WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to know in Wilmington on Tuesday, December 15, 2020:
#1) Wilmington Library To Host James Patterson Visit
The Tewksbury Public Library and Wilmington Memorial Library have joined forces with 10 other Massachusetts libraries and Haley Booksellers to host bestselling author James Patterson in conversation with bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan for a Crowdcast webinar on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7pm.
Patterson will discuss his two brand new books – The Last Days of John Lennon and Deadly Cross.
Space is limited. Registration is required and can be found at www.tinyurl.com/jamespattersonvisit. While this virtual event is completely free, attendees can purchase autographed copies of both books to be shipped to their homes from the event’s bookstore partner – Haley Booksellers.
About The Last Days of John Lennon: The greatest true-crime story in music history, as only James Patterson can tell it. With the Beatles, John Lennon surpasses his youthful dreams, achieving a level of superstardom that defies classification. “We were the best bloody band there was,” he says. “There was nobody to touch us.” Nobody except the original nowhere man, Mark David Chapman. Chapman once worshipped his idols from afar—but now harbors grudges against those, like Lennon, whom he feels betrayed him. He’s convinced Lennon has misled fans with his message of hope and peace. And Chapman’s not staying away any longer. By the summer of 1980, Lennon is recording new music for the first time in years, energized and ready for it to be “(Just Like) Starting Over.” He can’t wait to show the world what he will do. Neither can Chapman, who quits his security job and boards a flight to New York, a handgun and bullets stowed in his luggage. The greatest true-crime story in music history, as only James Patterson can tell it. Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon’s friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, The Last Days of John Lennon is the thrilling true story of two men who changed history: One whose indelible songs enliven our world to this day—and the other who ended the beautiful music with five pulls of a trigger. Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge serve as co-authors.
About Deadly Cross: The murder of a glamorous DC socialite becomes Alex Cross’s deadliest case since Along Came a Spider. Kay Willingham led a life as glamorous as it was public-she was a gorgeous Georgetown socialite, philanthropist, and the ex-wife of the vice president. So why was she parked in a Bentley convertible idling behind a DC private school, in the middle of the night, with the man who was the head of that school? Who shot them both, point blank, and why? The shocking double homicide is blazed across the internet, TV, newspapers — and across Alex Cross’s mind. Kay had been his patient once. And maybe more. While John Sampson of DC Metro Police investigates the last movements of Christopher Randall, the educator killed along with Kay Willingham, detective Alex Cross and FBI special agent Ned Mahoney find unanswered questions from Willingham’s past, before she arrived in DC and became known in DC society as someone who could make things happen. They travel to Alabama to investigate Kay’s early years. There they find a world of trouble, corruption, and secrets, all of them closed to outsiders like Cross and Mahoney. Kay had many enemies, but all of them seemed to need her alive. The harder the investigators push, the more resistance they find when they leave behind the polite law offices and doctors’ quarters of the state capital. Alex Cross will need to use all his skills as a doctor, a detective, and a family man to prevent that resistance from turning lethal…again.
Moderator Hank Phillippi Ryan is a USA Today bestselling author of 12 thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. Book critics call her “a master of suspense,” “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Hank’s newest standalone psychological suspense thriller is The First To Lie. Publisher Weekly starred review says: “Stellar. Ryan could win a sixth Agatha win this one.”
This event is sponsored by a collection of Massachusetts libraries and Haley Booksellers.
#2) Watch Wilmington Board Of Health Meeting
The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm via Zoom. Read the agenda HERE.
#3) Watch Wilmington Town Hall/School Administration Building Committee Meeting
The Wilmington Town Hall/School Administration Building Committee meets at 6pm. Read the agenda HERE.
#4) Watch Wilmington Board Of Library Trustees Meeting
The Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7pm via Zoom. Read the agenda HERE.
#5) Watch Shawsheen Tech School Committee Meeting
The Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 7:30pm via the school’s YouTube page. Read the agenda HERE.
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