The Central Arkansas Library System has joined the Library Speakers Consortium, which will provide livestreamed author talks every month with not only novelists, poets and fiction writers but also experts on business, careers, personal growth and lifelong learning.

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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.

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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,

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Thrivers: Parenting Tips & Tools to Help Kids Thrive in an Uncertain World – Author Talk with Dr. Michele Borba

Join us in conversation with bestselling author and expert in child development, Dr. Michele Borba, as she discusses her book, Thrivers: Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.

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.

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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,

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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,

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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?

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Where The Children Take Us – Author Talk with Zain E. Asher

Join us in conversation with popular CNN Anchor, Zain E. Asher, as she discusses her moving and inspiring memoir Where the Children Take Us.

In Where the Children Take Us, Zain E. Asher, tells the story of her mother’s harrowing fight to raise four children as a widowed immigrant in South London.

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Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR – Author Talk with Lisa Napoli

You’re invited to an enlightening hour with highly acclaimed writer, journalist, broadcaster, and speaker Lisa Napoli as she discusses her group biography of the four women whose voices defined NPR, Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR.

In the years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964,

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Lessons in Chemistry – Author Talk with Bonnie Garmus

Join us for a dazzlingly entertaining virtual chat with author Bonnie Garmus as she discusses her debut New York Times bestselling novel Lessons in Chemistry.
Lessons in Chemistry is set in 1960s California and features the singular voice of Chemist Elizabeth Zott, a scientist whose career takes an unexpected detour.

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