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Library hosts author readings

Donald Westlake, a master of the comic mystery, also a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, and a three-time Edgar winner will appear Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. and will read from his latest book, "What's So Funny." Westlake, who grew up in Albany was an Academy Award nominee for his screenplay "The Grifters," which starred John Cusack and Angelica Huston. Westlake also wrote screenplays for "Cops and Robbers" and "The Stepfather." Westlake's numerous honors also include the 2002 Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Writers Guild of America and the 2004 Private Eye Writers of America Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Biggins said the appearances by Westlake and Cheever will be ticketed events, meaning they will be free but by reservation only. All authors will appear in the library's community room, which holds about 100 people. A book signing and reception will follow in the hallway after each reading.

"I Love Books will provide the authors' works, and the Friends of the Library will sponsor a book sale here at every event," Biggins said.

David Cooper, president of the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library, said it's another service the Friends are happy to underwrite.

"It's another way for us to show your contribution gives something back to the community," said Cooper. "We're pretty excited."

For information on the new Writers and Friends series, contact the Bethlehem Public Library at 439-9314.

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