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There’s a certain thrill to hearing an author speak. It transforms the author into a tangible human being, who exists outside the pages of his book. You get an idea of ​​their personality and who they are as a person.

Plus, you often get an insider’s look into their works, almost like a behind-the-scenes pass to their writing. You hear first-hand stories about their research and the inspiration behind their stories, which makes reading their writing all the more exciting and personal.

This experience is magnified when you have the chance to hear a nationally or internationally recognized author, like seeing a Hollywood star at the airport. Luckily, you can have these encounters regularly starting in July!

Rappahannock Central Regional Library is launching the Library Speakers Consortium Author Conferences, a range of online author conferences from best-selling authors and thought leaders representing a wide variety of genres and topics. You can register to attend each live lecture and even submit questions in advance to the author. If you can’t participate in the live chats, you can watch the recordings later. Visit to see the full schedule and register for free for the lectures of your choice.

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Here are the speakers and their books for July and August:

David Allen will speak “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” Thursday, July 14, at noon.

First published in 2001 and since updated to reflect today’s technology and changing work practices, “Getting Things Done” or “GTD” is the ultimate book on organizing your life. personal and professional.

Management Consultant and Executive Coach Allen provides a comprehensive set of time management tools that leaves no stone unturned. His approach has spawned a whole culture of websites, organizational tools and more.

Marcia Chatelain will give a live conference on “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America” Wednesday, August 3 at 2 p.m.

Chatelain, in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, examines the turbulent history of how fast food became one of the biggest generators of black wealth in America. Fast food restaurants are ubiquitous in black neighborhoods and are often blamed for rising rates of obesity and diabetes among African Americans.

How did it happen? In the tumultuous years following King’s assassination, fast food companies, black capitalists and civil rights leaders decided that the answer to racial inequality and the economic betterment of black lives was the franchise of fast food restaurants by black citizens in their own neighborhoods.

Chatelain synthesizes years of research to tell this disconcerting success story of an industry that grew out of a declining freedom movement.

Michele Harper will give a live lecture on “The Beauty of Breakup” Monday, August 22 at 9 p.m.

Harper, an African-American female emergency physician in a predominantly white, male profession, recounts her experiences in this thought-provoking memoir.

Growing up in an elite but abusive family in Washington, D.C., Harper went to Harvard, where she and her husband met and stayed together while in medical school. Two months before Harper was scheduled to debut in a Philadelphia hospital, her husband ended their marriage.

Harper had to start her new life on her own in a new town while learning to become a competent emergency physician. Navigating through trauma in herself and her patients, as well as racial microaggressions, Harper acknowledges that each of us is broken in one way or another. Yet she also witnesses incredible resilience in her patients and is able to begin her own self-healing process through yoga and meditation.

Alka Joshi will talk about “The Henna Artist” Thursday, July 7 at 9 p.m.

In Joshi’s New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club’s pick, 17-year-old Lakshmi escapes an abusive marriage and travels to Jaipur in the 1950s. There, she becomes a much sought-after henna artist. and the confidante of upper-class women.

Keeping her own secrets, Lakshmi pursues her dreams of independence until her husband finds her years later, threatening her carefully constructed life. Joshi, in his talk, will share his inspirations for ‘The Henna Artist’ and its sequel, ‘The Secret Keeper of Jaipur’, as well as what it was like working on creating a Netflix series based on his books.

Liz Moore will give a talk on “Long Bright River” Tuesday, August 9 at 9 p.m.

Drawing on deeply personal volunteer work, Moore tells the suspenseful story of two sisters, one a police officer and the other living in a fog of addiction.

In Philadelphia, Mickey patrols the streets where his sister Kacey lives, constantly keeping an eye on his brother’s whereabouts. Then Kacey disappears in a series of mysterious murders, and Mickey worries that his sister is the victim of a serial killer who targets young women in Mickey’s neighborhood.

Mickey’s investigation leads her deep into the opioid crisis plaguing her town and the corrupt police officers who were implicated in the murders or overlooked them.

Liz Wiseman will speak “Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact” Thursday, August 25 at noon.

New York Times best-selling author, researcher and executive adviser Wiseman answers the question, “Why do some people break through and make an impact while others get stuck in the moves?” Impact actors are those who can be counted on in critical situations and who systematically receive high-level assignments.

What sets them apart isn’t always obvious, so Wiseman draws on insights from leaders of the biggest companies to reveal what impact players do differently and how that mindset is available to everyone. who want to perform at their peak.

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Tracy McPeck is the Adult Services Coordinator at Central Rappahannock Regional Library.