Behind the Book: Author Series

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The Behind the Book author series at the North Richland Hills Library brings New York Times bestselling authors to North Richland Hills and the surrounding community! Meet your favorite authors, ask them questions, and hear them speak about their latest book.

Upcoming Behind the Book Events

C.J. Box | Tuesday, February 27 • 1:00 PM

We are honored and excited to be able to celebrate the launch of C.J. Box's latest book in the bestselling Joe Pickett series, Three-Inch Teeth! In this new and exciting novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett comes face to face with two different types of rampaging beasts - one animal and one human. We hope you'll join us for this special event!

Lunch Reception | 12:00 PM  (
A ticketed reception hosted by the Friends of the NRH Library will take place before the free speaking event. Tickets to the reception cost $40 and include a copy of Three-Inch Teeth, a light lunch, and reserved seating at the public event at 1:00 PM. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets today through the Friends of the NRH Library's website or stop by the front desk of the Library, and we'll be happy to help!

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Author CJ Box sporting a cowboy hat in front of the Wyoming landscape


The NRH Library's popular Behind the Book author series will continue this fall with a focus on award-winning and critically acclaimed Texas authors. We invite you to join us in celebrating the literary talent of the Lone Star State!

Marjorie Herrera Lewis | Thursday, May 16 • 1:00 PM

Join us at NRH Library for an engaging discussion with Marjorie Herrera Lewis, an award-winning novelist and sportswriter, named the first female Dallas Cowboys beat writer when she was with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. When The Men Were Gone is a debut historical novel based on the true story of Tylene Wilson, a woman in 1940s Texas who, in spite of extreme opposition, became a female football coach in order to keep her students from heading off to war.

Lunch Reception | 12:00 PM  
A ticketed reception hosted by the Friends of the NRH Library will take place before the free speaking event. Ticket and registration information coming soon!


About the Author

Marjorie Herrera Lewis knew early on she wanted a career related to sports. After several years at small newspapers, at age twenty-seven, she began working at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Soon after, she was named a beat writer for the Dallas Cowboys and eventually joined the Dallas Morning News sportswriting staff. While writing When the Men Were Gone, she became inspired to try her hand at coaching football and was added to the Texas Wesleyan University football coaching staff. She presently teaches media ethics at the University of North Texas. When the Men Were Gone was the winner of the Best Book - New Fiction and Best Book - Historical Fiction Awards from the American Book Fest and was a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Best Book Awards.

Past Behind the Book Events

What to Expect at a Behind the Book Event

Each Behind the Book event is different because each author and book are different, but here's what our patrons have experienced in the past:

  • Themed decor that represents the author's book
  • An intimate look into the author's life journey
  • Unexpected party favors
  • Touching personal stories from the author
  • Delicious refreshments
  • Laugh-out-loud funny stories from the author
  • Writing tips and motivation
  • Lots of selfies with the author
  • New friendships made with other local book lovers
  • An indescribable yearning to read every book ever written

What People Are Saying

"If every community had a Library like this [North Richland Hills] I'm convinced there would be world peace." -Author Susan Wiggs
Quoted during her speaking event for Family Tree on 8/12/16

"Cheers: To the North Richland Hills Library's Staff and Friends of the Library for the opportunity to be with Kathleen Grissom, who spoke about her new book, Glory Over Everything, as well as her previous book, The Kitchen House. Thanks for hosting this most interesting and enjoyable event."
-Barbara J. Jones, North Richland Hills
Published in the April 16, 2016 issue of the Fort Worth Star Telegram after the Kathleen Grissom event for Glory Over Everything on 4/5/16

"North Richland Hills was the BEST event we had on the entire tour. Nobody else even came close. In fact, the other events were a waste of time compared to the great job done by NRH." -Author Joanne Fluke
Received on 3/3/16 by Library staff after the event to officially launch Joanne Fluke's book Wedding Cake Murder on 2/24/16

"Best time ever! The reception was wonderful and listening to her speak was extremely enjoyable! You have a very beautiful library." --Becky Graham
Received on 7/23/15 by Library staff after the Kathy Reichs event for Speaking in Bones on 7/22/15

"Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Kathy Reichs book talk last night. I've never read any of her books or seen the show, but I sure do want to now! She's an excellent speaker—what a sense of humor! The event was organized beautifully and I loved your library (it was my first time to see it). Thanks for a great evening!" -Ellen Ritchie
Received on 7/23/15 by Library staff after the Kathy Reichs event for Speaking in Bones on 7/22/15

"I had the pleasure of attending the Tea time with Joanne Fluke last week. We had such a marvelous time, and took in all the time and love your staff put into making this an incredible event for us "Hannah Maniacs". Other than meeting the speaker of the hour, it was also a pleasure meeting the wonderful staff. Very helpful in every way, upon arriving to your library. We are from out of town."
-Anonymous Received on 3/4/15 by Library staff after the Joanne Fluke event for Double Fudge Brownie Murder on 2/26/15