Book to Action: In Conversation with Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb headshot and book cover for May 26 event

Please join us for a very special conversation with Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, nationally recognized journalist, and weekly “Dear Therapist” columnist for The Atlantic.  In collaboration with participating libraries, this grant-funded virtual conversation for the California community will take place Wednesday, May 26 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  Led by Lori Gottlieb, we will explore and discuss how we can make change in ourselves and our communities.

This conversation is part of the Book to Action 2021 initiative, which tackles important issues in the community and encourages reading, community discussion, and action. The Big Three themes that libraries and communities are focused on in 2021 are Equity, Sustainability, and Health.

About Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which has sold over a million copies and is currently being adapted as a television series. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and is co-host of the popular “Dear Therapists” podcast produced by Katie Couric. She contributes regularly to The New York Times and many other publications and in 2019, her TED Talk was one of the Top 10 Most Watched of the Year. A member of the Advisory Council for Bring Change to Mind, she is a sought-after expert in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Learn more at or by following her on Twitter @LoriGottlieb1 and Instagram @lorigottlieb_author.

About Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

A disarmingly funny, thought-provoking, and boldly revealing new book that shows us what it means to be human. Now being developed as a television series.

  • “An irresistibly addictive tour of the human condition.”- Kirkus, starred review
  • An O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
  • An NPR Favorite Book of the Year
  • Learn more about Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and check your local library for print and digital copies

Event Details: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Community members will be welcomed by Lena Pham of the California State Library. Led by Lori Gottlieb, we will will explore and discuss how we can make change in ourselves and our communities.

Jon Andersen

Lori will be joined  in conversation by Jon Andersen of Ontario City Library. Jon is a 20-year Southern California library employee.  He is currently Supervising Librarian overseeing Adult Services and Computer & Technology Services for the Ontario City Library.  He has a BA in Psychology from California State University Fullerton, and a MLIS from San Jose State University.

Community members may contribute to the conversation via Zoom webinar chat. Chat will be moderated by Arsine Ansryan, Community Connections – Adult Services at Burbank Public Library and Laura McMahon, Reader Engagement Librarian at Burbank Public Library.

Closed captioning / live transcripts will be available. The event will not be recorded. We hope you join us live!

Register for the conversation with Lori Gottlieb.


Event Support

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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Book to Action 2021 Ontario with Lori

Book to Action 2021 Ontario