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 2021 and more than 500 virtual events under our belt, now archived for your viewing pleasure. Scroll through some of these recordings and you’ll find more than 18 months’ 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!


How to Live. What to Do: An Afternoon with Josh Cohen and Nuar Alsadir


Event Date: November 7, 2021

Focusing on some of the best-known characters in all of literature–chosen to trace the arc from childhood to old age– psychoanalyst and professor of literature Josh Cohen shows h…

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Midnight in Washington: An Evening with Adam Schiff and Valerie Jarrett


Event Date: November 4, 2021

From the congressman who led the first impeachment of Donald J. Trump, the vital inside account of American democracy in its darkest hour, and a warning that the forces of autocrac…

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Carry the Dog: An Evening with Stephanie Gangi and Meg Waite Clayton


Event Date: November 2, 2021

Stephanie Gangi is a poet, essayist, and novelist; “Carry the Dog” reverberates with rock and roll, and truths about the human condition of a late-blooming feminist. She spoke with…

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Caribeños at the Table: An Evening with Melissa Fuster


Event Date: November 1, 2021

Melissa Fuster thinks expansively about the multiple meanings of comida, food, from something as simple as a meal to something as complex as one’s identity. Presented in partnershi…

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The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess: An Evening with Andy Marino and Craig DiLouie


Event Date: October 28, 2021

Andy Marino discusses his first horror novel, “The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess” with acclaimed American-Canadian author of literary dark fantasy and other fiction Craig DiL…

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Correctional: An Evening with Ravi Shankar & Jaswinder Bolina


Event Date: October 26, 2021

Ravi Shankar’s bold and complex self-portrait—and portrait of America—challenges us to rethink our complicity in the criminal justice system and mental health policies that perpetu…

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Little Pieces of Hope: A Virtual Evening with Todd Doughty & Helen Ellis


Event Date: October 25, 2021

An enchanting collection of lists, musings, prompts, and illustrations that will inspire you to cherish all of the things—from the extraordinary to the everyday, from the big to th…

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The Plant Hunter: An Evening with Cassandra Quave and Mark Plotkin


Event Date: October 22, 2021

A leading medical ethnobotanist, Dr. Cassandra Quave tells us the story of her quest to develop new ways to fight illness and disease through the healing powers of plants in this u…

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Flesh & Blood: An Afternoon with N. West Moss and Theresa Brown


Event Date: October 22, 2021

A remarkable memoir that breaks the silence about infertility—and will resonate with millions of women. N. West Moss spoke to Theresa Brown about FLESH & BLOOD

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Purity Culture and Sex Positivity in Young Adult Novels: A Panel


Event Date: October 21, 2021

Best-selling YA authors Erin Hahn, Ashley Schumacher, and Raquel Vasquez Gilliland came together on screen for an exciting conversation exploring the intersection of purity culture…

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I AM Series: An Evening with Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos


Event Date: October 20, 2021

The latest installment in the exceptional I AM series, I AM OPRAH WINFREY is the twenty-fifth hero highlighted in this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series! Aut…

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Oh William!: An Evening with Elizabeth Strout and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney


Event Date: October 18, 2021

Books & Books, Harvard Book Store and Politics & Prose came together to present a conversation between Elizabeth Strout and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Pulitzer Prize winner E…

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