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The Bailey Library in Winthrop will virtually host international bestselling author Tess Gerritsen at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. The event is the third part of a yearlong series celebrating Maine women that will run through 2021.

Gerritsen’s novels, featuring detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, inspired the TNT television series “Rizzoli & Isles.” Her books have been top-three bestsellers in the United States and No. 1 bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award for excellence in the mystery genre, and the Rita Award — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction.

A graduate of Stanford University, Gerritsen went to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. Her first novel was published in 1987.

Gerritsen also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”, which aired as a CBS movie starring Kate Jackson. Also a filmmaker, she and her son Josh have just completed production of a feature-length documentary.

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time and lives in Maine.

The public is invited to attend via Zoom by visiting baileylibrary.org/athome and navigating to the Virtual Events tab. For help attending, email director Richard Fortin at [email protected].