Upcoming Author Talks

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Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Alka Joshi, The Henna Artist
Thursday, July 7th at 9:00pm EDT
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Join us for an enchanting evening with New York Times Best Selling author and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Alka Joshi as she discusses her captivating and bestselling novels, The Henna Artist and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur.

Alka Joshi was born in India and immigrated to the US when she was nine years old, and published her debut novel, The Henna Artist, at the age of 62. Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist leads the audience on a journey through 1950s post-independence India that is all at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.

In this interview, Alka will share her inspirations for her work, how her mother’s life story has influenced her writing, and her experience and role in the creation of a Netflix series based on her books. Bewitching the senses, Joshi’s The Henna Artist, invites you to feast on Indian culture with mind, body, and soul. Author Q&A to follow the talk!

Getting Things Done

David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity
Thursday, July 14th at 12:00pm EDT
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Join us as we sit down in conversation with New York Times Best Selling author David Allen, one of the world’s most influential thinkers on personal productivity. David’s thirty-five years of experience as a management consultant and executive coach has earned him worldwide and Forbes’ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the U.S.

Allen’s New York Times bestselling book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, has sold millions of copies and has been published in thirty languages, and the “GTD” methodology it describes has become a global phenomenon, being taught by training companies in more than ninety countries. David Allen’s GTD Methodology has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and has more successful outcomes. GTD’s broad appeal is based on the fact that it applies from the boardroom to the living room to the classroom. It is hailed as “life-changing” by students, busy parents, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives. You can start “Getting Things Done” today and get advice from the author himself with a Q&A following the talk!

Franchise

Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America
Wednesday, August 3rd at 2:00pm EDT
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We invite you to an invigorating discourse of scholarship and cultural history with Dr. Marcia Chatelain as she discusses her Pulitzer prize-winning book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America. Dr. Chatelain, a highly accomplished professor and scholar of African American life and culture, is a frequent public speaker with expertise in food justice, race and ethnicity, and Urban Policy and consults for many media outlets including, The Atlantic, C-Span, MSNBC, CNN, and BBC America.

In Franchise, Dr. Chatelain set out to discover the interplay between fast-food restaurants and their saturation within black neighborhoods. McDonald’s has often been blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans. Dr. Chatelain uncovers an underappreciated intersection of capitalism and racism in a surprising history of cooperation among fast-food companies, black capitalists, and civil rights leaders, who–in the troubled years after Dr. King’s assassination–believed they found an economic answer to the problem of racial inequality. Join us for an illuminating talk about the history of urban development, race relations, and fast food that is sure to whet your intellectual appetite – Q&A with the author to follow!