With support from the Sanibel Public Library Foundation, the SPL has launched a series of virtual author talks; a range of talks from bestselling authors and thought leaders.

Register for online author talks this fall! Each webinar will include the opportunity for you to ask questions.

Virtual Author Talk with Geraldine Brooks

Horse, March, People of the Book

7 PM EST on Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/20733

Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred, Lexington, who became America’s greatest stud sire, Horse is a gripping, multi-layered reckoning with the legacy of enslavement and racism in America.

“Brooks’ chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling.” —The New York Times Book Review

Horse isn’t just an animal story—it’s a moving narrative about race and art.” —TIME

About the Author: Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her first novel, Year of Wonders, is an international bestseller, and People of the Book is a New York Times bestseller translated into 20 languages. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.

To borrow books by Geraldine Brooks in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog

Click here to download eBooks by Geraldine Brooks via Libby app

Click here to download eBooks by Geraldine Book via Hoopla Digital

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Virtual Author Talk with Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, and Anxious People:

2 pm EST on Saturday, December 10, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/22347

You’re invited to an online afternoon conversation with author Fredrik Backman.

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called OveMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s SorryBritt-Marie Was HereBeartownUs Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand and Instagram @Backmansk.

Click here to download eBooks by Backman en Español via Hoopla Digital

Click here to download eBooks by Fredrik Backman via Libby app

Virtual Author Talk with Nicole Eustace

Covered with Night:

A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America

Noon EST on Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/20927

You’re invited to explore early-American history during an online afternoon conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Nicole Eustace as she discusses her 2022 award winning book Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America. Eustace reconstructs a murder and its aftermath, bringing us into the overlapping worlds of white colonists and Indigenous peoples in the early 1700s.

Nicole Eustace is a professor of history at New York University. A historian of the early modern Atlantic and the early U.S., she specializes in the history of emotion. She is author of Pulitzer-Prize winning Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America, as well as Passion Is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution and of 1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism as well as coeditor of Warring for America: Cultural Contests in the Era of 1812.

Click here to download eBooks by Nicole Eustace via Hoopla Digital


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Virtual Author Talk with Lisa Napoli

The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR 

4 PM EDT on Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Register for this author talk here:  https://libraryc.org/sanlib/20065 

You’re invited to a talk with writer, journalist, and broadcaster, Lisa Napoli, as she discusses her group biography of the four women whose voices defined NPR, Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR. The books is a deep dive into the careers of the journalists who helped make NPR a household name.

About the Author: Lisa Napoli, a native of Brooklyn and graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Before escaping daily journalism, Lisa worked at a variety of news outlets including the New York Times CyberTimesMSNBC, and the public radio show Marketplace, covering everything from presidential campaigns, artists in Los Angeles, the Waco hostage standoff, an outdoor hacker convention, and the then-emerging culture of the Internet and digital technology. Along with Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie, Lisa has also written Radio Shangri-LaRay & Joan, and Up All Night. 

To borrow Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog

Click here to borrow Napoli’s eBooks on Hoopla Digital.


Virtual Author Talk with Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry 

2 PM EDT on Thursday, November 10, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/20239

Register for a dazzlingly entertaining virtual chat with author Bonnie Garmus as she discusses her debut New York Times bestselling novel Lessons in Chemistry.

A must-read debut! Meet Elizabeth Zott: a “formidable, unapologetic and inspiring” (PARADE) scientist in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show in this novel that is “irresistible, satisfying and full of fuel. It reminds you that change takes time and always requires heat” (The New York Times Book Review).  

About the Author: Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter and creative director who has worked widely in the fields of technology, medicine, and education. Born  in California, she currently lives in London.

To place a hold or borrow Lessons in Chemistry in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog

To place a hold or to borrow Lessons in Chemistry Libby eBook: https://sanibel.overdrive.com/search?query=bonnie+garmus


Virtual Author Talk with Kwame Christian

How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race:

Practical Tools for Necessary Change in the Workplace and Beyond

Noon EST on Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/21175

If we want a more equitable workplace—and a more equitable world—we have to talk to each other about race. But, for so many of us, that’s easier said than done. When we avoid conversations about race, it’s often because of fear: fear of discomfort, or of damaging important relationships; fear of being misunderstood, “canceled,” ostracized.

Negotiation expert Kwame Christian’s motto is: “The best things in life are on the other side of difficult conversations.” How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race equips you with the skills you need to make these crucial conversations both easier and more productive. You’ll not only gain the confidence to talk about race, but also learn how to actually make a difference when you do. Register for this virtual talk with Kwame Christian.

About the Author: Kwame Christian is a best-selling author, lawyer, professor, and the Managing Director of the American Negotiation Institute. He has conducted countless specialized trainings worldwide and is a highly sought after keynote speaker. His best-selling book, Finding Confidence in Conflict: How to Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best Life has helped countless individuals overcome the fear, anxiety and emotion associated with difficult conversations using the Compassionate Curiosity™ Framework. He’s also host of the Negotiate Anything Podcast. With over four million downloads and listeners in more than 180 countries, it is the most popular negotiation podcast in the world. In addition, Kwame is a business lawyer at Carlile, Patchen & Murphy LLP and serves as a professor for The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in its top-ranked dispute resolution program and Otterbein University’s MBA program.


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