The Patrons of Apalachicola Library Society is thrilled to sponsor author Patti Callahan Henry, at Apalachicola's Robert Lindsley Studio Gallery on Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of “The Idea of Love” and “Driftwood Summer,” Henry has written a new novel, released this week, entitled “The Bookshop at Water’s End.” a story about women who spent their childhood summers in a small Southern town that harbors secrets as lush as the marshes surrounding it.

“Bookshops are sanctuaries,” begins Henry as she reflects on a difficult time during childhood, “When I was twelve years old, my family moved from the Northeast to South Florida. The shock and imbalance sent me running to a place where I had already found solace through most of my childhood: books. The best bookshops offer not only what is on the shelves, but also a sense of community, a place to gather and share, a ‘home’ that settles the heart.”

Henry’s works also include “The Stories We Tell,” “And Then I Found You,” “Coming Up for Air,” “The Perfect Love Song,” “”The Art of Keeping Secrets,” “Between the Tides,” “When Light Breaks,” “Where the River Runs” and “Losing the Moon.” Short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated multiple times for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for Fiction, Henry is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs and women’s groups.

Join in a lively and informative discussion with her during the evening event, including book signings. Each $35 ticket includes a copy of her latest book.

Tickets may be purchased at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library, Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Books & Purl, and Forgotten Books.

All funds raised go to help outfit the new library. Make checks payable to Patrons of the Apalachicola Library Society (PALS). For more information call 653-8436 or visit apalachicolalibrary.com.