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New Year, New Author Talks!

Graphic that reads "Virtual Author Talks". It features three book covers, from L to R: The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna, Organizing for the Rest of Us by Dana K. White, What If? 2 by Randall Munroe

Join us online every month for our exciting virtual author talk series, which offers a mix of perspectives and live Q&A with bestselling authors of fiction and nonfiction. Register for each talk and see upcoming events on our author talks website. Can’t make the live session? Register anyway and watch the recorded version at your convenience. 

January’s talks cover fierce female leads, realistic tips for organizing your home, and scientific answers to wild hypothetical questions.

Namina Forna, The Merciless Ones, January 12 @ 11 AM PST 

Join us for an action-packed conversation with New York Times bestselling author, Namina Fornaabout, as she discusses The Merciless Ones, the second installment in her fantasy series 

In Forna’s first New York Timesbestselling book, The Gilded Ones, readers are introduced to sixteen-year-old Deka, who lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs. But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death. 

The thrilling sequel, The Merciless Ones, picks up six months after Deka freed the goddesses in the ancient kingdom of Otera and discovered who she really is… but war is waging across the kingdom, and the real battle has only just begun. For there is a dark force growing in Otera—a merciless power that Deka and her army must stop.  

Join the live Q&A at the end to ask your own questions about Deka and the kingdom of Otera. 

Both books are available as eBooks, eAudio, and print books, and The Gilded Ones is available in Spanish. 


Dana K. White, Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life, January 17 @ 11 AM PST 

Does the thought of decluttering overwhelm you? Do you need help just getting started organizing your living space? Dana K. White, decluttering expert and creator of the popular podcast and blog, A Slob Comes Clean, can help! White will share tips from her books Organizing for the Rest of Us and Decluttering at the Speed of Life that will make decluttering second nature. 

Dana White’s humor and realistic tips will give you exactly what you need to start making an impact on your space. In addition, White will offer sustainable ideas to simplify and manage your home. Get organized and feel free and start your new year calm and collected by learning to become more organized and clutter-free. 

Join the live Q&A at the end to ask your own questions about simplifying and organizing your space. 

Decluttering at the Speed of Life is available as an eBook.


Randall Munroe, what if? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, January 31 @ 11 AM PST 

We welcome you to an online conversation filled with bonkers science, boundless curiosity, andanswers to the weirdest questions you never thought to ask with author Randall Munroe as he talks about his newest book what if? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions! 

The millions of people around the world who read and loved what if? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcdcreator and former NASA engineerRandall Munroe is here to help. Planning to ride a fire pole from the moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the atmosphere by opening everyone’s freezer door at the same time? Maybe it’s time for a brief introduction to thermodynamics. Want to know what would happen if you rode a helicopter blade, built a billion-story building, made a lava lamp out of lava, or jumped on a geyser as it erupted? Then this author talk is the one for you. 

Unfazed by absurdity, Munroe consults the latest research on everythingfrom swing-set physics to airplane-catapult designin order to clearly and concisely answer his readers’ questions. His explanations never fail to provethat there's no such thing as a dumb question. 

Join the live Q&A at the end to ask your own what if questions. 

Several of Munroe’s books, including his what if? series are available as eBooks, eAudio, and print books. The first what if? title is also available in Spanish. 


The Library's virtual author talk series is supported by the efforts of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and its generous donors. 

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