with the Carlsbad High School Speech & Debate Team, a panel discussion and mystery-themed play reading by Carlsbad Playreaders.

Bowen provided a special thanks to Friends of the Carlsbad Library who have been longtime sponsors of Carlsbad Reads Together.

Parker is scheduled to be at the Carlsbad City Library located at 1775 Dove Lane at 2 p.m. April 14.

For more information on this or future events, visit or call (760) 602-2012.