Belden Library excited to be part of Library Speakers Consortium, will have New York Times bestselling author Liz Moore next

Published on Thursday, 4 August 2022 11:48


ROCKY HILL – On Aug. 9 New York Times bestselling author Liz Moore will discuss her book “Long Bright River” as a part of the Virtual Talks series at Cora J. Belden Library.

Moore is the author of four novels, a winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, and teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Temple University.

The novel takes place in Philadelphia, where Moore has lived for a decade. She traces the story of two sisters estranged from each other but bonded by their choices.

Coordinator of Virtual Talks Mary Hogan said the Cora J. Belden Library is part of a nationwide consortium called Library Speakers Consortium. 

“The consortium creates two-to-three online bestselling-author events per month which are streamed to patrons of every member library,” Hogan said. “These are live events with interactive Q&A sessions where participants can ask questions directly to the author. The consortium is highly committed to offering a diverse mix of perspectives.”

Books and authors selected over the next year will cover a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres including historical fiction, contemporary fiction, romance, OwnVoices, poetry, business, personal growth, social justice, history, art, culture and more.”

The Cora J. Belden Library joined the consortium because author talks are often limited to those who can’t afford expensive events and book festival tickets. The consortium can attract great speakers due to the size of the network. 

“The consortium provides a microsite for the Cora J. Belden Library to handle registration, to get more info, etc.,” Hogan said.

Hogan is excited about the partnership because she believes live events are inspiring and informative as people can hear from and interact with authors to learn more about the story. Some of the events are scheduled later in the evening but they are recorded and people can also watch at their convenience.

“I’m excited about being challenged to read books beyond my usual reading choices,” Hogan said. “I'm just starting Long Bright River and am excited to dig into a book that is a family drama, mystery, thriller and suspense all wrapped up into one book. The other good thing about these talks is that you don't necessarily have to read the book before the talk.”

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Thursday, 4 August 2022 11:48. Updated: Thursday, 4 August 2022 11:51.