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!


Songs in Ursa Major: A Virtual Evening with Emma Brodie and Katherine Heiny


Event Date: June 23, 2021

Shot through with the lyrics, the icons, the lore, the adrenaline of the early 70s music scene, “Songs in Ursa Major” pulses with romantic longing and asks the question so many fem…

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All the Water I’ve Seen Is Running: A Virtual Evening with Elias Rodriques and Diana Abu-Jaber


Event Date: June 22, 2021

First-time author Elias Rodriques is talking about ALL THE WATER I’VE SEEN IS RUNNING, a novel wrapping friendship, death, racism & sexuality into one compelling story. Recorde…

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The Brittanys: A Virtual Evening with Brittany Ackerman and Kimberly King Parsons


Event Date: June 18, 2021

Can you ever have too many Brittanys? Author Brittany Ackerman doesn’t think so, there are five in her debut novel! She speaks with fellow author Kimberly King Parsons in this grea…

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Heartwood: A Virtual Afternoon with Barbara Becker and Jonathan Haidt


Event Date: June 17, 2021

“We can do extraordinary things when we lead with love,” Barbara Becker reminds us in her debut memoir HEARTWOOD. With life-affirming prose, Becker helps us see that that grief is…

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The Outlier: A Virtual Evening with Kai Bird and Douglas Brinkley


Event Date: June 17, 2021

We’re taking it back to Jimmy Carter’s presidential era with Kai Bird, author of the upcoming Carter biography THE OUTLIER, who is joined by history whiz Douglas Brinkley. Recorded…

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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams: A Virtual Evening with Richard Flanagan and Mitchell Kaplan


Event Date: June 16, 2021

THE LIVING SEA OF WAKING DREAMS is a thrilling elegy hailed as Australian writer Richard Flanagan’s best book yet! Whether you’ve already read his books, or are looking for your ne…

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After the Fall: A Virtual Evening with Ben Rhodes and Jon Meacham


Event Date: June 12, 2021

Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? And what can we do about it? A former White House aide and close confidant to President Barack Obama—and the New Yor…

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An Especially Good View: A Virtual Event with Peter L. W. Osnos and Evan Osnos


Event Date: June 11, 2021

Get to know Peter Osnos! The acclaimed journalist, founder of the publishing house PublicAffairs and a former publisher of the Times Books imprint at Random House, now turned book…

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Finding the Mother Tree: A Virtual Evening with Suzanne Simard and Hamilton Cain


Event Date: June 9, 2021

From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest–a moving, deeply…

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Phase Six: A Virtual Evening with Jim Shepard and Margot Livesey


Event Date: June 8, 2021

In PHASE SIX, author Jim Shepard tells a story of a fictional pandemic…all written & published before Covid-19 even existed! Learn more about Jim & his new book as he sit…

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The Window Seat: A Virtual Evening with Aminatta Forna and John Freeman


Event Date: June 7, 2021

Aminatta Forna is one of our most important literary voices, and her novels have won the Windham Campbell Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. THE WINDOW SEAT i…

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Diary of a Young Naturalist: A Virtual Morning with Dara McAnulty & Christine Rupp


Event Date: June 6, 2021

Teenaged world-renowned environmental activist & author, Dara McAnulty is here to tell us about his powerful memoir, DIARY OF A YOUNG NATURALIST. Winner of the Wainwright Prize…

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