Book Talk Webinars

A Test for Our Time: Crisis Leadership in the Next Normal
Originally aired on March 2, 2023
Presented by Allen Plummer M.B.A. '06 and Stephen Tang ’82

Almost every day we hear stories about people who have accomplished extraordinary things in their lives. What we may not realize is how often these people started out in mundane ways, seeming unlikely to succeed. Allen Plummer M.B.A. '06 leads an informal Q&A conversation with Stephen Tang ’82 as he shares his advice and expertise on how to overcome crises, motivate others and be collaborative and innovative in today’s hybrid workplace.

This session focuses on the following NACE Career Competencies: Critical Thinking, Communication, Equity & Inclusion, leadership, and Professionalism


Alumni Author Book Talk with Kate Reed Petty ’06
Originally aired on July 8, 2021
Presented by Kate Reed Petty ’06

Join W&M Libraries and Kate Reed Petty ’06, author of “True Story,” a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and a new middle-grade graphic novel, “The Leak.” Kate discusses her work and answers questions from the audience.

Alumni Author Book Talk with Amanda Foody ’15
Originally aired on April 29, 2021
Presented by Amanda Foody ’15

Join us for a virtual book talk with Amanda Foody ’16, author of "The Shadow Games" series. She discusses her newest book, "Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice," and answers questions from the audience.

Alumni Author Book Talk with Sarah Glosson ’98, MA ’09, Ph.D ’15
Originally aired on March 11, 2021
Presented by Sarah Glosson ’98, MA ’09, Ph.D ’15

In her book, Sarah Glosson ’98, MA ’09, Ph.D ’15 examines the long history of Jane Austen fans engaging with her work, from wearing hand-sewn bonnets to writing fanfiction. Glosson discusses her book and takes questions from the audience.

Alumni Author Book Talk with Michael P. Branch ’85
Originally aired on November 12, 2020
Presented by Michael P. Branch ’85

Mike Branch ’85 is a writer, humorist, environmentalist, father, and desert rat who lives with his wife and two young daughters in the western Great Basin Desert. His work includes nine published books, one of which is the Pulitzer Prize-nominated "John Muir’s Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa" (Island Press). He has four recent books: "Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness" (Shambhala / Roost Books, 2016), "Rants from the Hill: On Packrats, Bobcats, Wildfires, Curmudgeons, a Drunken Mary Kay Lady, and Other Encounters with the Wild in the High Desert" (Shambhala / Roost Books, 2017), and "‘The Best Read Naturalist’: Nature Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson" (co-edited with Clinton Mohs, University of Virginia Press, 2017), and "How to Cuss in Western" (Shambhala / Roost Books, 2018).

Fall Alumni Book Talk with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle ’03
Originally aired on October 20, 2020
Presented by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle ’03

Alumni, parents, family, friends and book lovers join author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle ’03 for a discussion of her book "Even as We Breathe." The event was moderated by Carrie Cooper, dean of university libraries.

Invisible Racism: Alumni Author Conversation
Originally aired on October 7, 2020
Presented by Tamara Lucas Copeland ’73 and Viola Osborne Baskerville ’73

Take part in a discussion with Tamara Lucas Copeland ’73, author of “Daughters of the Dream: Eight Girls from Richmond who Grew up in the Civil Rights Era.”

Fall Book Talk with Fiona Davis ’88
Originally aired on September 16, 2020
Presented by Fiona Davis ’88

Alumni, parents, family, friends and book lovers join author Fiona Davis ’88 for a reading and discussion of her book "The Lions of Fifth Avenue."