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).
the program times listed are Eastern Time.

View a list of upcoming virtual Author events.


Conversation with Ellis Cose | The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America
Monday, September 21 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live, interactive conversation with critically acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Ellis Cose, on his latest book, The Short Life & Curious Death of Free Speech in America (on sale 9/15/20), which Kirkus Reviews says is “A knowledgeable and timely perspective on the current fraught state of democracy.”
Cose’s powerful new book  explores one of the most essential rights in America – free speech – and reveals how it is crumbling under the combined weight of polarization, technology, money, and systemized lying. He argues the safeguards built into the Constitution to protect free speech and democracy have instead become instruments of suppression. Cose offers an eye-opening wholly original examination of the state of free speech in America today, litigating ideas that touch on every American’s life. Analyzing the experiences of other countries, weaving landmark court cases together with a critical look at contemporary applications, and invoking the lessons of history, including the Great Migration, Cose sheds much-needed light on this cornerstone of American culture and offers a clarion call for activism and change. National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi describes Cose’s work as “stunningly original” and “an abolitionist book for this moment, for this time when free speech slumbers in chains.” In an engaging conversation with Professor Nadine Strossen, Cose will shed light on this cornerstone of American culture and offer a clarion call for activism and change.
Ellis Cose is the author of a dozen books on issues of national and international concern, including the best-selling The Rage of a Privileged Class, a novel (The Best Defense), and Democracy, If We Can Keep It, the definitive history of the American Civil Liberties Union. For 17 years, Cose was a columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine. He is a former chairman of the editorial board and editorial page editor of the New York Daily News as well as an independent radio documentary producer. Cose was the inaugural writer in residence for the ACLU. He has appeared on a range of national and international news programs, including Dateline, ABC News, and Good Morning America. Cose will be in conversation with Nadine Strossen, the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, Emerita at New York Law School. Strossen has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties. From 1991 through 2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the 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.
Here are two recent opinion pieces written by Ellis Cose. This one appeared on Yahoo News and this one appeared in USA Today.

 

History Book Festival presents Sonia Shah | The Next Great Migration
Thursday, September 24 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us to talk with Sonia Shah, author of The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move, one of the books featured at the 2020 virtual History Book Festival.
The idea that certain peoples and species belong in certain places can be tracked from the 18th century studies of Carl Linnaeus, to the eugenics movement of the 20th century, through the anti-immigration policies of today. Experts have historically considered any type of migration as necessarily calamitous, upsetting the “natural order.” But in the broad calculus of our biological history, the benefits of movement have outweighed the terror. The continuation of life on a changing planet depends on migration.
Sonia Shah is a science journalist and author of Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond. Her TED talk, “Three Reasons We Still Haven’t Gotten Rid of Malaria,” has been viewed by more than one million people.
Laurie S. Fulton will interview Carter. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from July 2009 to February 2013 and is co-chair of the Ambassadors Circle of the National Democratic Institute, a nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions 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.

 

History Book Festival presents Eleanor Herman | Sex with Presidents
Thursday, October 1 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us to talk with Eleanor Herman, author of Sex with Presidents: The Ins and Outs of Love and Lust in the White House, one of the books featured at the 2020 virtual History Book Festival.
While Americans have a reputation for being strait-laced, many of the nation’s leaders (e.g., Alexander Hamilton, Warren G. Harding, Grover Cleveland, and John F. Kennedy) have been anything but puritanical. This book revisits some of the sex scandals that have rocked the nation’s capital and shocked the public. While Americans have judged their leaders’ affairs more harshly compared to citizens of other nations, did they mostly just hate being lied to? And do they now care more about issues other than a politician’s sex life?
Eleanor Herman is the bestselling author of The Royal Art of Poison, Sex with Kings, Sex with the Queen, and other works of popular history. She lives in McLean, Virginia.
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.

 

Cooks & Books with Christopher Shockey and Kirsten K. Shockey | The Big Book of Cidermaking
Monday, October 5 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live, interactive, online conversation with Christopher and Kirsten Shockey, co-authors of The Big Book of Cidermaking. The Shockeys will give a talk on cidermaking followed by a demonstration on making hard cider from store-bought juice.
With expert advice and clear, step-by-step instructions, The Big Book of Cidermaking equips readers with the skills they need to make the cider they want: sweet, dry, fruity, farmhouse-style, hopped, barrel-aged, or fortified. The Shockeys’ years of experience cultivating an orchard and their experiments in producing their own ciders have led them to a master formula for cidermaking success, whether starting with apples fresh from the tree or working with store-bought juice.
Christopher Shockey and Kirsten K. Shockey are the co-authors of The Big Book of Cidermaking, Miso, Tempeh, Natto & Other Tasty Ferments, Fiery Ferments, and the best-selling Fermented Vegetables. The Shockeys got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created more than 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermentation to others through classes and workshops held around the world and at their 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. The Shockeys will be interviewed by Denise Clemons, author of A Culinary History of Southern Delaware: Scrapple, Beach Plums and Muskrat, who has been writing her weekly food column, Cape Flavors since 2005, focusing on seasonal, local ingredients and food history. She looks forward to sharing the discovery of new cookbooks through these discussions with cookbook authors.
We invite you to support the authors by purchasing a copy of the 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.

 

Conversation with Chasten Buttigieg | I Have Something to Tell You
Tuesday, October 6 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live, interactive conversation with Chasten Buttigieg, as he discusses his new book, I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir.
Throughout the past year, teacher Chasten Glezman Buttigieg has emerged on the national stage, having left his classroom in South Bend, Indiana, to travel cross-country in support of his husband, former mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Pete’s groundbreaking presidential campaign. Through Chasten’s joyful, witty social media posts, the public gained a behind-the-scenes look at his life with Pete on the trail—moments that might have ranged from the mundane to the surprising, but that were always heartfelt.
Chasten has overcome a multitude of obstacles to get here. In this moving, uplifting memoir, he recounts his journey to finding acceptance as a gay man. He recalls his upbringing in rural Michigan, where he knew he was different, where indeed he felt different from his father and brothers. He recounts his coming out and how he’s healed from revealing his secret to his family, friends, community, and the world. And he tells the story of meeting his boyfriend, whom he would marry and who would eventually become a major Democratic leader. With unflinching honesty, unflappable courage, and great warmth, Chasten Buttigieg relays his experience of growing up in America and embracing his true self, while inspiring others to do the same.
Chasten Glezman Buttigieg was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. A thespian, two-time 4-H blue-ribboner, and decorated member of the high school bowling team, he received his bachelor’s degree in theater and global studies from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire and his master’s in education from DePaul University. He has worked as a busboy, dog walker, nursing assistant, waiter, cashier, bartender, and most recently a middle school drama and humanities teacher. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his husband, Peter, and their two rescue dogs. I Have Something to Tell You is his first book. Chasten will be interviewed by Fay Jacobs, a native New Yorker, who has had a 35-year career in journalism, public relations & theater. As an author, Fay has five published books of humorous and activist essays. She lives in Rehoboth Beach with her wife Bonnie and their Miniature Schnauzer Windsor.
This event is co-sponsored by CAMP Rehoboth supported by Delmarva Public Media.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the 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.

 

History Book Festival presents Eric Cervini | The Deviant’s War
Thursday, October 8 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us to talk with Eric Cervini, author of The Deviant’s War, one of the books featured at the 2020 virtual History Book Festival.
In 1957, Frank Kameny, a rising astronomer working for the U.S. Defense Department in Hawaii, received a summons to report immediately to Washington, D.C. The Pentagon had reason to believe he was a homosexual, and after a series of humiliating interviews, Kameny, like countless gay men and women before him, was promptly dismissed from his government job. Unlike many others, though, Kameny fought back.
Based on firsthand accounts, recently declassified FBI records, and forty thousand personal documents, Eric Cervini’s The Deviant’s War unfolds over the course of the 1960s, as the Mattachine Society of Washington, the group Kameny founded, became the first organization to protest the systematic persecution of gay federal employees. It traces the forgotten ties that bound gay rights to the Black Freedom Movement, the New Left, lesbian activism, and trans resistance. Above all, it is a story of America (and Washington) at a cultural and sexual crossroads; of shocking, byzantine public battles with Congress; of FBI informants; murder; betrayal; sex; love; and ultimately victory.
Eric Cervini is an award-winning historian of LGBTQ+ culture and politics. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar. The Deviant’s War, a New York Times Bestseller, is his first book. Paul M. Smith will interview Cervini. Smith is an attorney who has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court 21 times. He represented the plaintiffs in the 2003 case of Lawrence v. Texas, in which the Court ruled that laws prohibiting private homosexual activity between consenting adults are unconstitutional.
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.

 

Conversation with Meghan Leahy | Parenting Outside the Lines
Tuesday, October 13 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live, interactive conversation with Meghan Leahy, author of Parenting Outside the Lines: Forget the Rules, Tap into Your Wisdom, and Connect with Your Child, a no-nonsense, sanity-saving insights from The Washington Post on Parenting columnist–for anyone who’s drowning in parental pressure and advice that doesn’t work.
Ever feel overwhelmed by the stress and perfectionism of overparenting culture–and at the same time, still look for solutions to ease the struggles of everyday family life? Parenting coach and Washington Post columnist Meghan Leahy feels your pain. Like her clients and readers, she grew weary of the endless “shoulds” of modern parenting–along with the simplistic rules and advice that often hurt more than help. Filled with insights based on child development and hard-won lessons in the trenches, this honest guide presents a new approach, offering permission to practice imperfect parenting with a strong dose of common sense, empathy, and laughter. Gain perspective on trusting your gut, picking your battles, and when to question what’s “normal” (as opposed to what works best for your child).
Meghan Leahy is the On Parenting columnist for The Washington Post, and a certified parenting coach. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, three school-age daughters, and her dog. Leahy has appeared on NPR and ABC, as well as in numerous other publications.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the 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.

 

History Book Festival presents Ellen Carol DuBois | Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote
Thursday, October 15 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us to talk with Ellen Carol DuBois, author of Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote, one of the books featured at the 2020 virtual History Book Festival.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, this book explores the movement to win the vote for women through portraits of its bold leaders and devoted activists. Suffragists built a coalition of moderate lobbyists and radical demonstrators who forged a strategy of winning voting rights in crucial states, setting the stage for securing suffrage for all American women in the Constitution. The suffragists’ final victories in Congress and state legislatures, and the last, most difficult ratification, in Tennessee, are vividly described.
Ellen Carol DuBois is Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA, where she taught women’s history. She is the coeditor of the anthology Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in Women’s History and coauthor of Through Women’s Eyes: An American History with Documents. Anne M. Boylan, Professor Emerita of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware, will interview DuBois. Boylan is the contract historian for the Congressional Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. Her book Votes for Delaware Women is forthcoming from the University of Delaware Press.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the 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.

 

Cooks & Books Presents Stacie Billis | Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner
Monday, October 19 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live, interactive, online conversation with Stacie Billis, author of Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner: 50 Winning Ways to Cook It Up! Stacie will demonstrate how to make one of the recipes from the book
Stacie Billis’ light, funny, and instructional tone takes the intimidation factor out of working with chicken, whether breaking down a bird or roasting it whole. Each chapter is chock-full of tips and tricks that use a wide range of techniques, from braising and roasting to grilling, slow cooking, and sheet-pan cooking, and all fifty recipes focus on tender meat infused with flavor. Keep roasted chicken classic, or give it pizzazz with the addition of a savory compound butter. Get perfectly crispy tenders without frying or give fajitas with lime crema the sheetpan treatment for easy prep (and cleanup). Master the classics and discover new favorites for every occasion, from a casual dinner party to a backyard cookout.
Stacie Billis is a veteran food editor, on-air personality, and cohost of Didn’t I Just Feed You?!, the popular food podcast for parents. Billis’s recipes and non-judgmental cooking advice have been featured in dozens of publications including Parents, Every Day with Rachael Ray, The Washington Post, and Redbook. She also appears on national and local TV outlets including The TODAY Show, QVC, and Hallmark’s Home & Family to share her recipes and kitchen hacks with other busy home cooks. Stacie will be interviewed by Denise Clemons, author of The Culinary History of Southern Delaware, who has been writing her weekly food column, Cape Flavors since 2005, focusing on seasonal, local ingredients and food history. She looks forward to sharing the discovery of new cookbooks through these discussions with cookbook authors.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the 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.

 

100 Things to Do in Delaware Before You Die
Tuesday, October 20 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
There’s no place quite like Delaware. Where else can you drive the length of the state in three hours, bump into a US Senator at the grocery store, and see the preserved hull of a 1798 shipwreck—all in the same day? It may be one of the smallest states in the Union, but Delaware has countless hidden gems to offer visitors and residents alike. 100 Things to Do in Delaware Before You Die is your handbook to discovering these diamonds in the Diamond State, from the warm ocean beaches to bucolic farm country, complete with family-friendly listings and must-do itineraries.
Join us for a live, interactive discussion with Delaware experts Rachel Kipp and Dan Shortridge, who will escort you around the First State’s best-kept secrets. From horseshoe crabs to Colonial architecture, their detailed inside scoops will fascinate visitors and locals alike.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the 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.

 

History Book Festival presents Gina Rae La Cerva | Feasting Wild
Thursday, October 22 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us to talk with Gina Rae La Cerva, author of Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food, one of the books featured at the 2020 virtual History Book Festival.
This combination of memoir and travelogue traces the relationship between “wild food” and environmental conservation. Foraged foods—two centuries ago the mainstay of the North American diet—are now becoming a luxury, served to the wealthy in exclusive restaurants. The author discusses philosophies toward “wild nature” over time and explores the impacts of colonialism, capitalism, climate change, and slavery on wild foods. We meet the wild food gatherers of today and go behind-the-scenes of the trendy wild food industry.
Gina Rae La Cerva is a geographer, environmental anthropologist, and writer who has traveled extensively to research a variety of environmental and food-related topics. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bill Clifton will interview La Cerva. He is executive chef and co-owner of The Counting House Restaurant & Pub in Georgetown, Delaware. In 2019 Clifton appeared on the Food Network competition Beat Bobby Flay.
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 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.

 

Conversation with Timothy Jay Smith | Fire on the Island
Tuesday, October 27 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Be part of a live, interactive conversation with award-winning novelist and screenwriter, Timothy Jay Smith, about his latest novel, Fire on the Island, set on the Greek island of Lesvos. Publishers Weekly calls it a “perfect blend of intrigue, romance, and travelogue.”
The novel is a playful romantic thriller with a gay Greek-American FBI agent, who is undercover on the island to investigate a series of mysterious fires. Set against the very real refugee crisis on the beautiful, sun-drenched Greek islands, Smith paints a loving portrait of a community in crisis. As the island residents grapple with declining tourism, poverty, refugees, family feuds, and a perilously damaged church, an arsonist invades their midst. A long time devotee of the Greek islands, Smith paints the setting with gorgeous color and empathy, and all the charm of Zorba the Greek while shedding bright light on the very real challenges of life in contemporary Greece.
Tim was a frequent visitor to Rehoboth Beach from 1980 until he moved here full-time in 1997. In 2005, he and his partner relocated to France. His bio and information on his writing can be found at his website. Smith is willing to discuss aspects of his writing process and share secrets about how he managed to succeed in a second career that is elusive to so many aspiring authors. He welcomes questions on the craft of writing itself: finding a story, developing characters, adapting real people and places to the page, and the challenges and unexpected benefits of having gay protagonists in his mysteries and thrillers, both genres relatively underpopulated by LGBTQ people. You can email questions to him.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the 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.

 

Cooks & Books Presents Erin Mylroie | 101 Greatest Cookies on the Planet
Tuesday, October 27 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us for a live, interactive conversation and cooking demonstration with Erin Mylroie, author of 101 Greatest Cookies on the Planet. From New York City Giant Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies to Nutella® Lava Cookies, Erin Renouf Mylroie has ranked 101 of her favorite cookies ever. Erin will demonstrate on how to make Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter.
Erin compiled this impressive collection of cookies with the best flavors for every season, holiday and party. Most recipes can be made in a single bowl to cut down on cleanup. Welcome the return of autumn with Dark Chocolate–Dipped Pumpkin Biscotti and Maple-Pecan Shortbread. Savor cozy winter days with Peppermint Sugar Cookies or Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow Sno-Cap Cookies. With this cookbook, you’ll have everything you need to make your celebrations effortlessly sweet.
Erin Mylroie is the author of 2-Ingredient Miracle Dough and was a finalist on Guy Fieri’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown on the Food Network and has also appeared on The Rachel Ray Show. She lives in Santa Clara, Utah. Erin will be interviewed by Denise Clemons, author of The Culinary History of Southern Delaware, who has been writing her weekly food column, Cape Flavors since 2005, focusing on seasonal, local ingredients and food history. She looks forward to sharing the discovery of new cookbooks through these discussions with cookbook authors.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the 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.

 

Happy Hour with Lynn C. Miller | The Unmasking
Wednesday, October 28 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Be a part of a live, interactive conversation with author and performer Lynn C. Miller to discuss her latest novel, The Unmasking.
Best friends Bettina, Miriam, and Fiona are shocked when their dean of liberal studies dies in a single-car accident amid accusations of mishandling university funds. They suspect murder, especially after learning that the dean’s estranged wife will inherit three million dollars. Events take a surprising turn when they travel from Austin, Texas, to a Chautauqua performance in Silver City, New Mexico, where they join several others, some with questionable motives, including the dean’s wife and her lover. In the close confines of the lodge, the group brings to life remarkable women from history—including Victoria Woodhull, Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and Virginia Woolf. But when one woman is kidnapped and another disappears, the friends’ lives are forever changed as they realize that the masks we wear often hide chilling truths.
The Unmasking is Lynn C. Miller’s fourth novel. Her third novel, The Day After Death, was nominated for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award. Prior published novels are The Fool’s Journey and Death of a Department Chair. Co-author of Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir, Miller has performed and directed the work of women writers including Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, and Katherine Anne Porter. A former professor of Theater and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin, she is co-publisher of Bosque Press and lives in Albuquerque, NM.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the 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.

 

History Book Festival presents Donald L. Miller | Vicksburg
Thursday, October 29 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
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.

 

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Book & Film Discussion | I Can’t Date Jesus
Tuesday, September 22 | 6:00 PM
Join members of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice for a discussion on I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé by Michael Arceneaux.

 

Natural Selections Book Club | Mama’s Last Hug
Wednesday, October 7 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
The Natural Selections Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month to discuss nature-themed books. All are welcome.
This month’s book is Mama’s Last Hug : Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves by Frans De Waal.

 

Lewes Library Evening Book Club | 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Thursday, October 8 | 6:30 PM Eastern Time
This book club meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. All are welcome! This month’s book is 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

 

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Book & Film Discussion | The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (film)
Tuesday, October 27 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time
Join members of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice for a discussion on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (film directed by George C. Wolfe, 2017)

 

Food for Thought
Mondays | 1:30 PM Eastern Time
NOTE:
no meeting on September 7
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.

 


Topical Seminars

1st and 3rd Fridays | 1:30 PM Eastern Time
Offered the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, these seminars foster curiosity in sessions of elevated discourse on a variety of topics. Open to anyone seeking intellectual insight. Participants are expected to prepare for monthly sessions by reading a short paper and suggested pertinent articles.
Each meeting consists of a short presentation of the topic followed by a spirited conversation based on this reading and research.
For the Topical Essays format, scheduled periodically throughout the year, participants are required to submit written responses to a written essay submitted by a community member in advance of the meeting.
September 4 | What Do We Know
September 18 | Trusting Information Sources
October 2 | The Role of Police in a Democracy
October 16 | Black Lives Matter
November 6 | Topical Essay- Atheism is a Religion
November 20 | Economic Systems, Politics, and Values
December 4 | Economic Systems, Politics, and Values II
December 18 | Holiday Special
January 1 | No meeting
January 15 | Smart Growth in Sussex, DE
February 5 | Topical Essay- Meaning in Art
February 19 | Point/Counterpoint Left-Right Perspectives: Immigration
March 5 | Labor Portrayed in Photography
March 19 | Topical Essay
April 2 | Stifling Left And Right-Wing Ideologies
April 16 | Point/Counterpoint, Left- Right Perspectives
May 7 | Reparations
May 21 | The Role Of The Social Media In American Discourse
June 4 | Lessons From the Crisis
June 18 | Final Session
For more information, visit the Topical Seminars website.

English Conversation Group
Tuesdays | 10:00 AM Eastern Time
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+.

 


Parliamo Italiano | Italian Conversation Group

1st and 3rd Wednesdays | 1:30 PM Eastern Time
Join Italian speakers 18+ to improve your Italian-speaking skills. Please note: basic Italian conversational ability is required.

 

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

 

KidLit Writers
Thursday, September 17 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time
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.

 

Stay Grounded, Nourished, and Healthy this Fall with Ayurveda
Friday, October 9 | 10:00 AM Eastern Time
A time of transition – Fall is dry, windy, erratic, and cool, in Ayurveda this time is referred to as Vata Season. In Ayurveda we believe that like attracts like and opposites heal. With the cool, erratic energy of Vata season, it is important to create healthy habits to help keep us warm, nourished and grounded.
In this one hour workshop you will learn the importance of:
– Daily Routine
– Seasonal Diet
– Vata pacifying life style choice
– Yoga and Pranayama practices that help soothe, balance, and ground
Stacey Chandler is a yoga and meditation teacher, Ayurvedic and EFT practitioner who specializes in Yoga Psychology to assist in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Hunter is her 8 year old chocolate Labrador and therapy assistant and will participate in this workshop.

 

A Woman’s Work Continues | A Deeper Dive into the Issues
Tuesday, October 20 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time
After the success of our July 2020 panel discussion, the Delaware Historical Society and Lewes Public Library are co-hosting a second panel discussion to take a deeper look into women’s rights and issues. Joining us will be a diverse panel of socially conscious, activist women. Each will give a short presentation on a specific topic. Afterwards there will be a general discussion. Bring your questions and comments, audience participation is encouraged!
Moderated by Dr. Emerald Christopher-Byrd, Assistant Professor, Women & Gender Studies, University of Delaware
Panelists include:
~ Beatrice “Bebe” Coker – Community activism and education
~ Shane Darby – Black maternal health
~ Kerri Evelyn Harris – LGBTQ+ community and micro-aggression and racism
~ Melanie Ross Levin – Delaware women and COVID

 

Bring Characters to Life in Your Fiction
Thursday, October 29 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Well-drawn characters captivate readers and add spark to stories and novels. Learn how to develop intriguing characters, create authentic dialogue, and put characters into motion. Topics will include naming characters, showing relationships between characters, and depicting characters that are different from yourself (age, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, etc.). Participants will come away with actionable skills that improve the quality of their writing.
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, How to Write Winning Short Stories Workbook. She also curates a free weekly online newspaper, Writing is a Shore Thing. For more information, go to Cat & Mouse Press.

 

Retirement Bootcamp
Retirement Planning/Success | Thursday, September 10 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Savvy Social Security | Thursday, September 17 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Retirement Investing | Thursday, September 24 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
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? This retirement planning seminar is designed to educate those who are nearing retirement or who have recently retired. We will cover the importance and basic strategies to plan a successful retirement, maximize your social security benefit and position your portfolio to last. Our goal is to help make people aware of the challenges in retirement and teach them suitable ways to prepare and overcome them.
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).

 

Medicare Basics In Retirement
Friday, September 18 | 11:00 AM Eastern Time
Join us for an educational seminar by Joseph Cisco, President of CAISE Benefits, to help you understand your options when enrolling with Medicare and/or retiring.
We will answer all of your questions regarding signing up for Medicare upon turning 65, retiring, or going on disability
~ Medicare 101 – What do all of those letters mean – A? B? C? D? What’s the difference between Plans F, G, and N?
~ Understand the major difference (and importance) between being Observed and Admitted in the hospital.
~ Find out how COBRA and Retiree Benefits can affect your Medicare.
This workshop is presented by The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).

 

Inheritance Management
Thursday, October 8 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Are you the executor or beneficiary of an estate? Handling the death of a loved one is an incredibly difficult time. Finances can make it harder as there are a number of deadlines and things you need to know. This course will walk through various financial considerations and implications you need to be aware of to smoothly transfer assets and minimize confusion in a difficult time.
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).

 

Understanding Annuities
Thursday, October 15 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Annuities are some of the most complex investment instruments ever created. This class presents an unbiased and educational look at how annuities work, the different types and features of annuities as well as the benefits and downsides to each.
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).

 

Retirement Roadmap
Thursday, October 22 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Nearing retirement or recently retired? This course is for you. We will examine the things you need to do to be prepared to take the major step into retirement. We will also talk about considerations for those who are newly retired to maximize your retirement years.
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).

 

How Tax Planning Changes Through Four Stages of Retirement
Wednesday, October 28 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time
People often pay more in taxes than expected because a confusing system treats various income types differently, and contains hidden taxes and penalties. Because your tax exposure will change throughout retirement, you need a tax strategy that anticipates how and when you tap assets to cover personal expenses, understand the range of taxes you will face at various stages and manage your actions so you pay as low a tax rate as possible.
Peter Gaertner, CFP® is a Financial Planner and community educator with Affinity Wealth Management, LLC based in Wilmington. He has instructed retirement and estate planning courses at Delaware State University and the Lifelong Learning Center at the University of Delaware, and has shared his expertise with many other community members.
This workshop is presented by The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).

 

Lunchtime Story Readings for Adults by Suzanne Savoy
Sundays and Wednesdays | 12:30 PM Eastern Time
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.

 

A Celebration of Local Artists
Thursday, September 24 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time
All are invited to an online performance with local visual art videos, poetry and music hosted by Guillermo Silveira through the Library. Share your art, music, poetry and thoughts about the artistic expression in our area, in video format or life performance.
For more information, please contact Guillermo at GuillermoSilveira@yahoo.com.

 

American Shakespeare Center presents Othello
Monday, October 12 – Sunday, October 18
If truth has lost its meaning, how long can love survive? Evil is everywhere in Shakespeare’s great tragedy of racism and jealousy, as the love of Othello and Desdemona is destroyed by envy and fact is twisted by innuendo.
From October 12 – 18, the Lewes Public Library Shakespeare Festival* is making available to the community free, on-demand streaming of the American Shakespeare Center‘s virtual production of Othello. Envious machinations and evil intentions take hold in ASC’s Othello, directed by Ethan McSweeny and recorded in 4-camera cinema quality from the stage of Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor stage. This stunningly relevant tragedy of racism and jealousy features Jessika D. Williams in the title role (Ms. Williams has won a cult following from her appearances on Doctor Who). Acclaimed actor John Harrell appears as the malevolent Iago. It’s a struggle between good and evil when these two titanic talents square off. More information about the production may be found here.
Founded in 1988, ASC is among the first not-for-profit companies in North America to produce live theatre for in-person audiences since the pandemic shut the performing arts industry down in March. The company utilizes Shakespeare’s Staging Conditions (universal lighting, minimal sets, character doubling, cross-gender casting, and live music) to blend Shakespeare’s stagecraft with a modern sensibility.
Registrants will receive a link and password allowing them unlimited, on-demand streaming of the show during the week of October 12 – 18. Watch the show more than once, re-watch specific scenes, or skip around – whatever you choose!

 

Join us on Friday, October 16 at 4:00 PM for a live interactive talkback with the cast and crew of Othello. Separate registration is required.

 

Talkback with Cast and Crew of ASC’s Othello
Friday, October 16 | 4:00 PM Eastern Time
Take your experience of watching the virtual performance of Othello by the American Shakespeare Center to the next level. Join us for an interactive Q&A with the director, cast and crew for an inside, behind-the-scenes view of their experience conceptualizing, creating and performing in the show. Ask anything you like! A talkback is the perfect opportunity to get the inside track on what goes into the making and performing of a show.
Presented by the Lewes Public Library Shakespeare Festival*.

 

The Last Vampire and The Vampyre | A Celebration of Halloween
Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 | 7:00 PM Eastern Time
The Lewes Public Library Shakespeare Festival* brings New York City’s own David Logan Rankin to perform staged readings of two vampire-themed pieces for Halloween. The first, John William Polidoris’ 1819 piece, The Vampyre, was written as a short work of prose fiction as part of a contest that produced Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is perhaps the first written work to combine the various elements of the vampire tale into a coherent literary work. Joining Rankin in this reading is Lewes’ own Sadie Andros. The second piece The Last Vampire, is a solo piece written and read by David Logan Rankin. It is a chilling experience as the audience interacts directly with the vampire as he tells us of his experiences in the hundreds of years of his existence amongst us.
Singled out for excellence time and again by the New York theatre community, David Logan Rankin brings a strong artistic sensibility shaped with a craft honed by decades of experience on New York and regional stages, in television, film, video, and the recording studio. Sadie is well known to local audiences through her performances at Clear Space, her regular appearances with the Shakespeare Festival offerings, and in her work as the drama teacher at Cape Henlopen High School.
This performance is on the lawn behind the library. For your comfort, bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, and dress for the weather. Social distancing areas will be marked out for attendees and masks that cover the mouth and nose are required by all. In case of inclement weather, you will be contacted regarding whether the event is moved indoors.
Registration is required and attendance may be limited if the weather is inclement.

 

*The Shakespeare Festival is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.