Allison Davis Maxon

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) is excited to announce the new Library Live speaker series at the Central Library with noted authors Allison Davis Maxon and Sharon Kaplan Roszia, Dibi and Herbie Fletcher, Helen Zia, and Steven Rowley. According to Nancy Dahlfors, Library Live Committee Chair and NBPLF Board Member, “This season explores the power of adoption and the need for finding loving homes for 50,000 children in California; surfing and skateboarding as pastime, competition and industry; the challenges of migrating families; and the literary complications of when fictional characters interact with Jackie Onassis. It’s a wide range of interesting and timely topics and we look forward to engaging our speakers and community in conversation over coffee and cookies.”
About Library Live: Library Live is one of the NBPLF’s signature programs. Library Live presents prominent literary figures and emerging talent with their recent publications of fiction or nonfiction. All speakers are selected by volunteers who serve on the Library Live Committee: Loren Blackwood, Nancy Dahlfors (Chair), Lisa Dowling, Barbara Glabman (Library Trustee Liaison) Dorothy Larson, Toby Larson, Natasha Palmaer, and Melody Wilson.
About the Speakers: 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.
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 Beatie 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

Steven RowleyThe 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
All programs are held at the Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Doors open 30 minutes before program starts.Book Sale and Signing, refreshments. Reservations and Tickets required and available at or 949-717-3892
Free parking in Library Lot and Civic Center Structure
Questions? 949-717-3892 or
About the Foundation
Founded in 1994 by Elizabeth and John Stahr, the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to funding valuable library resources, programs and services, and engages the community through the creation and sponsorship of diverse literary, cultural, and intellectual programs. The Foundation fills in the gaps between the community needs and local government funding to help make the Newport Beach Public Library one of only 257 Library Journal Star-rated public libraries in the country. The NBPLF and its dedicated membership help make the library happen every day and for every one!

Archive Newport Beach Public Library Foundation Announces the Speakers for the 2019-2020 Library Live Author Series