Louise Penny, award-winning author of the Inspector Gamache mystery series, will headline this year's Alpena County Library Authors in the Fall series.
"A Fatal Grace," the second book in the series, has been chosen as the 2012 community read title and Penny will speak in Alpena on Oct. 4 at the Alpena High School. Tickets for the event are $10 and will be available at the library, beginning July 1.
Penny is the author of seven novels featuring Armand Gamache, chief inspector of the Surete du Quebec. The eighth novel in the series, "The Beautiful Mystery," is due out in August.
A literacy advocate, Penny has also written "The Hangman," a grade three reading level novella for new adult readers, featuring Inspector Gamache.
Penny's books have won the Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, Dilys, Macavity and Nero awards. She is the first author ever to win the Agatha Award for Best Novel four times. Her books have appeared on the New York Times and the Globe and Mail bestseller lists, and Deadly Pleasures magazine named Penny's "Still Life" one of the five best mystery/crime novels of the decade.
Three other mystery writers will round out this year's Authors in the Fall series. Jonathan Rand, who writes mysteries and "chillers" for young people, will speak on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the library.
Alpena native Doug Allyn, author of "Motown Underground," "The Cheerio Killings" and "Icewater Mansions" and winner of four Edgar Awards for Best Short Story, will be at the library on Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.
Peg Herring of Onaway, author of the Simon and Elizabeth and Dead Detective mystery series and winner of the EPIC Award for best eBook mystery, will teach a mystery writers' workshop at the library, with the date and time to be determined later.
Herring's workshop and Rand and Allyn's talks will be free and open to the public.