Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Library Event: Virtual Author Talks

March has an exciting line-up that you won’t want to miss! Join the conversations about the life benefits of being a generalist, some delicious Southern cooking, and travel back in time to the Nazi resistance in Brussels. Don’t forget about the live Q&A after each talk where you can join the conversation with the authors. The events are held on the dates listed below and will be recorded, so sign up and submit your questions even if you can’t attend the live session! 

David Epstein, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World 
Monday, March 13 @ 10 AM PDT

Join the Library for the conversation with New York Times bestselling author David Epstein as he chats about his most recent book, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.  

Generalists are those who often find their path late and juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They are usually the successful ones, not the specialists who tend to have an early start and unwavering focus. Generalists arealso more creative, agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.  

David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters, and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel.  

Send your questions in for David Epstein and check out Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World and his other books. 

Jernard Wells, Southern Inspired: More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours 
Tuesday, March 21 @ 1 PM PDT 

Yum! Join the Library for this delicious conversation with Celebrity Chef Jernard Wells about his newest cookbook Southern Inspired: More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours.  

Delicious and inventive recipes that remix the traditional flavors and classic dishes of Southern food and celebrate African-American culinary contributions to tables worldwide—from the host of CLEO TV’s New Soul Kitchen. After growing up in Mississippi, Jernard Wells brought the familiar dishes and bold flavors of the South along his culinary journey to become a chef, restaurateur, and TV host. With Southern Inspired, Jernard continues his journey—retracing the steps of generations of African American cooks whose creations have contributed to global kitchen tables since slavery. Southern food defines American food at large, and Chef Jernard takes it to a whole new level while still honoring its roots. Chef Jernard also brings in flavors from the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, and Europe, always with his signature Southern flair. This cookbook shares 100 recipes that are approachable for both beginners and more experienced cooks. 

Send your questions in for celebrity chef Jernard Wells and check out Southern Inspired: More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours

Pam Jenoff, Code Name Sapphire 
Tuesday, March 28 @ 4 PDT

Join the Library for an exciting trip through time as we chat with New York Times bestselling historical fiction author Pam Jenoff about her newest book Code Name Sapphire

In Code Name Sapphire, a woman must rescue her cousin’s family from a train bound for Auschwitz in this riveting tale of bravery and resistance.

It’s 1942 and Hannah Martel has narrowly escaped Nazi Germany after her fiancé was killed in a pogrom. When her ship bound for America is turned away at port, she has nowhere to go but to her cousin Lily, who lives with her family in Brussels. Fearful for her life, Hannah is desperate to escape occupied Europe. But with no safe way to leave, she must return to the dangerous underground work she thought she had left behind. 

Send your questions in for Pam Jenoff and check out Code Name Sapphire and her other books.  

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