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!


A Virtual Evening with Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro on THE HALF KNOWN LIFE


Event Date: January 30, 2023

Books & Books, Politics & Prose, Elliott Bay Book Company and Miami Book Fair were excited to present an evening with author Pico Iyer, for his latest book ‘The Half Known…

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The Democracy Book Club: Helping Ukrainian Books and Booksellers (HUBB)


Event Date: January 28, 2023

“Watching the devastation in Ukraine is heartbreaking. The bookselling and publishing community there has been devastated. I, along with a group of concerned literary friends, Asko…

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Bloodbath Nation: A Virtual Evening with Paul Auster and Spencer Ostrander


Event Date: January 26, 2023

BLOODBATH NATION is powerfully illustrated with over forty original black and white photographs of abandoned sites of mass shootings by Spencer Ostrander. A portion of the proceeds…

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THEY COME AT KNIGHT: A Virtual Evening with Yasmin Angoe & Oline Cogdill


Event Date: January 25, 2023

Yasmin Angoe’s ‘They Come at Knight’ is the heart-pounding second installment in the Nena Knight series about an intrepid female assassin who will stop at nothing to protect her fa…

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RETRO: A Virtual Evening with Jarrod Shusterman & Sofía Lapuente


Event Date: January 24, 2023

What starts off as a light-hearted competition to live without modern technology for a year turns into a fight for survival in this unputdownable young adult thriller by New York T…

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The Democracy Book Club: The Military & Politics: A Threat to Our Democracy?


Event Date: December 10, 2022

Writers for Democratic Action and Democracy Book Club presents an Evening with Phil Klay, Tony Schwalm, & Elliot Ackerman, moderated by Jacki Lyden discussing the politicizatio…

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What Does the Election Mean for Democracy? EJ Dionne, Nancy Rosenblum, Stuart Stevens & Jo-Ann Mort


Event Date: November 15, 2022

A conversation to decipher what happened, where we go from here, and what are the perils and possibilities for our democracy. Book the Vote is a national drive bringing together re…

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Dawnlands: A Virtual Evening with Philippa Gregory and Silvia Licha


Event Date: November 9, 2022

Philippa Gregory is the author of many New York Times bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Many of her works have…

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We Take Our Cities with Us: An Evening with Sorayya Khan & Lily King


Event Date: November 7, 2022

After her Dutch mother’s death, Sorayya Khan confronts her grief by revisiting their relationship, her parents’ lives, and her own Pakistani-Dutch heritage in a multicultural memoi…

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Waking Beauty: A Virtual Afternoon with Rebecca Solnit & Donna Seaman


Event Date: November 6, 2022

Expanding, transforming, and subverting the magical tale of Sleeping Beauty, Rebecca Solnit revitalizes this classic story with a new perspective: Maya, the sister who stayed awake…

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Digital Lethargy: An Evening with Tung-Hui Hu and Kate Crawford


Event Date: November 2, 2022

Hu explores digital lethargy through a series of works by contemporary artists, writers, and performers. These works dwell within the ordinariness and even banality of digital life…

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The Architecture of Suspense: A Haunted Lunch with Christine Madrid French


Event Date: October 28, 2022

The Architecture of Suspense is the first book to document how great architectural minds found expression in Hitchcock’s films and how the director used their talents and his own u…

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