James Chatfield, author of “Dead Cat Alley,” will talk about his first novel on Thursday, Oct. 20. The presentation at the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St., celebrates National Friends of the Library Week.
Chatfield is Jim Smith, editor of The Daily Democrat in Woodland since 1994.
At 5:30 p.m., members of the Friends of the Library will enjoy a reception with the author catered by Fat Cat Café, and at 6:30 p.m. the public is welcome at the free lecture.
While growing up, Smith read many genres. More recently, he has enjoyed the work of authors John Grisham, Tom Clancy, J.K. Rowling and Jim Butcher.
The inspiration for Smith’s novel came from his participation in Mystery Night, an annual murder mystery fundraising event for the Friends of the Library.
For more information about his talk, visit www.woodlandfol.org or call (530) 666-0545.