Book Corner: Authors Featured in Fall Virtual Author Talks

It’s always a good idea to carve out some time for yourself, and you can do that while enriching your mind. Grab a PSL (that’s pumpkin spice latte to you) and tune in to a virtual author talk from wherever you are for a relaxing hour of self-edification. This fall’s lineup features a spectacular array of speakers, including financial educator Tiffany Aliche, beloved actor John Stamos, travel expert Rick Steves, and world-renowned authors, such as John Irving and Amor Towles.

Simply visit, opens a new window to view the full lineup and register for upcoming and past talks, all at no charge. If you can’t view a live talk, you can watch the recording at your convenience. You can also submit questions for the authors in advance, and, if you watch the talk in real time, participate in live chat with attendees from across the country.  

Anatomy of a Breakthrough, opens a new window by Adam Alter
Wednesday, September 20, 2 p.m.

New York University marketing and social psychology professor and New York Times-bestselling author Alter presents a roadmap to getting unstuck by conducting a “friction audit.” Alter posits there are three sources of friction that cause people and organizations to get stuck: heart (unhelpful emotions), head (unhelpful thought patterns), and habit (unhelpful behaviors). Tackling these sources of friction can lead to breakthroughs in everything from the midlife crisis to working through difficult relationships.

The Lincoln Highway, opens a new window by Amor Towles
Wednesday, September 27, 8 p.m.

New York Times-bestselling author Towles’ three novels have sold over 6 million copies worldwide and been translated into over 35 languages. His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, opens a new window, is expected to premier as a miniseries on Paramount+ and Showtime in spring 2024. Towles’ newest novel, The Lincoln Highway, garnered instant fame with its spirited tale of adventure set in 1950s America. Fans will love hearing Towles discuss his journey to writing three international bestsellers.

Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door, opens a new window
Thursday, October 10, 4 p.m.

Steves is a household name when it comes to travel. The popular public television host, best-selling guidebook author, and champion of world travel shares the latest tips in smart European travel. In this dynamic presentation, you’ll learn how to travel affordably and comfortably by planning an efficient itinerary that allows for good eating, adequate sleep, avoiding crowds, and smart packing.

Zero Days, opens a new window by Ruth Ware
Wednesday, October 18, 2 p.m.

Who doesn’t love a good thriller? Ruth Ware, New York Times-bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10, opens a new window and several other novels of suspense, chats about her newest book, Zero Days. In this blood-pumping thriller, Jack and her husband, Gabe, are hired by companies to break into buildings and hack security systems. When a routine assignment goes wrong, Jack finds her husband dead, and she becomes the suspect. Now on the run, Jack must decide whom she can trust as she searches for the true killer.

The Last Chairlift, opens a new window by John Irving
Thursday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.

My love for Irving’s novels began in high school when I bumped into one of my English teachers in Waldenbooks, and she recommended The Cider House Rules, opens a new window. I’m excited for Irving’s talk on his latest novel, The Last Chairlift, as well as his lifetime of writing experience. Best known for A Prayer for Owen Meany, opens a new window, Irving published his first novel at age 26 and has since been nominated for a National Book Award three times and won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

If You Would Have Told Me: A Memoir, opens a new window by John Stamos
Wednesday, November 1, 8:00 p.m.

Like any Gen-Xer who was in elementary school in the mid-1980s, I’m excited to hear Uncle Jesse from Full House talk about his life as a teen star. I’m sure I must have had a Teen Bop poster or two of John Stamos on my wall. Of course, Stamos is so much more than eye candy, as illustrated in his poignant memoir. A three-time Emmy nominee, Stamos has had an impressive 40-year career in television, film, and on Broadway. He’s also a talented musician who has been collaborating with The Beach Boys since 1985. Go, Uncle Jesse!

Get Good With Money, opens a new window by Tiffany Aliche
Thursday, November 9, 2:00

Tiffany Aliche, known as “The Budgetnista,” has helped over a million women worldwide save money and pay off debt through her ten-step formula for realistically attaining financial security. In her New York Times bestseller, Get Good with Money, and its accompanying workbook, Made Whole, Aliche presents concrete tools to build wealth through financial wholeness. In her upcoming Author Talk, Aliche will introduce action items for ten important building blocks, including advice on budgeting, investing, credit ratings, estate planning, and more. I need The Budgetnista in my life.

Catching the Light, opens a new window by Joy Harjo
Thursday, November 16, 4:00

The 23rd (and first Native American) United States Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo talks about her newest memoir, Catching the Light, as a meditation on why writing poetry is so important. Harjo tells her life story and connection to poetry through a series of vignettes as a girl in the 1960s, a single mother, and a champion of Native nations. She reflects on a lifetime of writing poetry and how the most meaningful words emerge from what is broken and unseen.

Virtual Author Talks are brought to you in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium, sponsored by the Friends of Central Rappahannock Regional Library. Visit, opens a new window for more library classes and events for all ages, at no charge.

Tracy McPeck is the adult services coordinator at Central Rappahannock Regional Library. This column first appeared in the Free Lance-Star newspaper.