The premiere event of the new Susan Buzzett Clementson Author Series will be held Saturday, May 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and the Arts.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. A. J. Tata, author of the seven national best-selling Captain Jake Mahegan and Threat book series, is the featured writer at the event. He recently teamed up with best-selling author Nicholas Irving for their book “Reaper: Ghost Target – A Sniper Novel,” the third release in the Reaper series.

This newest book hits the stands Tuesday.

Attendees at the May 19 Author Series will get to meet Gen. Tata, listen to his presentation on his new book, and enjoy beer and brats refreshments.

The May 19 event launches an author series, named in honor of a lifelong advocate of libraries, literature, and the importance of library programs, who passed away Dec. 30, 2017. Her career included work as a librarian at Pine Hills Elementary School in Orlando and head of the Rosman Middle and High School Library in Brevard, North Carolina.

Clementson connected with the Apalachicola library when she returned to the area to be with family, and became a leader in advancing new programs to provide education and literacy. She advocated for a new library location where all children of Franklin County would have access to library services. Her vision and support led to the development of the new facility that opened in Feb. 2018.

The new author series program, produced in conjunction with PALS - Patrons of the Apalachicola Library Society, to bring best-selling national and regional authors to Apalachicola, with events running from October through May.

This first event is sponsored, in part, by Oyster City Brewing Co., Downtown Books and Purl, and Magic Time Literary Agency.

It is appropriate the May 19 program features a bestselling author of military accomplishments, as that date is Armed Services Day, celebrating men and women in the branches of the U.S. military service.

Tickets for the Author Series event featuring Tata are $45 per person, $70 per couple, which also includes a copy of the new Reaper book and refreshments. Tickets are available at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library, 80 12th Street, Apalachicola, or online at or call 653-8436.