Internationally known authors such as Robin Cook and Karna Small Bodman will nestle into designer interpretations of their writing "domains," meet fans and sign books as part of "Writer's Domain" at Norris Home Furnishings Jan. 18 and 19 to benefit First Book Collier.
The Writer's Domain includes a number of events:
■ All day Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, a Barnes & Noble Book Fair at Waterside shops, with a percentage of sales benefiting First Book Collier.
■ $35-per-person reception, preview and book-signing 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Norris Home Furnishings, 5015 U.S. 41 N, Naples. Authors will "reside" in their personalized Norris domains, greet guests and sign books. Wine and hours d'oeuvres will be served. Reservations are required.
■ A free book-signing event from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 19, with the authors, will take place at Norris Home Furnishings.
■ Marla Ottenstein, Naples professional organizer and Naples Daily News "Get Organized" columnist, will present a seminar titled "Get Organized: Organizing Your Home Office," from noon to 12:45 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19. A donation of $20 per person to attend will go to First Book-Collier County. Reservations are required at 239-263-0580.
An additional book signing will be at Barnes & Noble, Waterside Shops, on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2-4 p.m.
First Book-Collier County, a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, provides new books to children pre-k through first grade who are living in poverty in the community. Each book has a nameplate with the student's name printed on it. The books are theirs to keep.
Norris Home Furnishings is at 5015 U.S. 41 North, Naples. For information and to make reservations for the Jan. 18 preview and Jan. 19 seminar, call 239-263-0580.
Among the participating high-wattage authors at the Writer's Domain Jan. 18 and 19, whose domains are themed by their featured books, are:
Robin Cook. A medical doctor and author, Cook pioneered the medical thriller genre, writing such bestsellers as "Outbreak," "Harmful Intent" and "Coma." He has 28 New York Times bestsellers. His featured book at the event will be his newest, "Nano."
Cook lives and works in Naples and Boston.
Karna Small Bodman. Bodman, who has a home in Naples, is a former senior director and spokesman for the National Security Council. She has written thrillers such as "Checkmate" and "Gambit." Her featured book for this event is "Castle Bravo."
Ben Bova. Bova has written more than 120 futuristic novels and nonfiction books. His 2006 novel "Titan" received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year, and he won the 2008 Robert A. Hemlein Award "for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature." His featured book at this event is "Orion & King Arthur."
Bova lives in Naples.
James Lilliefors. Lilliefors is a former feature writer for the Naples Daily News and was head writer for the Philharmonic Center for the Arts until 2011. He is author of "America's Boardwalks: From Coney Island to California," as well as several fiction works. His featured books include his newest, "The Leviathan Effect."
Margaret Cardillo. Cardillo, a Naples native, received the Michener fellowship at the University of Miami MFA program in creative writing. Her featured children's book, "Just Being Audrey," is a biography of Audrey Hepburn for children. It won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal in children's literature.
Kelle Hampton. Napleswriter and photographer Kelle Hampton has daughter with Down syndrome, and wrote a book about her experiences that has taken to her national TV shows and has helped her raise more than $200,000 for the National Down syndrome Society. That book, "Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected," is her featured book.
Michael Connors. Connors is known for his books on design in tropical countries such as "British West Indies Style." He gained access to photograph preserved mansions in Cuba, including courtyards and details previously unpublished, to create his featured book at this event, "The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture & Interior Design." Among those homes is Finca Vigia ("Lookout House"), the former residence of Ernest Hemingway.
Barbara King. King started her own fashion consulting business in 1995, and has been helping people organize their closets, shop fashion trends and find a style that works best for them. Her featured book is "Be Delicious Now: The Ultimate Fashion Secrets!"