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!


A Virtual Evening with James McBride and Jason Reynolds


Event Date: June 30, 2020

On June 30, 2020, James McBride was joined in conversation by Jason Reynolds via Books & Books! McBride’s book DEACON KING KONG is on everyone’s radar; he was a recent guest on #Th…

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John Grisham Chats with Mitchell Kaplan on Books & Books IG Live


Event Date: June 28, 2020

John Grisham and Mitchell Kaplan on CAMINO WINDS The best-selling thriller writer, John Grisham talked to Books & Books owner Mitchell Kaplan about indie bookstores, stone crab…

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A Virtual Evening with Curtis Sittenfeld and Jia Tolentino


Event Date: June 26, 2020

New York Times bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld brings her incredible talent to bear as she taps into the very unknowable mind and heart of a very well-known person in her new…

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A Virtual Evening with John Perkins


Event Date: June 25, 2020

When John Perkins was a young Peace Corps volunteer, his life was saved by an Amazonian shaman who taught him to “touch the jaguar”–to transform his fears into positive action. Lis…

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A Virtual Evening with Megha Majumdar and Lauren Groff


Event Date: June 24, 2020

“Fate has rarely been so many-faced, so muscular, so mercurial, or so mesmerizing as it is in A BURNING.”—Susan Choi, New York Times Books A BURNING is one of the most talked about…

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A Virtual Evening with Marisel Vera and Tayari Jones


Event Date: June 23, 2020

Marisel Vera emerges as a major voice of contemporary fiction with a heart- wrenching novel set in Puerto Rico on the eve of the Spanish-American War. Vera discussed her sprawling…

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A Virtual Evening with Jewell Parker Rhodes & Kelly McWilliams


Event Date: June 22, 2020

Jewell Parker Rhodes & Kelly McWilliams virtually joined us on June 22, 2020 to discuss their news books BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER and AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD.  …

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A Virtual Evening with Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Edwidge Danticat


Event Date: June 20, 2020

“Radiantly elegiac, this hybrid work of poetry and photographs is one we all need for living, loving, and letting go,” says Edwidge Danticat of Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ new book SEE…

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A Virtual Happy Hour with Emily Giffin and Jana Kramer


Event Date: June 19, 2020

On June 19, 2020 we enjoyed Friday night happy hour complete with a book talk to celebrate the publication of Giffin’s newest novel! “The Lies That Bind” is a mesmerizing and emoti…

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A Virtual Evening with David Litt


Event Date: June 18, 2020

NYT bestselling author, and former Barack Obama speechwriter, David Litt is discussed DEMOCRACY IN ONE BOOK OR LESS with Fred Guttenberg on June 18. “I’m so excited for this conver…

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A Virtual Evening with Neal Pollack & Rick Moody


Event Date: June 17, 2020

A three-time Jeopardy! Champion and former correspondent for Cannabist, Neal Pollack sat down *virtually* on June 17 with author Rick Moody to talk about his poignantly funny accou…

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A Virtual Evening with Brit Bennett and Angela Flournoy


Event Date: June 15, 2020

We were so excited to *virtually* host Brit Bennett in conversation with Angela Flournoy on Monday, June 15th for the book the NYTimes calls an “ambitious meditation on race and id…

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