Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries

Becky Masterman draws upon her background in forensic science to create compelling mystery novels.

Becky Masterman draws upon her background in forensic science to create compelling mystery novels.

Author’s luncheon – Nov. 20

Meet thriller writer Becky Masterman at the Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries Author Luncheon on Friday, November 20 at 11:30 a.m. As the former editor of a forensic medicine encyclopedia, Masterman brings a unique background to her mysteries. Largely unknown to the general public, she has received widespread praise from critics for her first mystery novel, Rage Against the Dying, and more rave reviews for her just published second thriller, Fear the Darkness, and is already working on a third. Her books feature a fun and fearless 59-year-old retired FBI agent named Brigid Quinn. Masterman has just signed a contract to option Rage Against the Dying as the beginning of a new television series. She is generously contributing 10% of proceeds from the sale of her books at this event to the Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries, which supports the three SaddleBrooke libraries.

Tickets are now on sale for $29 at the HOA 2 administration annex. A beautiful luncheon of chicken citrus salad will be served or you may choose a vegetarian option. Act now; only a limited number of seats remain.

If you have questions about this event, please contact the co-chairs of FSL Author Luncheons: Judy Kany at 520-818-1181, [email protected] or Elaine Kienitz at 520-825-1560, [email protected].

Plan to join a spring tour of Santa Fe

The Friends of the SaddleBrooke Libraries is sponsoring a spring tour to Santa Fe, New Mexico, from April 24 through 29, 2016. Activities will include a walking tour of historic Santa Fe, visits to several museums and a day trip to Taos. The first night’s stay will be in Winslow, Arizona, at the historic La Posada Hotel. The four nights in Santa Fe will be in deluxe suites at the Hotel Santa Fe located in the heart of the city. Mark your calendar and get ready to experience Santa Fe in the spring. A detailed itinerary will be available soon and reservations will be taken starting on November 1, 2015.

Attend a timely lecture sponsored by FSL

On July 20, 2015, Cuba and the United States restored diplomatic relations, which had been severed in 1961 during the Cold War. Negotiated in secret in Canada and the Vatican City over the preceding months, and with the assistance of Pope Francis, the agreement led to the lifting of some U.S. travel restrictions, fewer restrictions on remittances, U.S. banks access to the Cuban financial system and the establishment of a U.S. embassy in Havana. These changes will provide U.S. citizens with new opportunities to travel to Cuba and learn more about this island nation.

On Thursday, November 19, University of Arizona Professor Dereka Rushbrooke will present the lecture Cuba Today; Dereka will share her observations about Cuba and her experiences while traveling there. She accompanies University of Arizona students each summer on visits to Cuba. This lecture, offered jointly with the SaddleBrooke Spanish Culture Club, will be held in the MountainView Clubhouse ballroom from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Non-FSL members will be charged a $5 fee to attend this lecture.