Jeb Ladouceur introduces new Balkans-based novel in Huntington Nov. 25
In an upcoming event unparalleled among authors Island-wide, Smithtown novelist Jeb Ladouceur will conduct his ninth speaking and book-signing appearance at Huntington’s renowned Book Revue, one of the nation’s ten largest independent bookstores, on Tuesday night, Nov. 25. The free event is slated for 7:30 PM.
Author Ladouceur will introduce “Harvest” at area bookstores beginning with the Book Revue November 25, at 7:30. The novel deals with illicit organ trafficking in The Balkans.
Ladouceur is the author of a widely acclaimed “Wordplay Trilogy” that he introduced at the massive store, and which Smithtown Library Foundation president, James Teese in 2009 called, “Nothing short of terrific!” This month Ladouceur will present his newest novel “Harvest” to the always enthusiastic Book Revue audience.
An award-winning writer, Jeb Ladouceur is now the author of nine novels, and his theater and book reviews appear online and in several major L.I. publications. In this heralded 360-page thriller, an American military doctor is seized and ordered to perform illegal surgeries by a sinister gang of organ traffickers in The Balkans.
Smithtown’s favorite storyteller numbers among his adherents, best-selling author Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper). She was one of the first literary lights to acknowledge eight years ago that, “Long Island’s up-and-coming novelist Jeb Ladouceur is well on his way.”
More recently T.J. Clemente, book reviewer for the iconic Dan’s Papers, stated, “Ladouceur’s novels are brisk, twisted, grisly—and they all work!” Clemente adds, “His books are polished in their story-telling, the characters are neatly developed, and the settings are well researched.”
Shortly thereafter, distinguished AOL critic, Elise Pearlman, dubbed Mr. Ladouceur “Long Island’s incomparable Master of Suspense.”
Asked about the most gratifying occurrence in his event-filled career, the local writer responded quickly and without equivocation, “It was giving the keynote address at 2009’s Smithtown Library Foundation banquet. Obviously my rank-and-file readers are first and foremost among the folks I enjoy meeting with regularly,” said Ladouceur, “but the Foundation Dinner was a once-in-a-lifetime happening. All those dignitaries—those fine members of the community who live and breathe books on a daily basis—it was a unique honor to speak at their awards banquet.”
The fifty-year Smithtown resident has spoken before any number of prestigious organizations. According to his publicist Debbie Lange Fifer, Mr. Ladouceur, in addition to being featured on multiple occasions at the Huntington Book Revue, has been a fixture discussing his novels at bookstores throughout the Northeast, notably several independent outlets including the famed Baby Grand Books in upstate Warwick. He has also been interviewed about his books on “The Joe Bartlett Show” (WOR radio), ‘The Larry Davidson Radio Show’ (WGBB in Freeport), ‘Vic Latino’s Neighborhood’ (Party 105, Ronkonkoma), WRIV in Riverhead, and various other regional radio and television stations.
Ladouceur has twice lectured at Hofstra University, was featured during ‘Meet the Author’ appearances at the Smithtown Public Library, and addressed the Suffolk County Ethical Culture Society. He has been a guest speaker at meetings of The Smithtown Book Club (founded in 1937), the Smithtown Township Arts Council, and several other diverse organizations, including the international literary association, “Sisters In Crime” whose president is the noted Dr. C.B. Knadle of Dix Hills.
The popular writer is a charter member of the Long Island Authors Group and a graduate of Smithtown’s exclusive Writers Workshop. Jeb Ladouceur is recognized throughout Long Island for his career in public relations, advertising, and publishing. A former New York Senate candidate and member of Gov. Mario Cuomo’s State Arson Task Force, the St. John’s graduate is the founder and Publisher Emeritus of The Fire News, circulated continuously among firefighters in the Northeast since 1973.
Mr. Ladouceur and his wife Elizabeth live in the historic “Landing” area of Smithtown. Their five married children all reside with their families in New York. The author may be contacted at 631-278-5100 or by e-mail at JebLadouceur@aol.com.
Photos by Debbie Lange Fifer