Launch of the Library Author Talk series in July


The Stanislaus County Library announced a series of online author conferences, starting with two New York Times bestselling authors in July. The series is offered via Zoom and Stanislas Library attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the author when registering for the events.

“We are thrilled to bring a wide range of renowned authors to our community through a virtual program. This ongoing series provides a convenient way to get insight into their works directly from authors,” said Stanislaus County Librarian Sarah Dentan.

First on the list is best-selling author, Alka Joshi, whose books have also been featured as Reese Witherspoon Choice of book club. She discusses her books, “The Henna Artist” and “The Secret Keeper of Jaipur” at 6 p.m. on July 7.

During the interview, Alka will share her inspirations for her work, how her mother’s life story influenced her writing, and what it was like working on creating a Netflix series based on her books.

At 9 a.m. on July 14, sit down to chat with best-selling author David Allen, one of the world’s most influential personal productivity thinkers. He has been recognized worldwide and by Forbes as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States. His book “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” describes the “GTD” methodology which has become a global phenomenon and is taught in over 90 countries. Millions of people have learned how to transform a hectic, overwhelming and overworked life into a balanced, integrated, relaxed and more successful life.

At 11 a.m. on August 3, Dr. Marcia Chatelain will discuss her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.” Chatelain attempted to answer the question of how fast food restaurants saturate black neighborhoods so deeply. McDonald’s has often been blamed for rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans. In “Franchise,” Chatelain uncovers a startling history of cooperation between fast food companies, black capitalists and civil rights leaders, who – in the troubled years after King’s assassination – thought they had found an economic answer to the problem. of racial inequality.

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