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!

Microjoys: A Virtual Evening with Cyndie Spiegel & Jennifer Pastiloff

Event Date: March 7, 2023

Microjoys are a practice of uncovering joy and finding hope at any moment. They are accessible to everyone, despite all else. When we hone the ability to look for them, they are al…

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Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age A Virtual Evening with Katherine May & Priya Parker

Event Date: March 6, 2023

Blending lyricism and storytelling, sensitivity and empathy, Enchantment invites each of us to open the door to human experience in all its sensual complexity, and to find the beau…

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Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Virtual Afternoon with Cristina Rivera Garza

Event Date: March 5, 2023

In luminous, poetic prose, Cristina Rivera Garza tells a singular yet universally resonant story: that of a spirited, wondrously hopeful young woman who tried to survive in a world…

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WDA presents The Democracy Book Club: An Evening with Michael Tomasky, Jacki Lyden, and Jo-Ann Mort

Event Date: February 28, 2023

Can the US avoid fiscal and political catastrophe in the weeks ahead, when the debt ceiling and budget must be approved? As Republicans replace policy with disruption, there’s litt…

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A Virtual Evening with Rebecca Makkai & Julia Whelan

Event Date: February 27, 2023

Pulitzer Prize finalist, Rebecca Makkai, discusses her latest book: I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU. Books & Books, The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Prairie Lights Books, and Print…

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Dyscalculia: A Virtual Evening with Camonghne Felix, Deesha Philyaw & Kiese Laymon

Event Date: February 16, 2023

An epic meditation on loving yourself in the face of heartbreak, from the acclaimed author of “Build Yourself a Boat”, longlisted for the National Book Award; “Dyscalculia” negotia…

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Acting Naturally: A Virtual Evening with David Thomson & Mark Feeney

Event Date: February 15, 2023

From the celebrated film critic and author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, a fascinating look at some of the cinema’s finest actors and how they approach their craft. M…

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AWE: A Virtual Evening with Dacher Keltner & Scott Rogers

Event Date: February 13, 2023

From a foremost expert on the science of emotions and consultant to Pixar’s Inside Out, a groundbreaking and essential exploration into the history, science, and greater understand…

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ESSEX DOGS: A Virtual Afternoon with Dan Jones & Dana Schwartz

Event Date: February 12, 2023

Rooted in historical accuracy and told through an unforgettable cast, ESSEX DOGS delivers the stark reality of medieval war on the ground – and shines a light on the fighters and o…

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OUR SHARE OF NIGHT| A Virtual Evening with Mariana Enriquez & Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Event Date: February 9, 2023

Moving back and forth in time, from London in the swinging 1960s to the brutal years of Argentina’s military dictatorship and its turbulent aftermath, Our Share of Night is a novel…

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WHAT NAPOLEON COULD NOT DO : A Virtual Evening with DK Nnuro

Event Date: February 7, 2023

America seen through the eyes and ambitions of three characters with ties to Africa in this gripping novel. Presented by Books & Books and Politics & Prose.

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TWENTY DOLLARS AND CHANGE: A Virtual Evening with Clarence Lusane & Lissa Jones-Lofgren

Event Date: February 6, 2023

In Twenty Dollars and Change, political scientist Clarence Lusane, author of the acclaimed The Black History of the White House, writes from a basic premise: Racist historical narr…

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