The Washington Library's Digital Book Talk series features LIVE conversations with leading historians and scholars of early America. Please join us for fascinating discussions about the past and for your opportunity to ask our guests questions about their work.

Approximately one week before each lecture, YouTube links will be posted to this page. You can also join us live on Facebook and Twitter. All times are shown in Eastern Time.

Upcoming Talks

Thursday, August 13 at 7 pm ET: Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

Dr. Stephanie Jones-Rogers will discuss her recent book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South during this Ford Evening Book Talk.

Thursday, August 27 at 2 pm ET: Frank Cogliano

Dr. Frank Cogliano of the University of Edinburgh will discuss his project exploring the complicated relationship between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. This event is co-sponsored by the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.

Past Talks

Laura Sandy


Dr. Laura Sandy will discuss her new book, The Overseers of Early American Slavery. This event is co-sponsored by the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.

Jessica Lowe


Dr. Jessica Lowe will discuss her book Murder in the Shenandoah: Making Law Sovereign in Revolutionary Virginia.

Arthur Burns and Zara Anishanslin


Arthur Burns and Zara Anishanslin will talk about their experiences with the Georgian Papers Programme.

Douglas Ginsburg and David Rubenstein


Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg will discuss his new book Voices of our Republic with noted philanthropist David M. Rubenstein during this Ford Evening Book Talk.

Remembering and Rediscovering Mary Ball Washington


The Annual Martha Washington Lecture will focus on Mary Ball Washington. Join Martha Saxton, Craig Shirley, and Charlene Boyer Lewis in a conversation moderated by Karin Wulf. Sponsored by the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation

Jamie Goodall


Dr. Jamie Goodall will discuss her new book, Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars.

Lindsay Chervinksy


Historian Lindsay Chervinksy will discuss her new book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution with Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Washington Library during this Ford Evening Book Talk.

Paul Gilje


Professor Paul Gilje and Kevin Butterfield will discuss "Street Protests in America from the Founding to Today".

Mary Beth Norton


Join Historian Mary Beth Norton live as she discusses her latest book, 1774: The Long Year of Revolution .

Ryan Manion, Heather Kelly, and Amy Looney Heffernan


Join authors Ryan Manion, Heather Kelly, and Amy Looney Heffernan as they discuss their book The Knock at the Door: Three Gold Star Families Bonded by Grief and Purpose. This Ford Evening Book Talk will feature a discussion with General John F. Kelly, U.S.M.C. (RET) and will be moderated by journalist Mary Katharine Ham.

Vincent Brown


Join author Vincent Brown live as he discusses his new book, Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War.

T.H. Breen


Join author T.H. Breen as he discusses his book, The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America with Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Washington Library in our third and final lecture of the 2020 Michelle Smith Lecture Series.

Colin Calloway


Join author Colin Calloway live as he discusses his book, The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation.

Sara Georgini


Join author Sara Georgini live as she discusses her book, Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family.

Stephen Fried


Join author Stephen Fried as he discusses his book, Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father.

Serena Zabin


Join author Serena Zabin live as she discusses her book, The Boston Massacre: A Family History.

Matthew Costello


Author Matthew Costello discusses his book, The Property of the Nation: George Washington's Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President.

Edward J. Larson


Larson discusses his book, Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership in our second lecture in the Washington Library’s 2020 Michelle Smith Lecture Series.

Alexis Coe


New York Times Bestselling Author of "You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington," discusses the many diseases George Washington endured during his lifetime.

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