Virtual Author Talks

Virtual Author Talks with The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

     The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts are partnering to bring an exciting mix of online author talks from New York Times Bestselling authors and a Pulitzer Prize winning historian to Hancock County this summer.  Our Virtual Author Talks series gives the thrill of meeting your favorite authors with a live streamed author event. Audiences will be treated to behind-the-scenes discussion of each title and conversation from the author, followed by an interactive question and answer session. You can watch and participate during the live presentation or if that time isn't convenient for you, you can watch anytime after the discussion at

     The first virtual event is scheduled to take place on July 7, at 9:00 p.m. Join us for an enchanting evening with New York Times bestselling 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, 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 eloquent and moving. 

     Ms. Joshi 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. She will answer audience questions following the talk.

     July 14 at 12:00 p.m., author David Allen will discuss his New York Times best seller, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. This title has sold millions of copies and has been published in thirty languages. The “GTD” methodology it describes has become a global phenomenon, being taught by training companies in more than ninety countries. It is hailed as “life-changing” by students, busy parents, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives. Mr. Allen’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. 

     You can start ‘Getting Things Done’ today and get advice from the author himself with a Q&A following the talk.

     On August 3 at 2:00 p.m., we invite you to a 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.

     In Franchise, Dr. Chatelain set out to discover the interplay between fast-food restaurants and their saturation within black neighborhoods. She uncovers an underappreciated intersection of capitalism and racism in a surprising history of cooperation among fast-food companies, black capitalists, and civil rights leaders. 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 with a Q&A with the author to follow.

     More authors will be announced as the summer progresses. Please register to have a link sent to you to take part in the Virtual Author Talks at


authors scheduled to speak and book covers