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April Author Talks

April Author Talks

Join us for exciting new author talks! Each features the opportunity to submit questions for an author Q&A.

Registration is required for the live events.


Smithsonian Curator Paula J. Johnson – April 2, 2024 at 11 AM

The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us
Smithsonian Curator Paula J. Johnson will discuss American Table through stories of the people, ingredients, and events that shaped how and what we eat.


Colum McCann & Diane Foley – April 9, 2024 at 11 AM

From Murder to Atonement: Confronting My Son’s Killer
Colum McCann and Diane Foley—mother of Jim, a freelance journalist captured and beheaded by ISIS in 2014—bring us on a journey of strength, resilience, and radical empathy as they discuss the heartrending book American Mother.


Xochitl Gonzalez – April 17, 2024 at 5 PM

A Literary Examination of Power, Love, and Art
From the best-selling author of Olga Dies Dreaming, Anita de Monte Laughs Last is a propulsive, witty examination of power, love, and art that dares to ask who gets remembered and who is left behind in the world of the elite.


Can't make it to the event? Watch it later in the author talk archive.


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The virtual author talk series is made possible through the generous support of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation.