Right now, only the largest and best funded library systems can regularly afford the speaking fees of top authors. Our vision is to change that dynamic by pooling the resources of hundreds of library systems to dramatically expand access to these programs for all patrons. Our consortium has more than 250 member library systems which each range in size from less than 100 to more than 2 million patrons.
The Consortium creates 2-3 online bestselling-author events per month which are streamed to patrons of every member library. These are live events with interactive Q&A sessions where participants can ask questions directly to the author. We are highly committed to offering a diverse mix of perspectives and will ensure that half or more of speakers will be women and/or people of color.
Books and authors selected 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.
Author talks are “white-labeled” on each library’s microsite so they will look like they are coming directly from your library. This means member libraries get the credit for offering these amazing talks even though you don’t need to spend any staff time creating the content.
We are incredibly excited to offer a vibrant mix of best selling and award winning authors in the coming months on a wide range of interesting topics.
New York Times Bestselling Author of The Prophets: Author Talk with Robert Jones, Jr.
2022 Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and 2021 National Book Award for Fiction
Author Talk with Cassandra Clare: Bestselling Author of The Mortal Instruments Series
#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments Series, The Infernal Devices Series, and The Last Hours Series
A Year Inside College Admissions: An Author Talk with Jeff Selingo
New York Times Bestselling Author of There is Life After College and College (Un)Bound
Life, Love, Family, and Food: An Author Talk with Lidia Bastianich
Emmy award-winning public television host, a best‐selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business
How to Get Unstuck When It Matters Most: An Author Talk with Adam Alter
New York Times Bestselling Author of Drunk Tank Pink and Irresistible
On Writing Three International Bestsellers: An Author Talk with Amor Towles
New York Times Bestselling Author of The Rules of Civility, A Gentleman in Moscow, and The Lincoln Highway
European Travel Tips and Tools with Guidebook Author Rick Steves
Popular Public Television Host and Best-Selling Guidebook Author
Master of Suspense: An Author Talk with Ruth Ware
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The It Girl and The Woman in Cabin 10
A Lifetime of Writing: A Conversation with International Bestselling Author John Irving
New York Times Bestselling Author of A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Cider House Rules
Hollywood, Home, Heart, and Healing: A Conversation with Actor John Stamos
Three-time Emmy Nominee and Full House Star
Get Good with Money and Reach Your Financial Goals with Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche
New York Times Bestselling Author and Award-Winning Podcast Host of Brown Ambition
Why She Writes - An Afternoon Chat with Joy Harjo, Internationally Renowned Performer, Writer and Poet of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation
The 23rd United States Poet Laureate and 2023 Winner of Yale’s Bollingen Prize for American Poetry
Power of Women in Science Fiction: Naomi Alderman on Writing Dystopian Worlds
International Bestselling Author of The Power and Creator of Zombies, Run!?
Let's Talk World Building with YA Fantasy Fiction Superstar Author Victoria Aveyard
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the Red Queen Series and the Realm Breaker Series
Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education: An Author Talk with Stephanie Land
New York Times bestselling author of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive
Our team has many years of experience working with authors and publishers to create amazing online programs. Below is a small sample of the book talks our team has hosted in the past to give you an idea of our team’s experience:
Our member library systems come from 40+ states and serve more than ten million cardholders. Pictured here is a small sample of our 300 plus member systems.
We’re a team of people in love with reading, obsessed with personal growth, and relentlessly focused on empowering people on their journey of lifelong learning.