Upcoming Adult Programs


New Yorker Cartoonist and Author Bob Eckstein Shares His Favorite Museums and Cartoons

Wednesday, May 29th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

Museum enthusiasts, this one is for you! Join author Bob Eckstein as he celebrates his most recent release, Footnotes from the Most Fascinating Museums: Stories and Memorable Moments from People Who Love Museums. This book is filled with lush and whimsical illustrations paired with stories and anecdotes from curators, museum workers, museum visitors, and more. We hope you can join us for what will be a fun and fascinating conversation!

Bob is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer and snowman expert.  He's done cartoons for  the New York Times, MAD magazine and The New Yorker. Published books include Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores (2016) and The Illustrated History of the Snowman (2018) and The Complete Book of Cat Names (That Your Cat Won't Answer to, Anyways). His work has been exhibited in The Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco, Smithsonian Institute, The Cartoon Museum of London and The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University. 

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library.  All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, with additional funding from the Friends of the Sharon Public Library.


Author Julie Gerstenblatt Discusses "Daughters of Nantucket"

Thursday, June 6th @ 6:15 PM In-Person

We are very excited to welcome author Julie Gerstenblatt to the Library! Julie will explain how she took the seed of an idea from history and developed it into her debut novel, Daughters of Nantucket (2023). She will also discuss her writing process and the creation of her characters, and touch on the novel’s structure while highlighting some of the research involved. An audience Q&A and book signing will follow her talk.

Julie Gerstenblatt holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University and has taught everything from middle school to graduate school - and indoor cycling. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post and Grown & Flown, among others. When not writing, Julie is a college essay coach. A native New Yorker, Julie now lives in coastal Rhode Island with her family and one very smart poodle mix. She likes to say that she moved from New York to Rhode Island to get closer to Nantucket, where she has been vacationing since the 1970’s. DAUGHTERS OF NANTUCKET, which received a starred review from both Booklist and Shelf Awareness and was included on several "most anticipated" lists for 2023, is her debut novel.  Register HERE.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Sharon Public Library.


Author Cass's "Suffrage Song: The Haunted History of Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the U.S."

Monday, June 10th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

We hope you can join us for what is going to be a fascinating conversation with author Caitlin Cass on her book, "Suffrage Song: The Haunted History of Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the U.S." Part graphic novel, part map of the suffrage movement, this book tells the story of the fight for the right to vote by women from the very beginning.

About Caitlin:

Caitlin Cass makes comics, cartoons and art installations about failing systems and irrational hope. Story by story she is building her own canon in a doomed effort to understand the dismal state of the world.

For the past 12 years Caitlin has published a bimonthly comic periodical under the moniker The “Great” Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent. Her cartoons and comics have appeared in The New Yorker, The Lily and The Nib. Caitlin was a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction. Her 2020 solo exhibition Women’s Work was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Caitlin’s graphic history Suffrage Song will come out with Fantagraphics Books in June 2024.

Originally from River Forest, IL, Caitlin spent 11 years in Buffalo, NY and recently moved west to teach as Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Illustration and Time-Based Media at the University of Nebraska Omaha. 

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


Author Shannon Reed's "Why We Read: On Bookworms, Libraries, and Just One Page Before Lights Out"

Thursday, June 13th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

Shannon Reed makes the case that we should read for pleasure above all else. In this whip-smart, laugh-out-loud funny collection, she shares surprising stories from her life as a reader and the poignant ways in which books have impacted her students. Reed takes us on a rollicking tour through the comforting world of literature. 

About Shannon:

Shannon Reed is a writer and professor living in a small town just outside Pittsburgh.

Shannon grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and lived in Brooklyn for 14 years, where she taught high school English and Theatre. In 2012, she began studying with the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she completed an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) in 2015. She joined the faculty shortly thereafter, and is now the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Writing Program in the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Teaching Associate Professor, specializing in fiction and humor writing courses.

Shannon’s first book, Why Did I Get a B?: And Other Mysteries We’re Discussing in the Faculty Lounge, was a semi-finalist for the Thurber Prize in American Humor. Her second, Why We Read: On Bookworms, Libraries, and Just One More Page Before Lights Out, publishes on February 6, 2024. It’s a Next Big Idea Club Must-Read Pick and will be featured in George Saunders’ Substack newsletter, Office Hours.

Shannon’s writing has been published in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (where one of her pieces was the most-read article in 2018, and another was in the Top Three for 2023), The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Slate, Buzzfeed, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and many other publications.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


Author Adam Smyth on "The Book-Makers - A History of the Book in Eighteen Lives"

Tuesday, June 18th @ 10:00 AM via Zoom

Books have transformed humankind by enabling authors to create, document, and entertain. Yet we know little about the individuals who brought these fascinating objects into existence and of those who first experimented in the art of printing, design, and binding. Who were the renegade book-makers who changed the course of history? We are thrilled to be chatting with author Adam Smyth about this topic so close to our hearts. We hope you can join us!

About The Book-Makers - A History of the Book in Eighteen Lives. The five-hundred-year history of printed books, told through the people who created them. Books tell all kinds of stories—romances, tragedies, comedies—but if we learn to read the signs correctly, they can tell us the story of their own making too. The Book-Makers offers a new way into the story of Western culture’s most important object, the book, through dynamic portraits of eighteen individuals who helped to define it. From Wynkyn de Worde’s printing of fifteenth-century bestsellers to Nancy Cunard’s avant-garde pamphlets produced on her small press in Normandy, this is a celebration of the book with the people put back in.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


Author Paige McClanahan: "The New Tourist: Waking Up to the Power and Perils of Travel"

Tuesday, June 18th | 2:00 PM (Virtual)

Through deep and perceptive dispatches from tourist spots around the globe—from Hawaii to Saudi Arabia, Amsterdam to Angkor Wat—The New Tourist lifts the veil on an industry that accounts for one in ten jobs worldwide and generates nearly ten percent of global GDP. How did a once-niche activity become the world’s most important means of contact across cultures? When does tourism destroy the soul of a city, and when does it offer a place a new lease on life? Is “last chance tourism” prompting a powerful change in perspective, or driving places we love further into the ground?

Filled with revelations about an industry that shapes how we view the world, The New Tourist spotlights painful truths but also delivers a message of hope: that the right kind of tourism—and the right kind of tourist—can be a powerful force for good.

About Paige:

Paige McClanahan is an American journalist based in France. A regular contributor to The New York Times, she has reported from more than a dozen countries, writing for publications like The Guardian, the BBC, and The Washington Post, among many others. Her reporting has covered multilateral trade negotiations, humanitarian crises, economic development, and, for the past five years, the tourism industry. Her travel journalism has been recognized by The Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalists Association. A graduate of Williams College and Duke University, she has lived in five countries since she left the United States in 2008.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


Q&A with True Crime Authors Katherine Ramsland & Tracy Ullman: "The Serial Killer's Apprentice"

Monday, June 24th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

If you are a fan of true crime and want to dive deep into the psychology of a serial killer and his apprentice, this program is for you! Join authors Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ullman as they discuss their most recent book, "The Serial Killer's Apprentice", a psychological examination of the blurred line between victim and accomplice—and how a killer can be created. Brrrr, we get chills just thinking of it! We hope you can join us for this fascinating conversation!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Dr. Katherine Ramsland teaches forensic psychology and criminology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where she is the Assistant Provost. She has appeared as an expert in criminal psychology on more than 200 crime documentaries and magazine shows, is an executive producer of Murder House Flip, and has consulted for CSI, Bones, and The Alienist. The author of more than 1,500 articles and 71 books, including The Forensic Science of CSI, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, How to Catch a Killer, The Psychology of Death Investigations, and Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, The BTK Killer, she was co-executive producer for the Wolf Entertainment/A&E four-part documentary based on the years she spent talking with Rader. Ramsland consults on death investigations, pens a blog for Psychology Today, and is currently writing a fiction series based on a female forensic psychologist who manages a private investigation agency. In the Damage Path is book #2.

Tracy Ullman, not the comedienne, is a documentary producer, director, and writer living in Chicago. She has produced dozens of non-fiction television programs for Discovery Networks, Oxygen, AETN Networks, and PBS. Her most recent production is a six-part limited documentary series about serial murderer John Wayne Gacy and the new discoveries made in his case for NBC’s Peacock streaming service.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


Q&A with Author Lucy Gilmore on "The Library of Borrowed Hearts"

Wednesday, June 26th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

We all know the transformative power of books and how they can help us connect with those around us. Lucy Gilmore  will discuss her book The Library of Borrowed Hearts (the follow-up to her wonderful The Lonely Hearts Book Club). We'll be chatting about these uplifting, heartwarming novels which are about some of our favorite things - friendship, books, and how important it is to find the family you were always meant to have. 

Librarian Chloe Sampson has been struggling: to take care of her three younger siblings, to find herself, to make ends meet. She’s just about at the end of her rope when she stumbles across a rare edition of a book from the 1960s at the local flea market. Deciding it’s a sign of her luck turning, she takes it home with her—only to be shocked when her cranky hermit of a neighbor swoops in and offers to buy it for an exorbitant price. Intrigued, Chloe takes a closer look at the book only to find notes scribbled in the margins between two young lovers back when the book was new…one of whom is almost definitely Jasper Holmes, the curmudgeon next door. 

And when she begins following the clues left behind, she discovers this isn’t the only old book in town filled with their romantic marginalia. 

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library. This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.