CANCELLED: 2020 Mansfield Reads! - Evening with the Author

UPDATE:  Following a call this afternoon with the Governor’s Office and based on recommendations and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Tarrant County Public Health, Mansfield Mayor David Cook has regretfully informed the Pickle Mansfield Society that their event scheduled for this weekend has been canceled.

“This cancellation of the St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza includes all public events planned for Friday and Saturday in Historic Downtown Mansfield, and is absolutely necessary to protect the safety and welfare of our citizens, our employees and the public at-large,” said Mayor Cook.

The advice from public health officials and the City of Mansfield Office of Emergency Management clearly stated that due to the current public health emergency and based on best infectious disease prevention practices, it is highly recommended that all other large public events in the near future be canceled to prevent the spread of infectious disease within our community.

“Mansfield neighbors have always helped take care of one another - especially our seniors and most vulnerable,” Cook said. “We are disappointed to lose this celebration, but proud to do our part to slow down this virus and save lives. I encourage every person in Mansfield to do what you can to protect yourself from this virus, and then begin to think about how you can help others protect themselves. This is the right thing to do, and we’ll make sure next year’s parade is the best ever."

City officials are also currently evaluating all upcoming City programs and events at public facilities to determine their status. Information on any future cancellations and postponements will be posted on the City’s official website, and on its social media channels. Further information from the State of Texas can be found at


What is Mansfield Reads? Each April the Friends of the Mansfield Public Library host Mansfield Reads! where we encourage everyone to read the same book at the same time. For the big finale, we bring in the author of the featured book to speak, answer questions and sign autographs.

The guest author for 2020 will be John Hart, a former defense attorney, stockbroker and a New York Times Bestselling Author of six novels.

His newest title, “The Hush,” was released in 2019. Hart has been nominated for many awards including: 

  • The Edgar Award (Down River and The Last Child)
  • Barry Award
  • Southern Independent Bookseller’s Award for Fiction
  • Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award
  • North Carolina Award for Literature 

Hart is the only author in history to have won the best novel Edgar Award for consecutive titles and has had his novels translated into 30 languages. John resides in Virginia where he writes full-time. 



Apr 24th, 2020 6:00pm - Apr 24th, 2020 8:00pm




Legacy High School
1263 N. Main Street
Mansfield, TX, Texas 76063

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