Virtual Author Talks


June Author Talk Series

The month of June brings fun and amazing new virtual author talks from a cutting-edge scientist and thought leader, an New York Times bestselling author, and an award-winning author and screenwriter! Each talk features the opportunity to participate in author Q&A or pre-submit questions during registration! Read on for details on how to register for these and other upcoming talks. 

We look forward to you joining us for exciting author talks this month! 


Mike Rucker, Ph. D., The Fun Habit Wednesday, June 7


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Doesn’t it seem that the more we seek happiness, the more elusive it becomes? There is an easy fix, hiding in plain sight. Fun is an action you can take here and now, practically anywhere, anytime. Through research and science, we know fun is enormously beneficial to our physical and psychological well-being, yet fun’s absence from our modern lives is striking. Whether you’re a frustrated high-achiever trying to find a better work-life balance or seeking relief from life’s overwhelming challenges, it is time you gain access to the best medicine available. The Fun Habit: How the Disciplined Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life is the ultimate guide to reap the serious benefits fun offers. Grounded in current research, accessible science, and practical recommendations, Dr. Rucker will use The Fun Habit strategies to teach you 1) How you can build having fun into an actionable and effortless habit; and 2) Why doing so will help you become a healthier, more joyful, more productive person. The Fun Habit is an inspiring and motivational guidebook that you will want to share with everyone in your life. This program is presented in partnership with Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Please register below.


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Jamie Beck, An American in Provence Thursday, June 15


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An American in Provence is a beautiful collection of exquisite portrait, scenic, and still-life photography from New York Times bestselling author and award-winning photographer Jamie Beck. Looking to slow down from her fast-paced life in New York City, Beck embarked on a one-year getaway to Provence. One year, turning into five, Beck moved to the French countryside, documenting her life as An American in Provence. This program is presented in partnership with Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Please register below.


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Tananarive Due, The Wishing Pool Wednesday, June 28

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Please join us for a chat with Tananarive Due about her newest work, The Wishing Pool and Other Stories. The second collection of stories by the author is full of her signature offerings of horror, science fiction, and suspense while confronting monsters of all kinds, including racism, the monster within, and the supernatural. Due’s prolific body of work cements the author as a leading voice in black speculative fiction for more than 20 years. Due is an award-winning writer, educator, and producer. Her body of work includes sixteen books, including The Blood ColonyThe Living BloodThe Good HouseJoplin’s GhostDevil’s Wake, and the forthcoming The Reformatory. In addition, she is a contributing author of Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda and Black Panther: Sins of the King. Collaborating with her partner Steven Barnes, she also co-wrote A Small Town for Season 2 of Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone on Paramount Plus and two segments of Shudder’s anthology film Horror Noire. This program is presented in partnership with Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Please register below.


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