Author’s Night featuring Irvin


GREENVILLE — Mark those calendars for Author’s Night series 2017. The Friends of the Library sponsor these events each winter to enrich the community’s literary experience and to offer fun Friday night get-togethers during the cold months.

Held at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville where food and drink can be purchased, the evening is always extra-festive with live music by the J.R. Price and Bill Westfall.

“You may want to Google these authors to see what a treat we’re in for – interesting, accomplished, award-winning writers who have their own stories to tell,” said organizers. “Author’s Night offers an opportunity to meet and get to know some of the best novelists, poets, and bloggers from all over Ohio.”

Friday, Jan. 13 is J.R. Irvin; Friday, Feb. 17, The Greenville Poets; Friday, March 3, Vivian Blevins; and Friday, April 7, Lee Martin.

“As always these authors represent a wide variety of subject matter and styles,” said organizers.

Known to her friends as Jan, J. R. Irvin is the 2015 Jeremiah Healy Mystery Winner for her debut novel The Dark End of the Rainbow. A career educator, she retired in 2008 after teaching Spanish and English at Springboro High School, Centerville City Schools and Alter High School. Until recently she taught Spanish as an adjunct professor at Wright State.

“Writing is my job now,” says Irvin.

“We are proud that the January Author’s Night is the official launch of Jan’s just-published second novel The Rules of the Game,” said a spokesperson. “Jan plans to hold drawings for several prizes and her books will be available for purchase.”

Irvin has served as a long-time volunteer for the Antioch Writers Workshop. She shared that she will be a First Book Talk speaker at the 2017 Workshop in July.

“It’s such an honor to be invited to present there,” she said.

Her stories have appeared in both print and online journals and magazines including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Spark a creative anthology.

Irvin grew up near Youngstown where she says, “my father was very encouraging of my writing. He’d be so proud.”

Irvin and her husband live in Springboro at the edge of a nature park where they are avid canoeists. Learn more about her novels and writing career at

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