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June 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Virtual Evening with Stephanie McNeal & Grace Atwood


Books & Books


June 13, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Books & Books presents

A Virtual Evening with


in conversation with



Swipe Up for More!: Inside the Unfiltered Lives of Influencers

(Portfolio, $29.00)

Tuesday, June 13th, 2023, 7 PM ET


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Stephanie McNeal & Grace Atwood discussing Swipe Up for More!: Inside the Unfiltered Lives of Influencers (Portfolio, $29.00).

About the Book: 

An unfiltered, colorful romp through the IRL world of influencers that spills the tea on the multi-billion dollar industry of content creation.

If you’re anything like journalist Stephanie McNeal—aka, a millennial woman—you spend hours every day indulging in Instagram’s infinite scroll. The influencers on the platform aren’t just providing eye candy; these tastemakers impact how we cook, consume, parent, decorate, think, and live. But what exactly is going on behind the curtain of the perfectly curated Instagram grids we look to the most?

Through intimate, funny, and vulnerable reporting, McNeal takes us through the looking glass and into the secretive real world of influencers. Given unprecedented access to three major influencers—fashion and lifestyle juggernaut Caitlin Covington of Southern Curls and Pearls, runner and advocate Mirna Valerio, and OG “mommy blogger” Shannon Bird— Swipe Up For More! is based on three years of fly-on-the-wall reporting as they build their empires, struggle with the haters and snarkers, fight for creative control from the tech platforms that enable their businesses, parent in public, and try to look good while doing it.

Along the way, McNeal answers burning questions, like: why are there so many Mormon mommy influencers? What is it like to work for a popular influencer? What do they do with all the free swag? How do brand partnerships work? And how much money do they really make?

Irresistible, juicy, and voyeuristic, Swipe Up For More! reveals all about the women some love to hate (and many actually, secretly, genuinely love).


About the Author:

Stephanie McNeal is a senior editor at Glamour. She is an alumna of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, where she received her BA in broadcast and digital journalism with a double major in international relations. She is originally from San Diego, California, but now resides in New York with her husband, daughter, and cat.

About the Moderator:

Grace Atwood is the founder + voice behind The Stripe. Grace is currently based in Charleston, South Carolina after 15 years in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She grew up on Cape Cod, which she credits for her love of the ocean (and probably a nautical stripe or two). The blog began in January of 2010 (originally Stripes & Sequins), born out of a love of fashion, beauty, and making.