Library Live

The NBPLF is pleased to present the 2019-2020 season of Library Live!

Elizabeth Turk
Shoreline Project: Presentation and book signing
Tuesday, October 22, 7:00pm
FREE Event and no reservations required
Photo credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Award-winning and internationally recognized artist, Elizabeth Turk, is known mostly for her intricate marble sculpture  until recently, when she embarked on the creation of a community performance/installation in Laguna Beach in 2018 entitled Shoreline Project. This endeavor was a 1000-person experience performed at the Pacific Ocean for a single magical night. Evolved from Turk’s body of work, entitled Seashell X-Ray Mandala series, these images were transferred to the canopy of 1000 umbrellas internally lit by LEDs. Volunteers, students, dancers, wielded these umbrellas on Laguna’s Main Beach for a two-hour community performance guided by Turk and members of her studio. Turk speaks about her experience in developing this project and future plans for it to travel to Hawaii, Japan, and shorelines across the globe. Shoreline Project, the book is published in partnership by Laguna Art Museum; California State University, Fullerton; Grand Central Press; and ET Studios documents the artist’s process and the thousands of performers and spectators who showed up to be part of this amazing artwork.


Click on these links for more information about the speaker and book: Elizabeth Turk and the Shoreline Project.


Allison Davis Maxon, M.S., LMFT and Sharon Kaplan Roszia, M.S.
Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency
Thursday, October 24, 7:00pm
FREE with reservation

If you have seen the Paramount Pictures movie, Instant Family, written and directed by Sean Anders, then you are familiar with the types of challenges Maxon and Roszia address in their new book Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third-Party Reproduction (2019). According to Seneca Orange County over 50,000 children in California are waiting for a safe home and loving family. Maxon and Roszia’s work illuminates the issues and offers tools to support people who chose to adopt and the youth/children who are adopted as they develop into a family and enter as a unit into a neighborhood, school system, religious and youth organizations, and the local community.

Click on these links for more information about the speakers and book:  Allison David Maxon and Sharon Kaplan Roszia or the book Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency


Dibi and Herbie Fletcher
The Fletcher Family: A Lifetime in Surf
Thursday, November 14, 7:00pm
Ticket: $10 General / $7 NBPLF Member


Dibi Fletcher is a writer, unofficial Chief Operating Officer of the Astrodeck surfing-equipment company, and matriarch of the Fletcher family. Herbie Fletcher is a prolific and legendary surfer, shaper and entrepreneur. They owned the Clark Foam Franchise for the Hawaiian Islands, Herbie Fletcher Surf Shop in Dana Point, and currently own Astrodeck. The Fletcher Family: A Lifetime in Surf (2019) is Dibi’s reflection on the mark that she, Herbie, sons Christian and Nathan, and grandson Grayson have made on the worlds of surfing and skateboarding.


Contributors to this Rizzoli publication include Mike Diamond from the Beastie Boys, Steve Van Doren from Vans; artist Julian Schnabel; surfer Kelly Slater, and photographer C.R. Stecyk III.


Helen Zia
Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao’s Revolution
Thursday, February 20, 7:00pm
Ticket: $27 General / $21 NBPLF Member*

Zia is an activist, award-winning author and former journalist. In 2000, her first book, Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, was a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. She also authored the story of Wen Ho Lee in My Country Versus Me, about the Los Alamos scientist who was falsely accused of being a spy for China in the “worst case since the Rosenbergs.”

Helen’s latest book is Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao’s Revolution. Released in January 2019, it traces the lives of emigrants and refugees from another cataclysmic time in history that has striking parallels to the difficulties facing migrants today.

Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone
Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Thursday, March 12, 7:00pm
Tickets: $27 General / $21 NBPLF Member

At age 25, Adeyemi is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating from Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she studied West African mythology, religion, and culture in Salvador, Brazil. Her first novel, Children of Blood and Bone, debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2018 and is being developed into a movie by Lucasfilm/Fox. Her highly anticipated second novel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, comes out in December 2019. Adeyemi speaks about her inspiration for her books, the creative process, and her many influences. When she’s not writing or watching BTS Korean music videos, she is teaching creative writing at


Watch Tomi Adeyemi on Jimmy Fallon



Steven Rowley
The Editor
Thursday, April 2, 7:00pm
Ticket: $10 General / $7 NBPLF Member*

Rowley’s smash debut, Lily and the Octopus (2016) was a publishing phenomenon. The magical tale of grief and friendship sent shock waves through the literary world and was heralded on both sides of the Atlantic.  Sold in translation in nineteen languages, Rowley’s remarkable book made The Washington Post’s list of Notable Fiction and is currently in development as an Amazon Studios feature film. 

Rowley now delivers on the soaring promise of that debut with The Editor (2019) a stunning exploration of the complicated bonds forged within families and a tribute to the serendipitous relationships that shape and define us.


Program Details:

  • Doors open at 6:30pm
  • Program is 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Book Sale and Signing, refreshments
  • Friends Room, Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Reservation or Tickets required
  • FREE parking in Library Lot and Civic Center Structure

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