The Los Altos Neighborhood Library will be closed for facility maintenance beginning Thursday, June 15 and is anticipated to reopen on Wednesday, July 5, 2023. This closure is needed to prepare the facility for a scheduled HVAC replacement project.

Kick off Summer Break with Your Favorite Authors

Author Talks News Card

You're invited to our ongoing author talk series that features interviews with bestselling authors. Everyone who registers gets the chance to submit questions for the author, which will be asked live during the talk. (We recommend pre-submitting your questions during registration... the moderator might incorporate them into the interview!)

Can’t attend the talk live? No problem! All the talks are recorded and sent to registrants after.

May’s authors are modern female visionaries who will lead us in conversations on antiracism (Britt Hawthorne), sexism in the comedy scene (Jena Friedman), and a biting social commentary on wealth, privilege, and power (Courtney Summers).

June’s lineup features three unique speakers who will share how to have more fun and enjoy life (Dr. Mike Rucker), the stunning landscapes and recipes of the French countryside (Jamie Beck), and monsters of all kinds, including racism, the monster within, and the supernatural (Tananarive Due).


Raising Antiracist Children with Antiracist Educator Britt Hawthorne
New York Times Bestseller and a Nationally Recognized Anti-bias and Antiracist Educator, Speaker, and Advocate
Wednesday, May 3 at 10 AM PDT

Not Funny with Academy Award–Nominated Jena Friedman
Comedian, Filmmaker, and Creator of AMC’s Indefensible and Soft Focus with Jena Friedman on Adult Swim
Wednesday, May 10 at 5 PM PDT 

I'm the Girl with Bestselling YA Author Courtney Summers
Edgar and Odyssey Award-Winning Author and NYT Bestselling Author of Sadie
Saturday, May 20 at 11 AM PDT


The Fun Habit with Mike Rucker, Ph.D.
Organizational psychologist and charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association
Wednesday, June 7 at 1 PM PDT

An American In Provence with Award-Winning Photographer Jamie Beck
New York Times Bestselling Author of An American in Provence
Thursday, June 15th at 11 AM PDT

The Wishing Pool and Other Stories with Black Panther contributing author Tananarive Due
Award-Winning and Bestselling Author of 16 Books Including the Blood Colony, The Living Blood, The Good House, Joplin’s Ghost, and Devil’s Wake
Wednesday, June 28th at 5 PM PDT

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