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The Washington Library's Digital Book Talk series features LIVE conversations with leading historians and scholars of early America. Please join us each week 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

Tuesday, June 9 at 7 p.m. Mary Beth Norton

Join Historian Mary Beth Norton as she discusses her latest book, 1774: The Long Year of Revolution with Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Washington Library.

Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. 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.

Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. Jamie L. H. Goodall

Historian Jamie L. Goodall will discuss her new book, Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay with Washington Library's Jim Ambuske. 

Tuesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. Martha Saxton, Craig Shirley, Charlene Boyer Lewis, and Karin Wulf

This year, the Annual Martha Washington Lecture will focus on Mary Ball Washington, George Washington's mother. Historians Martha Saxton, Craig Shirley, and Charlene Boyer Lewis will discuss their recent biographies of Mary Ball Washington and their research into 18th-century women in a conversation moderated by Karin Wulf.

Past Talks

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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