Cannon Beach Library hosts author, former diplomat Stephen Holgate

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The Cannon Beach Library will host suspense writer and former American Embassy diplomat Stephen Holgate at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 on a Facebook Live presentation.
Viewers can join from the library’s Facebook page or from the library’s website,
Holgate will discuss his latest book, “To Live and Die in the Floating World,” a thriller set on a tourist boat on the canals of Burgundy. The boat is similar to the one Holgate once worked on as a crew member. How his own experience compares with that of his fictional characters may be answered in his discussion.
His previous suspense/thrillers, “Tangier” and “Madagascar” and “Sri Lanka,” are based on the characters, conversations and experiences he encountered in those locations while he worked in the diplomatic service.
He served as a diplomat for American embassies in France, Madagascar, Morocco, Mexico and Sri Lanka.
In addition to his foreign service posts, Holgate spent several years as a congressional staffer; headed a committee staff of the Oregon State Senate; managed two electoral campaigns; acted with the national tour of an improvisational theater group.
“Tangier,” his first novel, gained critical acclaim, and made the Bookreaders 10-best list in the indie mystery/suspense category.
His second novel, “Madagascar,” received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, a nomination from Forward Reviews as best book of the year in the fiction category, and another listing from Bookreaders as among the 10 best mystery/suspense novels of the year.
In addition to his novels, Holgate has published several short stories, produced a one-man play and written freelance articles.
He lives with his wife, Felicia, in Portland.