By Tracy McPeck
Grab a snack and a drink, and maybe find a seat outside now that the weather is starting to cool off. Then listen to one of these informative and entertaining lectures by award-winning authors and speakers from all walks of life. Rappahannock Central Regional Library continues its online discussions with authors from the Library Speakers Consortium with a dynamic lineup of fall speakers. You can register to attend each live lecture and submit questions in advance to the author if you wish. A new live chat feature has been added so you can interact with the author and other participants. If you can’t participate in the live chats, you can watch the recordings later. Visit librarypoint.org/lsc-authors to see the full program and register for the conferences of your choice free of charge.
At a conference last week, bestselling author and renowned educational psychologist Dr. Michele Borba took part in a discussion on “Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.” In his book, Borba identifies seven character traits that make the difference between those who struggle and those who succeed. These traits of confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism can be taught to children of any age to pave the way for success in life.
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Here are some other speakers and their books for September, October and November:
“Land: how the thirst for property has shaped the modern world” by Simon Winchester.
Live chat: Tuesday, September 20, 2 p.m.
In his next lecture, Winchester, New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and adventurer, will cover many aspects of his work in a myriad of areas of history, technology, and geology, as well as his personal expeditions. A master storyteller, Winchester inspires the admiration of his readers by skillfully weaving everyday life into historical examination. “Land” is his most recent work.
“Not nice: stop people from pleasing, being silent and feeling guilty” by Dr Aziz Gazipura
Live chat: Oct. 13, 4 p.m.
Do you find it difficult to assert yourself and ask for what you want? Did you know that millions of people struggle with being “too nice”? Being nice can make it hard to talk, say “no,” or do anything that might upset someone. This lecture will teach you that the opposite of nice is not mean, but rather real. You will learn to say “no” when you want and need to, to ask for what you want with confidence, and to eliminate feelings of guilt, anxiety, and worry about what others will think.
“Where the Children Take Us” by Zain E. Asher.
Live chat: October 18, 7 p.m.
The popular CNN International presenter, Asher and memoirist, tells the story of her mother’s uphill battle to raise four children as a widowed immigrant in south London. Drawing on tough love parenting strategies, Obiajulu Ejiofor teaches her sons and daughters to overcome the daily pressures of poverty, crime, prejudice and more. With her unwavering support, the kids exceed all expectations, becoming a CNN anchor, Oscar-nominated actor, doctor and thriving entrepreneur.
“The Diamond Eye” by Kate Quinn
Live chat: October 25, 7 p.m.
New York Times bestselling author Quinn’s latest book tells the unforgettable World War II story of a silent bookworm who becomes the deadliest female sniper in history. Based on a true story. In 1937 kyiv (now known as Kyiv), book history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library work and her young son, but the invasion of Ukraine and Russia by Hitler sends him on a different path. Armed with a rifle and sent into battle, Mila must grow from a studious young woman into a deadly sniper, a deadly Nazi hunter known as Lady Death. When news of her 300th murder makes her a national hero, Mila finds herself snatched from the bloody battlefields of the Eastern Front and sent to America for a goodwill tour.
“Chemistry Lessons” by Bonnie Garmus.
Live chat: November 10, 2 p.m.
Garmus’ first New York Times bestseller is the hilarious and uplifting story of a woman scientist whose career is constantly derailed by the idea that a woman’s place is at home, only to find herself playing the lead role on America’s most beloved TV cooking show. . Elizabeth Zott is a chemist in 1960s California, and her all-male team at the Hastings Research Institute is very unscientific when it comes to equality. Only fellow superstar Calvin Evans treats Elizabeth (and her ideas) as equal and true results in chemistry. But three years later, Elizabeth is a single single mother and, against all odds, the star of America’s most beloved cooking show, Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s singular approach to cooking (“take a pint of H2O and add a pinch of sodium chloride”) and her independent example prove revolutionary. Because Elizabeth isn’t just teaching women how to cook, she’s teaching them how to change the status quo.
“How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race: Practical Tools for Necessary Change in the Workplace and Beyond” by Kwame Christian.
Best-selling author and founder of the American Negotiation Institute, Kwame Christian helps people gain the confidence to not only talk about race, but to make a difference when they do. His motto is “The best things in life are on the other side of difficult conversations”. For a more equitable workplace and world, we need to talk to each other about race. But many people avoid such conversations out of fear. Christian provides the skills anyone can use to foster productive discussion, the first step toward lasting social change.
Are you a writer? Pre-registration is open for the annual Rappahannock Writers’ Conference, a free day of workshops and speakers to help you perfect your craft. Visit librarypoint.org/writers-conference for more details.
Tracy McPeck is the Adult Services Coordinator at Central Rappahannock Regional Library.