Library Live

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

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.

Clink 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.


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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