Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries offers series of events for inquiring minds

Southwest Indian pottery and American Indian basketry will be discussed at the January meeting of FSL.

Southwest Indian pottery and American Indian basketry will be discussed at the January meeting of FSL.

William “Kent” Krueger will be the featured speaker at the FSL spring luncheon.

William “Kent” Krueger will be the featured speaker at the FSL spring luncheon.

If you like to learn about the American Southwest, discover new authors or read compelling novels, fasten your seatbelt. The Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries (FSL) is taking you on a great trip without ever leaving SaddleBrooke! Mark your calendar to attend these upcoming events. Each is sure to spark your imagination and expand your knowledge. All will be held in the MountainView Clubhouse ballroom.

January 21, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. Treasures of the Southwest

The Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries (FSL) annual membership kick-off event will showcase two of the Arizona State Museum’s (ASM) renown collections, the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections of Southwest Indian pottery and American Indian basketry. Two ASM curators of ethnological collections, Andrew Higgins and Diane Dittemore, will share highlights from the museum’s pottery and basketry collections using slides and actual items from the museum. Annual membership dues for FSL start at $20 per household with additional benefits given to those who become members at a higher level. Renewals and new memberships now can be paid online at This is a free lecture.

February 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. The Untold Story of the Gunfight at the OK Corral

Gerry Miller will share his extensive knowledge of Arizona history in a fascinating presentation about the famous 30-second long gunfight in downtown Tombstone that occurred on October 26, 1881. Books and movies have portrayed this brief gun battle as typical of life in the American “Wild West.” However, almost no one knows what the late Paul Harvey would call “the rest of the story” related to that gunfight. Who were the players in the aftermath of the great gunfight? Gerry’s presentation tells the story of the pursuers and pursued as well as the fates of all those involved.

Non-FSL members will be charged a $5 fee to attend this lecture.

February 20, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Southern Arizona Author Expo

Experience a slice of the Tucson Festival of Books right on your doorstep! This is your opportunity to meet 60 Southern Arizona authors, learn more about their work and buy signed copies of their books. Authors hailing from Catalina, Green Valley, Marana, Oro Valley, Parks, Tucson, SaddleBrooke, Sierra Vista and Vail are gathering for this very special event. Their work ranges from historical fiction to children’s books, mysteries to non-fiction and everything in between. It’s a great way to discover a new author or buy the latest work of a favorite writer. Plus this event helps to support the work of the local authors who help make Southern Arizona such a special place to live. This is a free event.

March 14, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. Spring Author’s Luncheon

FSL is proud to present author William “Kent” Krueger as the featured speaker at our next luncheon. Krueger is the New York Times best-selling author of 14 mysteries in the Cork O’Connor Series, including Tamarack County and Windigo Island. His novel Ordinary Grace won the 2014 Edgar Award as well as the Barry, Anthony and Macavity Awards, for Best Novel. His new novel, This Tender Land, is slated for release in spring 2016. Krueger harnesses his intimate knowledge of Minnesota’s northern reaches and his respect for Native American life, ancient and modern, to create haunting novels filled with vivid characters. Tickets for the luncheon are $29 and can be purchased at the HOA 2 Administrative Office beginning on January 5. The meal is an Asian Chicken Salad or Vegetarian option. All ticket sales are final. For additional information about the luncheon, call 825-2818.

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