Joyner Library hosting author Margaret Maron at spring banquet

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - ECU's Friends of Joyner Library is hosting its spring fundraiser banquet with special speaker author Margaret Maron.

Maron is a North Carolina native and an award-winning author.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the library's community programs throughout the year.

About the Author:
Margaret Maron is the author of 31 novels and two collections of short stories. Her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature and have been translated into 16 languages.

Bootlegger’s Daughter, published in 1992, introduced Deborah Knott and fictional Colleton County, NC. The novel swept the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards and is included among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Maron ended the popular series in 2015 with the publication of Long Upon the Land, her 20th Knott novel. The Deborah Knott series has been described as offering “a portrait of a state undergoing sometimes rapid change, and each new title seems to tackle an important, often controversial issue.”

Maron’s first protagonist was New York detective Sigrid Harald, who was introduced in 1981 in One Coffee With. She appeared in 7 other novels, culminating in Fugitive Colors in 1995. In 2011, Harald was featured in the Agatha Award-winning Deborah Knott novel, Three-Day Town. It was not until 2017, though, that Harald took center stage again, this time in Take Out, which Maron has said will be the last novel in the series.

Maron is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for best North Carolina novel of the year (2004) and the North Carolina Award for Literature (2008). In 2013, she was named a Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America for lifetime achievement; in 2016, was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

The banquet is on Tuesday, April 2 at the Greenville Hilton. Doors will open at 5:15pm.

Tickets are $75 each.

You can visit https://library.ecu.edu/ or call 252-328-0287 for more information.