Best-selling American author coming to South Shields for talk

Two hundred copies of The Memory Man by David Baldacci have been given out free to customers of South Tyneside Library.
Two hundred copies of The Memory Man by David Baldacci have been given out free to customers of South Tyneside Library.

A best-selling author is set to meet book fans in South Tyneside next week.

Thriller writer David Baldacci, whose 34 novels have sold over 110 million copies, will appear at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, in Market Place, South Shields.

The American will give a talk and answer questions from the audience next Friday at 7pm.

Mr Baldacci, 56, has been writing since childhood, having been born and grown up in Virginia.

His first book, Absolute Power, was made into a major Hollywood film starring and directed by Clint Eastwood and also starring Gene Hackman.

The author has met four US presidents as part of his work, including Barack Obama in a Washington DC bookstore.

Two hundred copies of Mr Baldacci’s book The Memory Man have been given out free to customers at The Word ahead of the event, which costs £3 to attend.

His visit is part of the Big North Book Run, which will see more well-known writers come to The Word.

Sunday Times best-selling author Mandasue Heller will be there next Thursday at 2pm to discuss her novel Run and take part in a question and answer session.

Author Emma Flint will be discussing her debut novel Little Deaths and all things crime fiction at The Word next Friday at 11am.

A crime panel featuring writers Michelle Davies, Aga Lesiewicz and Fiona Cummins will also be held at The Word next Saturday at 1.30pm.

Tickets for all the events are £3 can be booked from www.theworduk.org/whats-on/ or by calling 0191 428 2318.