Library Live.

We are thrilled to welcome these four brilliant authors to our 2022 series. Library Live is for adventurous readers who enjoy hearing from established literary figures and emerging talent. Novelists, poets, historians, journalists, biographers, memoirists and more share their ideas firsthand with our community. Participate, engage, and be challenged by our presentations with today’s most gifted scribes.

Interior Chinatown


Interior Chinatown: Screenwriting, Representation, and Identity
Thursday, April 28, 7:00pm

Drawing on his experience as a fiction writer and as a television writer and producer, Charles Yu discusses his acclaimed novel, Interior Chinatown (the winner of the 2020 National Book Award for fiction), and the issues of immigration, assimilation, and representation that animate his storytelling. Yu also addresses the role of family and the confines of stereotypes that persist today in film and television. He is an award-winning author of four books, twice nominated for Writers Guild of America awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. Charles Yu has written for numerous TV shows on FX, AMC and HBO and his published work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among others.

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Walter Stahr
Salmon P Chase


Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival
Thursday, February 24, 7:00pm

Salmon P. Chase is best remembered as Lincoln’s rival for the Republican nomination in 1860. But there would not have been a national Republican Party, and Lincoln could not have won the presidency, were it not for the vital groundwork Chase had already laid in previous decades. Drawing on previously overlooked sources, Stahr’s book sheds new light on a complex and fascinating political figure at the center of the fight for racial justice in 19th century America and the pivotal years framing the Civil War. Walter Stahr is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time winner of the Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography.

The Vanishing Half


The Vanishing Half
Thursday, March 3, 7:00pm

Novelist Brit Bennett is one of today’s most exciting new voices in literary fiction. Her lectures are as unflinching and memorable as her writing and will give audiences a window into her craft while exploring broader themes of race, family, and relationship. Bennett was named a “5 Under 35” honoree by the National Book Foundation and she has also been a New York Times number-one bestseller. Before publishing her novel, Brit Bennett has also built an impressive platform as a social commentator. Her work has also been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The Paris Review.

Adin Dobkin
Sprinting Through No Man's Land


Sprinting Through No Man’s Land: Endurance, Tragedy and Rebirth in the 1919 Tour de France
Thursday, March 24, 7:00pm

Sprinting Through No Man’s Land traces the 1919 Tour de France cycling race, which began just one day after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles marking the end of World War I. Dobkin explores the amazing capacity of human endurance and experiences of the athletes — many of whom arrived at the competition straight from the warfront — as they cycled through a devastated, post-war landscape in a grueling month-long competition. Dobkin illustrates how the cyclists united a country that had been torn apart by unprecedented desolation and tragedy. The works of this Brooklyn writer and journalist have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, The Paris Review Daily, and more.


Held in Friends Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Free parking on the ground level and in the parking structure
Limited Seating

Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm || Doors open at 6:30pm
Lecture, Book Sale & Signing, Refreshments
General $35 || NBPLF Member $30

Currently, masks are required for all indoor events at the Newport Beach Public Library.

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation follows the State of California guidelines for indoor gatherings, and we are staying informed on all the latest requirements. We will email all attendees with the latest information one week before the event.


Tickets on sale November 10, 2021 || Box office closes at 2pm on the day of the event
Opportunity to buy a signed copy of the speakers’ publications at the event


Contact Director of Programs Kunga Wangmo-Upshaw or 949-717-3818.

2022 Sponsors

The Foundation would like to express our deepest gratitude to the funding Sponsors and Partners for the steadfast support and generosity of the Library Live 2022 season.

The Isidore and Penny Myers Foundation

Johanna and Kenneth Kim
Barbara Roberts

Karen and Bruce Clark
Samuel and Tammy Tang

Chiyo Imai Rowe
Jill Johnson-Tucker and Larry Tucker

Loren Blackwood
Ginger Sun and Arthur Ong
Ann Stephens

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2022 Library Live Committee
Loren Blackwood
Patricia Dreyfus
Johanna Kim, Co-Chair
Lindsay Means
Dorothy Larson
Toby Larson
Ann Stephens
Tammy Tang, Co-Chair
Paul Watkins (Library Trustee Liaison)