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

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

xkcd Webcomic and What if? Series Creator – Virtual Author Talk with Randall Munroe

2 PM EST on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/21980


Please join for what is sure to be the most fun-filled hour of the day as we chat online with Randall Munroe about his new book What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help. Planning to ride a fire pole from the moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the atmosphere by opening everyone’s freezer door at the same time? Maybe it’s time for a brief introduction to thermodynamics. Want to know what would happen if you rode a helicopter blade, built a billion-story building, made a lava lamp out of lava, or jumped on a geyser as it erupted? Okay, if you insist.

Unfazed by absurdity, Randall consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airplane-catapult design to clearly and concisely answer his readers’ questions. As he consistently demonstrates, you can learn a lot from examining how the world might work in very specific extreme circumstances.

Filled with bonkers science, boundless curiosity, and Randall’s signature stick-figure comics, What if? 2 provides his best answers yet to the weirdest questions you never thought to ask.

About the Author: Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical QuestionsThing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple WordsHow To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real World Problems, and What if? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. He studyied physics at Christopher Newport University, then got a job building robots at NASA Langley Research Center. In 2006 he left NASA to draw comics on the internet full time and has since been nominated for a Hugo Award three times. In 2013, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid after him: asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause mass extinction if it ever hits a planet like Earth.

To borrow Randall Munroe’s books in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog

To borrow Randall Munroe’s Libby eBooks: https://libbyapp.com/search/sanibel/creator-760745/page-1


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Virtual Author Talk with Namina Forna The Gilded Ones Series

2 PM EST on Thursday, January 12, 2023

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/21566

Join us for an action-packed conversation with New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Ones Series in a discussion about her second installment in the series, The Merciless Ones. 

“Namina Forna could be the Toni Morrison of YA fantasy.” —Refinery 29
“Fans of Children of Blood and Bone, Mulan, and the Dora Milaje from Black Panther are going to adore this one.” —BuzzFeed
“Namina Forna introduces readers to an intricate, West African-inspired fantasy world.”—POPSUGAR
About the Author: Namina Forna is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Gilded Ones, the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy. She has an MFA in film and TV production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA from Spelman College. She now works as a screenwriter in LA and loves telling stories with fierce female leads. Visit her on Twitter at @NaminaForna and Instagram at @namina.forna.

To borrow books by Namina Forna in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog


Virtual Author Talk with Dana K. White “Decluttering to Start Your New Year”

2 PM EST on Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Register for this author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sanlib/21773

You’re invited to start your new year calm and collected by learning to become better organized and clutter-free with Dana K. White, creator of popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean, as she imparts tips from her books Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life.

While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, many of us simply can’t purge it all and start from nothing. Yet, a home with too much stuff is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress.  If the thought of decluttering overwhelms you, Dana White’s humor and practical, reality-based tips will give you exactly what you need to start making an impact on your space. In this deep-dive webinar, Dana will share actionable mindset shifts that will free you to make fast decluttering progress using minimal emotional energy. In addition, she offers sustainable ideas to simplify and manage your home and will teach you how to make great strides with minimal effort in every room of our home.

About the author: Dana K. White is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a Decluttering Expert. Dana shares realistic home management strategies and a message of hope for the hopelessly messy in her books: Organizing for the Rest of UsDecluttering at the Speed of Life, and How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind through her blog, podcast, and videos at ASlobComesClean.com.

To borrow White’s book in print: Sanibel Public Library catalog

To borrow White’s Libby eBook: https://libbyapp.com/search/sanibel/creator-1106642/page-1


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

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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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