Get to know some of your favorite authors and enjoy Q&A opportunities with bestsellers through one of the following virtual author talks available to Bethlehem cardholders. Talks will occasionally feature more than one author at a time, and additional copies of the featured books will be available.
July 27 at 7 p.m.
Join us for a live author event discussing their latest thrillers with Julie Clark (“The Lies I Tell”), Joshua Moehling (“And There He Kept Her”), and Carter Wilson (“The New Neighbor”).
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Aug. 3 at 2 p.m.
Author talk with Dr. Marcia Chatelain: “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America”
We invite you to an invigorating discourse of scholarship and cultural history with Dr. Marcia Chatelain as she discusses her Pulitzer prize-winning book, “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.” Dr. Chatelain, a highly accomplished professor and scholar of African American life and culture, is a frequent public speaker with expertise in food justice, race and ethnicity, and Urban Policy and consults for many media outlets including, The Atlantic, C-Span, MSNBC, CNN, and BBC America.
In “Franchise,” Dr. Chatelain set out to discover the interplay between fast-food restaurants and their saturation within black neighborhoods. McDonald’s has often been blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans.
Aug. 9 at 9 p.m.
“Long Bright River”: Author Talk with Liz Moore
The novel takes place in Philadelphia, where Moore has lived for a decade. She traces the story of two sisters estranged from each other but bonded by their choices. Mickey is a cop, and Kacey lives on the streets in the vice of addiction. When Kacey disappears, Mickey panics over her sister’s safety—obsessed with finding the culprit and her sister before it’s too late.
Aug. 22 at 9 p.m.
“The Beauty in Breaking”: Author Talk with Michele Harper
Michele Harper is a female African American emergency room physician in an overwhelmingly male and white profession. Brought up in Washington, D.C., in a complicated family, she went to Harvard, where she met her husband. They stayed together through medical school until two months before she was scheduled to join the staff of a hospital in central Philadelphia when he told her he couldn’t move with her. Her marriage at an end, Harper, began her new life in a new city, in a new job, as a newly single woman.
As Harper learned to become an effective ER physician in the ensuing years, bringing insight and empathy to every patient encounter, she understood that each of us is broken—physically and emotionally. How we recognize those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there are all crucial parts of the healing process.
Aug. 25 at noon
“Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact”
Author Talk with Liz Wiseman
Join us as we sit down in conversation with Liz Wiseman, New York Times Best Selling author, researcher, and executive adviser. Liz will talk about her latest book, “Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact,” and her other work.
In Impact Players, Liz asks the question, why do some people break through and make an impact while others get stuck going through the motions? In every organization, impact players are indispensable colleagues who can be counted on in critical situations and consistently receive high-profile assignments and new opportunities. Managers know who these top players are, understand their worth, and want more of them on their team, whether on center stage or behind the scenes.
Sept. 8 at 2 p.m.
“Raising Thrivers: Parenting Tips & Tools to Help Kids Thrive in an Uncertain World”
Author Talk with Dr. Michele Borba
Data shows that today’s youth are the loneliest, most stressed, and risk-averse on record. Though well-educated, they are failing to launch in real life. So how can we teach them to be mentally strong and more successful? Dr. Michele Borba empowers educators and parents to help kids thrive in today’s fast-paced, digital-driven, often uncertain world. Through her research, she found the difference between those who struggle and those who succeed comes down to the personal traits that set Thrivers apart and set them up for happiness and a greater potential later in life.
Sept. 20 at 2 p.m.
Author Talk with Simon Winchester
Join us for a conversation with prolific British-American writer, journalist, and consummate adventurer Simon Winchester. This author talk will cover many aspects of his work across myriad fields of history, technology, and geology as well as the author’s personal expeditions, including his path to becoming the acclaimed best selling author he is today. A master storyteller, Winchester’s narrative is like a journey through time. His keen intellect and ability to precisely and expertly weave everyday life into historical examination leaves his readers feeling awestruck at the world surrounding them.
Winchester is a New York Times Bestselling author with an omnibus of more than 30 titles, including “The Professor and the Madman,” “Pacific,” “The Perfectionists,” and most recently, “Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World.”
Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.
“Trust”: Author Talk with Hernan Diaz
Join us for an afternoon with Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Hernan Diaz, author of “In the Distance” and “Trust.” Diaz holds a Ph.D. from NYU and edits, the Spanish-language journal Revista Hispánica Moderna, at Columbia University.
Diaz’s new book, “Trust,” is set during the roar of the 1920s around the Wall Street tycoon Benjamin Rask and his wife, Helen. Together, they have risen to the top of the world of seemingly endless wealth–all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel that all of New York seems to have read. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.
Oct. 13 at 4 p.m.
“Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty”
Author Talk with Dr. Aziz Gazipura
We invite you to join us for a talk with Dr. Aziz Gazipura, one of the world’s leading experts on social confidence as he discusses how to stop being too nice and worrying about what others might think.
Are you too nice? Do you find it hard to be assertive and ask for what you want? Did you know millions of people struggle with being “too nice”? Being nice can make it hard to speak up, say “no,” or do something that might upset someone. This talk will teach participants that the opposite of nice is not mean but rather real.
Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
“The Diamond Eye”: Author Talk with Kate Quinn
Join us for a captivating conversation with historical fiction writer Kate Quinn as she discusses her newest release, “The Diamond Eye,” and her other works. Quinn is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including “The Alice Network,” “The Huntress,” and “The Rose Code.”
Quinn’s latest book, “The Diamond Eye,” offers an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story.
In 1937 in the snowbound city of Kiev (now known as Kyiv), wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son – but Hitler’s invasion of Ukraine and Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious young woman to deadly sniper – a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour.