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July 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm

Anxious People: A Virtual Lunch with Fredrik Backman


July 23, 2021
1:00 pm



Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present

A Virtual Lunch with


discussing the paperback release of

Anxious People: A Novel

(Simon & Schudter, $17)

Friday, July 23, 1pm ET | Live via Crowdcast



“Anxious People” is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope…

Tickets start at $5 (+ tax and fee)and includes a $5 OFF online only discount code toward your purchase at booksandbooks.com. We’ll also have a ticket/book bundle option that includes a copy of Anxious People for $17 + tax/fee + shipping.

Once you make your purchase, we will send you a private link and password to access the event. See below for detailed information on tickets.

About the Book:

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller, the new novel from the author of A Man Called Ove is a “quirky, big-hearted novel….Wry, wise and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure” (People).

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises, these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Proving once again that Backman is “a master of writing delightful, insightful, soulful, character-driven narratives” (USA TODAY), Anxious People “captures the messy essence of being human….It’s clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry” (The Washington Post). This “endlessly entertaining mood-booster” (Real Simple) is proof that the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope can save us—even in the most anxious of times.

About the Author:

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You,and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand and on Instagram @Backmansk.

About the Moderator:

Born in Gostyn, Poland, Angelika Diaz ( Kika) arrived in Miami with her younger brother in 2006. Kika attended elementary, junior, and senior high school in The City beautiful of Coral Gables. Kika received her Associate of Arts Degree in psychology from Miami Dade College and will further her education at Florida International University this fall.

For Kika, reading is a way of escaping reality which takes her to different dimensions. The more she reads, the more she enjoys and gains from it. She loves coffee and reading, so she named her Instagram page, Joe n literature. Kika has been working at Books and Books for over four years. Kika says, being a bookseller is a rewarding experience, especially when interacting with customers of all ages. Working in a corporate office challenges her to navigate different communication styles while staying organized, and learning new tasks and skills in the office environment.

Once you have registered here on Eventbrite, you will receive an email from us via Eventbrite and/or Crowdcast approximately 24 hours before the event starts with a unique link and password for you to join.

Ticket Guidelines:

  • Tier 1: U.S. GENERAL ADMISSION (Includes book and shipping for U.S. Customers): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of Anxious People (Simon & Schuster, $17). Please note that a fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book. Tax and fee applied.

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number.

  • Tier 2: GENERAL ADMISSION: The purchase of this ticket option admits (1) one person into the virtual event but does NOT include a copy of the book. Ticket holders who purchase a tier 2 ticket will receive a $5 OFF online only discount code towards any book purchase on www.booksandbooks.com. Tax and fee applied.

Located Overseas?

  • Tier 3: INTERNATIONAL ADMISSION (Includes Book + Shipping): The purchase of this ticket includes access to the virtual conversation as well as one (1) copy of the book, Anxious People (Simon & Schuster, $17). Tax and fee applied.

**Please Note: This option includes a flat rate international shipping fee of $25 USD for all overseas orders. Due to the pandemic, delivery timelines will vary. Please be advised that we cannot guarantee when you will receive the book, and we thank you for your understanding.

If you are located outside of the U.S and purchased a Tier 1 ticket, you will be required to pay the difference in shipping via PayPal BEFORE we can processed your shipment.

All books will be shipped AFTER the event.

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number.

Please note: Due to the pandemic the post office is being challenged by increased volume, staffing issues, and safety measures. Most orders within the U.S. deliver in about 10 business days from the date the book ships. International orders usually take longer and vary depending on the country of destination. We cannot guarantee the exact date of delivery, however, will do our best to make it as swift as possible. Thank you for your understanding.


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