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Connect with authors online! This summer, we are bringing you an incredible line up of authors for NCRL Virtual Reads, an author series for adults.

Through NCRL Reads, our goal is to bring communities together through reading the same books and hosting author events that spark conversations, curiosity, and learning. Due to the current restrictions on gathering, we are moving to a virtual platform for this program. All events this summer will be held through Zoom. We hope NCRL Virtual Reads will be a source of connection, encouragement, and inspiration for everyone.

All NCRL virtual Reads events are free and open to the public. Events will be held through the Zoom digital meeting platform. To participate, register for each event through our online calendar. Once you register, an email will be sent to you with the Zoom event details. During each event, attendees will hear from the author and then have an opportunity to submit questions through the chat feature for the author to answer live.

Did You Miss One?

Check out recordings from some of the authors in our lineup who have already given their talks.

Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is an award-winning and bestselling author of novels and poetry for young adult and middle grade audiences. His books include the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Long Way Down, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, and most recently Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You co-authored with Ibram X. Kendi. Reynolds is the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2020-2021). Check back soon for the recording of his talk.

Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo is the bestselling author of So You Want to Talk about Race, a hard hitting, user friendly examination of race in America. The book guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life. Watch the recording of her talk here.

Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan. Crouch also co-created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written over a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages. Watch the recording of his talk here.

Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana and When We Left Cuba. Originally from Florida, Chanel grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Watch the recording of her talk here.

Peter Heller

Peter Heller is an award winning adventure writer and bestselling author. His most recent novel, The River, is the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip – a gripping tale of friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence. He has also written Celine, The Painter, and The Dog Stars. His non-fiction work includes Kook, The Whale Warriors, Hell or High Water, and Catching the Perfect Wave. Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR and a former contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. Watch the recording of his talk here.

Noé Alvarez

Noé is a local author who recently released a debut memoir, Spirit Run. During his talk he shared about his incredible experience running in the Peace and Dignity Journey, a 6,000 mile marathon from Canada to Guatemala. He also shared about growing up in a working class family in Yakima and the healing and freedom he found in writing and running. Watch the recording of his talk here.

Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale,Winter Garden,Night Road, and Firefly Lane. Her novel, The Nightingale, has been published in 43 languages and is currently in movie production by TriStar Pictures, which also optioned her novel, The Great Alone. Watch the recording of her talk here.

Nancy Pearl

The beloved author and super librarian, known for her excellent book recommendations, shared about her upcoming book, The Writer’s Library and offered reading recommendations. .Nancy is a best-selling author, librarian, literary critic, as well as a radio and television personality but first and foremost, she is a reader and has spent her life promoting reading as one of the most beneficial and joyful experiences anyone can have.
Watch the recording of her talk here.

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