SPEAK 2024

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s SPEAK: An Explorative Lecture Series will feature authors in 2024 who touch on our theme of Read, Discover, Play.

Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning
to the 20th century with The Alice Network, The Huntress, The Rose Code, and The Diamond Eye. All have been translated into multiple languages.

Kate will discuss her research and works on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm in Old National Events Plaza Ballroom A. Thanks to the generosity of the EVPL Foundation, this event is FREE and open to all.

VIP Reception

Mingle with Kate Quinn, enjoy light refreshments, and receive VIP seating at the SPEAK presentation when you purchase a ticket to our VIP Reception. Tickets cost $30 and proceeds benefit the EVPL Foundation.

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Prior to the SPEAK event, we will host several programs for library users of all ages to explore our theme of Read. Discover. Play.

EVPL Programs

Kate Quinn’s Diamond Eye: a novel based on Lady Death
Saturday, March 2 at 12:00 pm at EVPL Red Bank

Learn about Lyudmila Mikhailovna Pavlichenko, also known as Lady Death, the famed WW2 Russian sniper credited with 309 enemy kills. Discuss Quinn’s novelization of Pavlichenko’s story of the war, and of her publicity tour of the US to encourage the opening of a second front. 

Kate Quinn Book Discussion: The Rose Code
Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 pm at EVPL Oaklyn

Meet Osla, Beth, and Mab, three codebreakers at Bletchley Park in England during WWII who work to uncover a spy in their midst.

Kate Quinn Book Discussion: The Huntress*
Monday, March 18 at 4:00 pm at EVPL East

Discuss the infamous Night Witches – an all-female bomber regiment – who operate on the icy edge of Soviet Russia. *Registration required.


Read, Listen, Learn, and Dialogue Together

SPEAK is a lecture and discussion series that aims to bring in authors, thought leaders, and speakers each year.

Through the SPEAK initiative, EVPL hopes to further our vision of communities united through shared exploration and understanding by supporting and encouraging conversation. Empathy and compassion are grown through words, whether spoken or written. SPEAK encourages our community to speak up and speak together.

To financially support SPEAK, you can donate to the EVPL Foundation.

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Erika Qualls Barnett

Erika is a cardigan-loving Hufflepuff that enjoys the Cubs, reading, and walks with her husband.