Virtual Programs for Adults


Many of these virtual sessions are conducted through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the meeting. If you have problems registering for an event or don’t receive the meeting instructions, please email us.
Here are basic written instructions for using Zoom as well as a brief video tutorial.

NOTE:
– the library is following all recommended guidelines for ensuring the security of these meetings.
– the Lewes Public Library believes in free speech. During any scheduled online offering, we ask you to keep your comments brief, civil, and germane to the topic at hand.
– in order to protect intellectual property rights, the Library does NOT record any online sessions NOR does the Library allow others to record session(s).

View a list of upcoming virtual Author events.


Lunchtime Story Readings for Adults by Suzanne Savoy
Sundays and Wednesdays | 12:30 PM
The Lewes Public Library’s Shakespeare Festival is pleased to present Lunchtime Story Readings for Adults by Suzanne Savoy, offered every Sunday and Wednesday at 12:30 PM. Registration is required.
Bring your lunch—or just a cup of joe—to this half-hour short-story reading by actor Suzanne Savoy or a guest reader with a brief chat following.
Note: these stories are intended for adults due to strong language and adult themes.
Register here.

 

Food for Thought
Mondays | 1:30 PM
A diverse group discussing topics determined by majority vote. Enjoy a stimulating comfortable atmosphere of reasoned interaction.
No preparation is necessary but be prepared to put your brain in gear.
Register here.

 

English Conversation Group
Tuesdays | 10:00 AM
Join English as a Second Language speakers to improve your English listening and speaking skills, increase your vocabulary and practice pronunciation. A basic conversational English ability is required. Group is open to anyone aged 16+.
Register here.

 

Parliamo Italiano | Italian Conversation Group
1st and 3rd Wednesdays | 1:30 PM
Join Italian speakers 18+ to improve your Italian-speaking skills. Please note: basic Italian conversational ability is required.
Register here.

 

Spanish Conversation Group
Thursdays | 2:00 PM
Join Spanish speakers 18+ to improve your Spanish-speaking skills. Basic Spanish conversational ability is required.
Register here.

 

Happy Hour with Brooke Lea Foster | Summer Darlings
Monday, August 10 | 5:00 PM
Join us in an online conversation with author Brooke Foster, whose debut novel, Summer Darlings, was described as “one terrific summer read” by bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand. Summer Darlings was a top summer book pick from People Magazine, Parade Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and Travel & Leisure.
Set during the splendid summer days of 1960s Martha’s Vineyard, this page-turning debut novel pulls back the curtain on one mysterious and wealthy family as seen through the eyes of their nanny—a college student who, while falling in love on the elegant island, is also forced to reckon with the dark underbelly of privilege.
Brooke Lea Foster is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, Washingtonian, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and HuffPost, among others, and is the author of three nonfiction books. Foster is also an alumna of The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Summer Darlings is her first novel.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of her book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
Register here.

 

Tragedy on Trial: The Emmett Till Story Told Through the Lens of the Law
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 2:00 PM
Register here by date: August 11, August 13, August 18 and August 20
Decades before there was George Floyd, there was Emmett Till. It is said the modern civil rights movement began in earnest with the photos of the brutal murder of 14 year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955.
These four lectures retell the story of that tragic event and the five-day trial of the two men (Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam) accused and acquitted of Till’s murder. Drawing on the trial transcript and news accounts from the time, the lectures will examine in detail the charges of kidnapping and murder. The discussion will also examine the FBI’s 2004 reopening of the case to determine if other individuals were involved.
This lecture series is presented by Ronald Collins, the former Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law. His areas of specialty are jurisprudence and constitutional law. He has authored eleven books. He is also the co-director of the History Book Festival and book editor for SCOTUSblog.
Suggested (though not required) reading: The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson and the trial transcript.

 

Nancy Thorndike Greenspan | Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs
Wednesday, August 12 | 5:00 PM
Be a part of a live, interactive conversation with author Nancy Thorndike Greenspan, on her latest book, Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs, the gripping biography of a notorious Cold War villain–the German-born British scientist who handed the Soviets top-secret American plans for the plutonium bomb–showing a man torn between conventional loyalties and a sense of obligation to a greater good.
German by birth, British by naturalization, Communist by conviction, Klaus Fuchs was a fearless Nazi resister, a brilliant scientist, and an infamous spy. He was convicted of espionage by Britain in 1950 for handing over the designs of the plutonium bomb to the Russians, and has gone down in history as one of the most dangerous agents in American and British history. He put an end to America’s nuclear hegemony and single-handedly heated up the Cold War. But, was Klaus Fuchs really evil? Atomic Spy shows the real Klaus Fuchs–who he was, what he did, why he did it, and how he was caught. His extraordinary life is a cautionary tale about the ambiguity of morality and loyalty, as pertinent today as in the 1940s.
Nancy Thorndike Greenspan began her adult life as a health economist but soon began a writing career as the co-author of four books with her husband, the late child psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan. She is the author of two biographies, The End of the Certain World: The Life and Science of Max Born and the recently published Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of her books from one of our local independent bookstores, Browseabout Books and biblion. Call-in orders are accepted at Browseabout and biblion or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit the websites. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
Register here.

 

Lewes Library Evening Book Club | Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Thursday, August 13 | 6:30 PM
This book club meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. All are welcome!
This month’s book is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
Register here.

 

A Virtual Evening of Readings
Friday, August 14 | 5:00 PM
Join us for an Evening of Readings by the 13th Lewes Creative Writers Conference Workshop Presenters: Sandra Beasley, Anne Colwell, Chet’la Sebree, and Fran Wilde.
Register here.

 

13th Annual Lewes Creative Writers Virtual Conference
Saturday, August 15 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
A free one-day virtual conference for writers with workshops on a variety of writing-related topics offered throughout the day. The conference features two morning sessions and one afternoon session. More information about the workshops, biographies of the workshop leaders, and registration, may be found here.

 

History Book Festival presents Donald L. Miller | Vicksburg
Wednesday, August 19 | 2:00 PM
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a live, interactive talk with Donald L. Miller, author of Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign that Broke the Confederacy, one of the books featured at the 2020 virtual History Book Festival.
“When Vicksburg fell, the fate of the Confederacy was sealed.” — Ulysses S. Grant. The surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, 1863, opened the Mississippi to Union commerce and severed the Confederacy, isolating the slave states of Arkansas and Texas and part of Louisiana. It also ignited a social revolution in Mississippi and eastern Louisiana that culminated in the violent overthrow of plantation slavery. The victory elevated General Grant to command of all Union armies and sent him east to take on Robert E. Lee.
Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History Emeritus at Lafayette College and author of ten books, including Masters of the Air, set to be made into a television series by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of his book from the Festival’s official bookseller, Browseabout Books, by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. You also may purchase a copy at biblion in Lewes. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
Register here.

 

Eight Common Estate Planning Mistakes
Wednesday, August 19 | 5:00 PM
This class covers common estate planning mistakes and how you can avoid them. The class will help uncover some of the common myths about estate planning and offer suggestions on how to optimize your financial future and legacy for your benefit and the benefit of your loved ones.
Deirdra A. McCarney, Esq from Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. and Robert Jeter, Financial Advisor from InFocus Financial Advisors are the co-presenters and instructors with the Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).
Register here.

 

Happy Hour with Fiona Davis | The Lions of Fifth Avenue
Wednesday, August 19 | 5:00 PM
Be a part of a live, interactive conversation with national best-selling author Fiona Davis to discuss her latest historical novel, about a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces. Publishers Weekly writes, “Davis delves into the history of the New York Public Library in this delightful mystery…. The characters and story are stellar, but the real star of the show is the library, which Davis evokes beautifully.”
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of her books from one of our local independent bookstores, Browseabout Books and biblion. Call-in orders are accepted at Browseabout and biblion or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit the websites. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
Register here.

 

Managing Taxes in Retirement
Thursday, August 20 | 5:00 PM
This class examines various tax issues related to retirees. We will discuss how Social Security benefits are taxed, Medicare premiums, RMD’s (Required Minimum Distributions), charitable giving and other tax-related items.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).
Register here.

 

History Book Festival presents Zach Carter | The Price of Peace
Thursday, August 20 | 5:00 PM
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us to talk with Zach Carter, author of The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes, one of the books featured at the 2020 virtual History Book Festival.
John Maynard Keynes was not just a British economist but the preeminent anti-authoritarian thinker of the twentieth century, one who devoted his life to the belief that art and ideas could conquer war and deprivation. Moral philosopher, political theorist, and statesman, Keynes reinvented Enlightenment liberalism to meet the harrowing crises of his time. In the United States, his ideas became the foundation of a burgeoning economics profession, but they also became a flash point in the broader political struggle of the Cold War, as Keynesian acolytes faced off against conservatives in an intellectual battle for the future of the country—and the world.
Zachary D. Carter is a senior reporter at HuffPost, where he covers economic policy and American politics.
Laurie S. Fulton will interview Carter. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from July 2009 to February 2013 and is a member of the Council of American Ambassadors and the Diplomatic Advisory Board of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of his book from the Festival’s official bookseller, Browseabout Books, by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. You also may purchase a copy at biblion in Lewes. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
Register here.

 

KidLit Writers
Thursday, August 20 | 7:00 PM
The KidLit Writers Group is a critique group for adult writers (18 and older) who would like to write for the children’s market. We meet the 3rd Thursday of every month. All children’s genres welcome.
Register here.

 

Happy Hour with Jonathan C. Slaght | Owls of the Eastern Ice
Monday, August 24 | 5:00 PM
Be a part of a live, interactive conversation with author Jonathan C. Slaght as he discusses his latest book, Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl, in which a field scientist and conservationist tracks the elusive Blakiston’s Fish Owl in the forbidding reaches of eastern Russia (on sale August 4, 2020).
When he was just a fledgling birdwatcher, Jonathan C. Slaght had a chance encounter with one of the most mysterious birds on Earth. Bigger than any owl he knew, it looked like a small bear with decorative feathers. He snapped a quick photo and shared it with experts. That first sighting set his calling as a scientist. Soon he was on a five-year journey, searching for this enormous, enigmatic creature in the lush, remote forests of eastern Russia. Through this rare glimpse into the everyday life of a field scientist and conservationist, Owls of the Eastern Ice testifies to the determination and creativity essential to scientific advancement and serves as a powerful reminder of the beauty, strength, and vulnerability of the natural world.
Jonathan C. Slaght is the Russia and Northeast Asia coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he manages research projects on endangered species and coordinates avian conservation activities along the East Asia–Australasian Flyway from the Arctic to the tropics. His annotated translation of Across the Ussuri Kray, by Vladimir Arsenyev, was published in 2016, and his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC World Service, NPR, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, and Audubon magazine, among others. He lives in Minneapolis.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of his book from one of our local independent bookstores, Browseabout Books and biblion. Call-in orders are accepted at Browseabout and biblion or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit the websites. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
Register here.

 

SDARJ Book & Film Discussion | Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol
Tuesday, August 25 | 6:00 PM
Join members of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice for a discussion of Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter
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Susan Abulhawa | Against the Loveless World
Wednesday, August 26 | 5:00 PM
Be a part of a live, interactive conversation with author Susan Abulhawa about her book, Against the Loveless World (for sale August 25, 2020). Written with Susan Abulhawa’s distinctive “richly detailed, beautiful, and resonant” (Publishers Weekly) prose, this powerful novel presents a searing, darkly funny, and wholly unique portrait of a Palestinian woman who refuses to be a victim.
As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait in the 70s to Palestinian refugees, she dreamed of falling in love with the perfect man, raising children, and possibly opening her own beauty salon. Instead, the man she thinks she loves jilts her after a brief marriage, her family teeters on the brink of poverty, she’s forced to prostitute herself, and the US invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, as her parents had been. After trekking through another temporary home in Jordan, she lands in Palestine, where she finally makes a home, falls in love, and her destiny unfolds under Israeli occupation. Nahr’s subversive humor and moral ambiguity will resonate with fans of My Sister and The Serial Killer.
Susan Abulhawa is a Palestinian-American writer and political activist. She is the author of Mornings in Jenin—translated into 30 languages—and The Blue Between Sky and Water. Born to refugees of the Six Day War of 1967, she moved to the United States as a teenager, graduated in biomedical science, and established a career in medical science. In July 2001, Abulhawa founded Playgrounds for Palestine, a non-governmental children’s organization dedicated to upholding the Right to Play for Palestinian children. She lives in Pennsylvania.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of her books from one of our local independent bookstores, Browseabout Books and biblion. Call-in orders are accepted at Browseabout and biblion or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit the websites. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
Register here.

 

Retirement Bootcamp | Savvy Social Security
Thursday, August 27 | 5:00 PM
Planning for retirement can be tricky, it’s full of twists, turns and not nearly enough road signs. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a map, or maybe a checklist for planning a successful retirement? In this workshop, learn how to plan for a successful retirement.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC is a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).
Register here.

 

History Book Festival presents Ellen Marie Wiseman | The Orphan Collector
Thursday, August 27 | 5:00 PM
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us to talk with Ellen Marie Wiseman, author of The Orphan Collector: A Heroic Novel of Survival during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, one of the books featured at the 2020 virtual History Book Festival.
In the fall of 1918, Philadelphians are celebrating the end of World War I when an even more urgent threat arrives: an influenza pandemic. After her mother’s brutally sudden death, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange must leave their tenement apartment to find food for her two baby brothers. Then she herself falls ill and after a hospital stay is forced into an orphanage. Pia runs away to find her brothers, while a woman who is perhaps a greater threat than the virus itself plots to keep them separated.
Ellen Marie Wiseman is the bestselling author of several works of historical fiction, including What She Left Behind, The Plum Tree, and The Life She Was Given. Her novels have been translated into eighteen languages and published worldwide.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of her book from the Festival’s official bookseller, Browseabout Books, by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. You also may purchase a copy at biblion in Lewes. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
Register here.

 

Bring Setting to Life in Your Fiction
Wednesday, September 2 | 1:00 PM
Learn how to draw readers into a fictional world. This class will explain why people enjoy stories with a vivid sense of place and show how to choose and incorporate specific details, fact-check information, and make characters “live” in the setting. Avoid the kinds of errors that break the spell and learn how to create a sense of place that will take your fiction to the next level. Participants will practice what they have learned in one or two short exercises.
Nancy (Day) Sakaduski is an award-winning writer and editor who owns Cat & Mouse Press, a company that publishes books set in the Delmarva region. She runs the annual Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest and helps writers prepare their short stories for publication. Nancy is the author of 25 books, including How to Write Winning Short Stories and the newly published companion workbook. She also curates a free weekly online newspaper, Writing is a Shore Thing. For more information, go to Cat & Mouse Press.
Register here.

 

Happy Hour with Jonathan Kaufman | The Last Kings of Shanghai
Tuesday, September 8 | 5:00 PM
Be a part of a live, interactive conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Kaufman, author of The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China, an epic, multi-generational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era.
In this propulsive narrative, Kaufman reveals a hidden portrait of twentieth-century China, one intrinsically connected to Baghdad and Bombay, London and World War II. Inspired by an accidental visit to the Cathay Hotel, located on Shanghai’s famous waterfront and built by scion of the Sassoon dynasty Victor Sassoon, Kaufman uncovers two rival Jewish dynasties that flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as China surged into the modern era. In The Last Kings of Shanghai, the long-hidden odysseys of the Sassoons and the Kadoories shed light on China’s rise as a global power and its pressures of breakneck modernization, revealing a key to understanding global politics and China in the twenty-first century.
Jonathan Kaufman has written and reported on China for thirty years for The Boston Globe, where he covered the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen Square; The Wall Street Journal, where he served as China bureau chief from 2002 to 2005; and Bloomberg News. He is the author of three books including Broken Alliance: The Turbulent Times Between Blacks and Jews in America, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Kaufman is director of the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of her books from one of our local independent bookstores, Browseabout Books, by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at Browseabout or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit the website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
Register here.

 

Author Eddie S. Glaude | Begin Again
Tuesday, September 15 | 5:00 PM
Be a part of a live, interactive conversation with New York Times best-selling author, Eddie S. Glaude, on his book Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.
We live, according to Eddie S. Glaude Jr., in a moment when the struggles of Black Lives Matter and the attempt to achieve a new America have been challenged by events from the past four years. We have been here before: for James Baldwin, these after times came in the wake of the civil rights movement, when a similar attempt to compel a national confrontation with the truth was answered with the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In these years, spanning from the publication of The Fire Next Time in 1963 to that of No Name in the Street in 1972, Baldwin transformed into a more overtly political writer, a change that came at great professional and personal cost. But from that journey, Baldwin emerged with a sense of renewed purpose about the necessity of pushing forward in the face of disillusionment and despair.
In the story of Baldwin’s crucible, Glaude suggests, we can find hope and guidance through our own after times, this era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Mixing biography—drawn partially from newly uncovered interviews—with history, memoir, and trenchant analysis of our current moment, Begin Again is Glaude’s endeavor, following Baldwin, to bear witness to the difficult truth of race in America today. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and author of Democracy in Black.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of her books from one of our local independent bookstores, Browseabout Books, by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at Browseabout or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit the website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
Register here.