The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) has partnered with the Library Speakers Consortium, a national organization that partners with over 200 libraries across 37 states, to zoom exceptional author interviews directly into Somerset County residents’ homes.

“SCLSNJ is proud to join libraries nationwide in our partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium,” said Darryl Voorhees, manager of adult services programming and collaborations. “While our physical branch locations remain a vital part of providing core services, virtual programming has liberated us in some ways from the constraints of location. This has also allowed us to collaborate and pool resources with other libraries and service providers. The Library Speakers Consortium is a premium enhancement to our ongoing author talks that will further serve our active adult reading communities.”

Tuesday, September 20 from 2-3 p.m.: Virtual Author Talk with Simon Winchester;
British-American writer, journalist, and consummate adventurer Simon Winchester will discuss his books, “The Professor and the Madman,” “The Perfectionists,” “The Map That Changed the World,” and “Krakatoa.”

Tuesday, September 27 from 4-5 p.m.: Virtual Author Talk with Hernan Diaz;
Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Hernan Diaz will discuss his books “In the Distance” and “Trust.” 

Thursday, October 13 from 4-5 p.m.: Virtual Author Talk with Dr. Aziz Gazipura;
Social confidence expert Dr. Aziz Gazipura will discuss his book, “Not Nice: Stop People-Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty…And Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, And Unapologetically Being Yourself.”

Tuesday, October 18 from 7-8 p.m.: Virtual Author Talk with Zain E. Asher;
CNN anchor Zain E. Asher will discuss her captivating and inspiring memoir “Where the Children Take Us.” 

Tuesday, October 25 from 7-8 p.m.: Virtual Author Talk with Kate Quinn;
Historical fiction writer Kate Quinn will be discussing her newest release, “The Diamond Eye,” and her other works including “The Alice Network,” “The Huntress,” and “The Rose Code.”

More information will be coming soon about additional upcoming speakers: Wednesday, November 2 from 4-5 p.m.: Virtual Author Talk with Lisa Napoli;; and Thursday, November 10 from 2-3 p.m.: Virtual Author Talk with Bonnie Garmus;

Explore past author event recordings at including conversations with David Allen, Michele Harper, and more. To discover all SCLSNJ has to offer, visit or connect with SCLSNJ on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.