February Virtual Author Talks from the Long Beach Public Library
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Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) invites the community to join their ongoing virtual author talk series this February. This month's lineup features three award-winning authors who will dive into bewitching first dates, the bond between food and memory, and resilient Black women.

"The Long Beach Public Library continues to be a beacon of literacy, access and knowledge for our residents," said Mayor Rex Richardson. "These virtual author talks are an amazing opportunity for people to find interesting new books and support their favorite authors through our local library."

The online talks will take place on the days listed below and will also include a live Q&A with each author. Registration is required for the livestreamed talks. Patrons are encouraged to register and submit their questions even if they cannot attend live since the sessions are recorded and posted on the LBPL's author talk website. Author talks for February include:
  • Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. with Lana Harper – Join New York Times Bestselling Author of the Witches of Thistle Grove series as she discusses the third installment, "Back in a Spell."
  • Thursday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. with Grace M. Cho – Join Professor of Sociology and winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction on her memoir, "Tastes Like War."
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. with Sadeqa Johnson – Join Kimbilio Fellow and author of NPR's 2021 Book of the Year, "Yellow Wife," as she talks about her brand-new novel, "The House of Eve."

"The author talks receive praise from both first-time attendees and returning patrons," said Long Beach Public Library Director Cathy De Leon. "We're grateful to the Long Beach Public Library Foundation's support, which has allowed us to highlight and share these outstanding storytellers and perspectives."

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Books by the authors are available for patrons to checkout through LBPL. For more information or to register for the author talks, visit libraryc.org/lbpl or call 562.570.7500. The virtual author talk series is supported by the efforts of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and its generous donors.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

For more information about the City of Long Beach, visit longbeach.gov/. Follow us on social to keep up with the latest news: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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About Long Beach Public Library
Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes the Billie Jean King Main Library and eleven neighborhood libraries and a vibrant online presence. In summer of 2017, the Long Beach Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Library and Museum Services in recognition of successful community-collaborations, innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and literacy-focused programs to the residents of Long Beach. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for learning for a lifetime, the Library offers books, media, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers, makerspaces, and a variety of events ranging from story times to educational and cultural programs.

For more information, visit lbpl.org, "Like" the Long Beach Public Library on Facebook, and follow along on Twitter and Instagram.

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