Medford, Oregon (June 29, 2022)—Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) will host a series of virtual talks with New York Times bestselling authors beginning this July. All are welcome to attend these free programs; pre-registration is required at

Alka Joshi will discuss her captivating novels The Henna Artist and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur on Thursday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m. 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. 

David Allen, one of the world’s most influential thinkers on personal productivity, will discuss Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity on Thursday, July 14 at 9:00 a.m. Allen’s GTD Methodology has shown millions how to transform a fast-paced, overwhelming, overcommitted life into one that is balanced, integrated, relaxed, and successful. 

Enjoy 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 on Wednesday, August 3 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Chatelain is a highly accomplished professor and scholar of African American life and culture and a frequent public speaker in food justice, race and ethnicity, and Urban Policy. 

Author Liz Moore will discuss her international bestseller Long Bright River and other works on Tuesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. Drawing on deeply personal volunteer work, Liz Moore spins a story that is both graphically honest and dignified. Long Bright River puts a very human face on the effect that addiction can have on generations of families and communities.  

Dr. Michele Harper will highlight the lessons learned on her inspiring personal journey of discovery and self-reflection as written in her memoir The Beauty in Breaking on Monday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m. The Beauty in Breaking speaks about how each of us are broken—physically and emotionally, how we go about recognizing those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there as all equally crucial parts of the healing process.  

Liz Wiseman, author, researcher, and executive adviser, will showcase her latest book Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact on Thursday, August 25 at 9:00 a.m. Drawing on insights from leaders at top companies, Wiseman explains what the most influential players are doing differently, how small and seemingly insignificant differences in how we think and act can make an enormous impact, and why—with a little coaching—this mindset is available to everyone who wants to contribute at their highest level and do more meaningful work.