Virtual Events

It was March 18, 2020 when Books & Books first locked down and closed our doors temporarily during the quarantine of the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost immediately, independent bookstores everywhere were turning to new technologies to quickly learn how to bring authors online on various livestreaming platforms. In late April, Books & Books launched a virtual author series of ongoing conversations in the midst of a brand-new virtual landscape. Fast forward to 2022 and more than 700 virtual events under our belt, now archived for your viewing pleasure. Scroll through some of these recordings and you’ll find more than 2 years’ worth of fascinating conversations in support of many of the important books published during a truly historic and unprecedented time. Follow us on Crowdcast and be the first to know of new events and pairings. You can stay up to date by subscribing to our newsletter, too. We are so grateful for your support and patronage, thank you!


The Garden of Broken Things: A Virtual Evening with Francesca Momplaisir & Edwidge Danticat


Event Date: May 19, 2022

From the acclaimed author who has been compared to Toni Morrison comes a haunting and astonishing story of restoration and disaster, motherhood, and the bonds that carry through ge…

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Siren Queen: An Evening with Nghi Vo and Rebecca Roanhorse


Event Date: May 18, 2022

“Siren Queen” offers up an enthralling exploration of an outsider achieving stardom on her own terms, in a fantastical Hollywood where the monsters are real and the magic of the si…

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Uncertain Ground: An Evening with Phil Klay and Kori Schake


Event Date: May 17, 2022

The chasm between the military and the civilian in American life, and the moral blind spot it has created, is one of the great themes of “Uncertain Ground”, Phil Klay’s powerful se…

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An Evening with Nina Moreno & Courtney Lovett


Event Date: May 17, 2022

This humorous and heartfelt middle-grade debut by Nina Moreno with illustrations by Courtney Lovett is perfect for fans of Celia C. Pérez and Terri Libenson, and any reader still d…

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An Evening with Maggie Shipstead and Elin Hilderbrand


Event Date: May 16, 2022

From the Booker Prize nominee and New York Times best-selling author of “Great Circle”, Maggie Shipstead delivers a piercing, irresistible first collection of short stories exquisi…

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The Life and Death of a Minke Whale in the Amazon: An Evening with Fabio Zuker & Ezra E. Fitz


Event Date: May 12, 2022

In these essays, Zuker shares intimate stories of life in the rainforest and its surrounding cities during an age of raging wildfires, mass migration, populist politics, and increa…

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Land of Women: An Afternoon with María Sánchez & Curtis Bauer


Event Date: May 11, 2022

Part memoir and part rural feminist manifesto, Land of Women acknowledges the sacrifices of Sánchez’s female ancestors who enabled her to become the woman she is. A bestseller in S…

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Serenade: An Afternoon with Toni Bentley, Lourdes Lopez & Steven Caras


Event Date: May 9, 2022

Toni Bentley, a dancer for George Balanchine, the greatest ballet maker of the 20th century, tells the story of Serenade, his iconic masterpiece, and what it was like to dance—and…

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Ripe: An Afternoon with Negesti Kaudo and Kristen Elias Rowley


Event Date: May 6, 2022

“Emotional range without consequence,” Negesti Kaudo writes in her debut collection, Ripe, is a privilege of whiteness. In these essays, she fights back, exhorting readers to follo…

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Fly Girl: An Evening with Ann Hood & Laura Lippman


Event Date: May 5, 2022

An entertaining and fascinating memoir of “gifted storyteller” (People) Ann Hood’s adventurous years as a TWA flight attendant. As the airline industry changed around her, Hood beg…

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La revancha de los poderosos: Una Tarde Virtual con Moisés Naím y César Miguel Rondón


Event Date: May 4, 2022

Un libro para entender cómo se obtiene, se usa, se abusa y se pierde el poder en el siglo XXI. En todo el mundo, las democracias se enfrentan a un enemigo nuevo e implacable que no…

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All the Lovers in the Night: An Evening with Mieko Kawakami and Kali Fajardo-Anstine


Event Date: May 3, 2022

Bestselling author of “Breasts and Eggs” Mieko Kawakami invites readers back into her immediately recognizable fictional world with this new, extraordinary novel and demonstrates y…

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