photo of Lee ChildAn Evening with the Author

Lee Child


Internationally acclaimed best-selling thriller writer Lee Child appeared before a crowd of over 300 fans to discuss his books and career.  Mr. Child regaled the audience with his personal history and the creation of his iconic hero, Jack Reacher.  Thanks for a great evening!

Want to read or listen to one of Mr. Child's books? Check out the Library catalog.


About Lee Child

Lee Child's website

The Independent: Lee Child on Jack Reacher - How the best-selling author writes his mysteries (January 5, 2015)

Esquire: What Lee Child Has Learned from Writing the Jack Reacher Books - December 4, 2014 An Interview With International Best-Selling Author Lee Child - September 4, 2014

CBS News: "Personal": Lee Child releases 19th Jack Reacher novel (video) - September 1, 2014

NPR: This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel (audio) - August 31, 2014 10 Questions with Lee Child - September 18, 2013

Wall Street Journal Book Club: Thriller Writer Chooses 'Sophie's Choice' - August 28, 2014

New York Times Book Review: Lee Child - By the Book - December 20, 2012 Lee Child on His New Thriller, Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher and Wandering Heroes - September 19, 2012

WTTW Chicago Tonight: Interview with Lee Child (video) - September 19, 2012

Atlas Society: Thriller: Lee Child and the creation of Jack Reacher - March 17, 2011

Reviews of Lee Child's latest book Personal

Denver Post

The Guardian

Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal

Lincoln Journal Star

Publishers Weekly

Sydney Morning Herald

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

(2015 Selection)

About the Book  About the Author 
Reviews Events
Awards and Accolades Discussion Questions
Other Works by the Author Partners
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Awards and Accolades


Some Luck Book cover

Honoring Jane Smiley

Fulbright Fellowship (1976-77)

National Endowment of the Arts Grant Recipient (1978, 1987)

Arts and Letters Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters (1997)

Pen USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature (2006)


Honoring Jane Smiley's Works


At Paradise Gate (1981)

Friends of American Writers Prize (1982)

A Thousand Acres (1991)

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1992) 


National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (1991)


Ambassador Book Award for Fiction (1992) 


Midland Authors Award (1992)


Heartland Prize (1991)

Moo (1995) 

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (1995)

The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton (1998)

Spur Award for Best Novel of the West (1999)

Horse Heaven (2000)

Short-listed for the Orange Prize (2001)

Some Luck (2014)

National Book Award Longlist, Fiction (2014)

Library Journal: Top Ten Books of 2014

NPR: Best Books of 2014

USA Today: 10 Books We Loved Reading in 2014

Washington Post: Top 50 Fiction Books for 2014

Short Story Collections

The Age of Grief (1987)

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Short Stories

"The Pleasure of Her Company.” Mademoiselle, March 1981.
O. Henry Award (1982)

"Lily.” The Atlantic Monthly, July 1984. First Prize winner.
O. Henry Award (1985)

"Long Distance.” The Atlantic Monthly, January 1987.
O. Henry Award (1988)

"The Life of the Body.” Antaeus, Autumn 1994.
O. Henry Award (1996)



          Funding for One Book, Everybody Reads is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.


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New Catalog Interface

On September 15th, the library system that Wilmette Public Library is a part of will be transitioning to a new catalog interface. Here are some important facts for you to know:

- My Lists and My Shelves will be private in the new catalog interface.

- The new catalog interface does not have social media elements.

- You will not need to set your account up again. You will access the new interface with your library barcode number and current password.

- If you've bookmarked the link to the current catalog interface, it will redirect you to our new interface on September 15th.

We are offering tutorials of the new interface for the public on September 15 at 2 pm and 7 pm and on September 16 at 2 pm.  If you have any questions, please call the library at (847) 256-5025.


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