Graphic novelist Stephan Pastis, author of the “Timmy Failure” series, presents a program in the Center for the Book’s Young Readers Center

September 2020

September 1–6

  • September 1-15
    West Virginia Center for the Book
    Roadmap to Reading Virtual Book Chat: Join in September 1-15, 2020, to discuss this year’s Roadmap to Reading virtual book chat selection, “Free Verse” by Sarah Dooley.
  • September 1, 2 PM EDT
    Indiana Center for the Book
    Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00 Series: Nathan Barnes: Join the Indiana Center for the Book to watch our chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, interview Indiana author Nathan Barnes (“Make a Believer Out of Me”) via the Indiana State Library's Facebook page.
  • September 1, 7 PM EDT (6 PM CDT)
    North Dakota Center for the Book
    Media Literacy: Political Rhetoric and Public Deliberation: Focusing on the 2020 presidential campaign (e.g., political advertisements, campaign rallies, presidential debates), this course explores the relationship between political rhetoric and public deliberation. This class will meet every Tuesday (6-8 PM CDT) and Wednesday (6-7 PM CDT) Sept. 1, 2, 8, 9,15,16, 22, 23, 29, 30, Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21. Register for the course via Eventbrite.
  • September 3, 7:30 PM EDT (6:30 PM CDT)
    North Dakota Center for the Book
    Racial Healing: From Awareness to Action: A consecutive series of four weekly 2-hour gatherings for attendees to gain personal knowledge and build community around their accountabilities and response-abilities for racial healing. This course will meet on Thursdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 6:30-8:30 PM CDT. Register for the course via Eventbrite.
  • September 4, 2:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival presented by Emory University is proud to feature 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner Jericho Brown as this year’s Keynote speaker. In conversation with festival board president, Mathwon Howard. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 4, 5 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 Decatur Short Docs Film Festival/Decatur Book Festival: DECATUR SHORT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL is a Decatur/Atlanta-based festival series showcasing short documentaries about people and places primarily in the South and benefits filmmakers by providing a platform to showcase their work. Our first feature is “Lillian Smith: Breaking The Silence” directed by Hal and Henry Jacobs. Register to watch on Eventbrite.
  • September 5, 10 AM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival Kidnote: In their multi-award winning book, “Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut,” authors Derrick Barnes and Gordon James offer a kid’s eye view of a day in the life of a barbershop. Barnes and James team up again with “I Am Every Good Thing,” a timely, important, and uplifting picture book that celebrates Black boys everywhere! Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 6, 2 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    Lillian Smith Book Awards at the 2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: The Lillian Smith Book Awards honors authors who carry on Smith’s legacy by fostering equality, justice and understanding.The Lillian Smith Book Awards are sponsored by the Southern Regional Council, University of Georgia Libraries, DeKalb County Public Library/The Georgia Center for the Book, and Piedmont College, and are presented annually at the Decatur Book Festival. Register to watch on Eventbrite.
  • September 6, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival Cooknote: Toni Tipton-Martin, the first African-American food editor of a daily American newspaper, joins us as the culinary Cooknote. Tipton-Martin is the author of the James Beard Award-winning book “The Jemima Code,” a history of African-American cooking found in—and between—the lines of three centuries’ worth of African-American cookbooks. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 6, 7 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 Decatur Short Docs Film Festival Talkback: DECATUR SHORT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL is Decatur/Atlanta-based festival series showcasing short documentaries about people and places primarily in the South and benefits filmmakers by providing a platform to showcase their work. The festival benefits our community by providing a forum for fresh perspectives and insights. Register to watch on Eventbrite.

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September 7–13

  • September 7, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: My Quest for Health Equity-Dr. David Satcher: Interviewed by Jeremy Redmon, an award-winning reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States, will discuss his long career in medicine and the importance of gaining equitable treatment in healthcare. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 8, 2 PM EDT
    Indiana Center for the Book
    Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00 Series: Victoria Griswold: Join the Indiana Center for the Book to watch our chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, interview Indiana author Victoria Griswold (“The Garden Symphony”) via the Indiana State Library's Facebook page.
  • September 8, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: “Meals, Music and Muses” with Alexander Smalls: Iconic chef and world-renowned opera singer Alexander Smalls marries two of his greatest passions—food and music—in “Meals, Music and Muses,” which he will discuss with Local Palate editor, Lia Grabowski. More than just the glimpse of a cookbook, Smalls takes readers on a delicious journey through the South as he discusses the food that has shaped the region. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 9, 2 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Creativity Conversation: The Life and Work of Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III: In memory of Dr. Pellom McDaniels III, The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University hosts a virtual discussion of Dr. McDaniels’ life and work as part of the Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversation series and in partnership with the festival. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 9, 6 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival : Jubilee Talks: Toni Tipton-Martin and Chef Todd Richards: Black American chefs and cooks are often typecast as the experts of only one cuisine—soul food, but Todd Richards’ food is anything but stereotypical. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 10, 5 PM EDT
    Maryland Center for the Book
    Fredrik Backman: Anxious People: New York Times best-selling author Fredrik Backman will join us and our co-hosts Frederick County Public Libraries, Curious Iguana and Weinberg Center for the Arts for a virtual event to discuss his latest book, “Anxious People.”
  • September 10, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Pray With Your Whole Life: On Howard Thurmon and Thomas Merton: Barbara Brown Taylor joins author Sophfronia Scott and Pastor Beth Waltemath of North Decatur Presbyterian Church to discuss Howard Thurman, Thomas Merton and prayer-centered life. This complex conversation will bring together ideas from Barbara Brown Taylor’s work in the anthology, “Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide and Prophet,” and Sophfronia Scott’s upcoming book, “The Seekers and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton.” Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 11, 5 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 Decatur Short Docs Film Festival - Weekend 2: Metro Atlanta artists from across the creative spectrum are featured in this series of short films including artist/musician Clark Ashton of the Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom (dir. Clark Ashton); visual artists Carol John by photographer Virginie Drujon-Kippelen; artist/musician Lonnie Holley (trailer from George King’s 2019 documentary); Def Poet Tamika “Georgia Me” Harper by filmmaker Fenell “Nell D” Wilkins; visual artist Jon Abercrombie by photographer Beate Sass; actor/director Tim McDonough’s excerpt from his 2019 one-man play, “A Bunch of Different Ways I’d Like To Die” (dir. Hal Jacobs); artist/storyteller Kyle BlackCatTips (dir. Weston Manders); and choreographer George Staib (dir. Hal Jacobs). Register to watch on Eventbrite.
  • September 11, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Judy Turner Award Winner, Andrew Gumbel: Won’t Lose This Dream: Veteran journalist Andrew Gumbel will discuss his work in uncovering the human stories behind Georgia State University’s innovative initiatives to support and retain students as they realize lifelong dreams of graduating from college. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 12, 10 AM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: This event James Beard award-winning author Adrian Miller will talk with AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras about his book, “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families,” and his upcoming book “Black Smoke: African American Adventures in Barbeque.” Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 13, 5 PM EDT (3 PM MDT)
    Colorado Center for the Book
    Veterans Expressive Writing Workshop: Expressive writing provides support for a deeply private writing process proven to reduce stress. This effective, free trauma intervention is led by veteran author Cindy Skaggs. Join us for a deep dive into guided writing on Sunday afternoons in September, starting at 3 p.m., via the online platform Discord. To register, email Cindy Skaggs at cindy@skaggs.com.
  • September 13, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Todd Richards: Soul on Grill: The Soul of Barbecue will be a live demo, shot on the patio of Todd Richard’s new restaurant, Lake & Oak BBQ. The demo, moderated by Jim Achmutey, will take place outdoors on Todd’s Big Green Egg. In addition to cooking a favorite recipe or two from his award-winning cookbook “Soul,” Todd and Auchmutey will discuss the regional variations in BBQ and where the inspiration behind Lake & Oaks unique BBQ style was derived. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 13, 7 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 Decatur Short Docs Film Festival: Talkback Weekend 2: DECATUR SHORT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL is Decatur/Atlanta-based festival series showcasing short documentaries about people and places primarily in the South and benefits filmmakers by providing a platform to showcase their work. Talkback sessions will feature members of each documentary’s creative teams and subjects. Register to watch on Eventbrite.

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September 14–20

  • September 14, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Award-winning novelists Thomas Mullen, Attica Locke, and S.A. Cosby discuss their hard-hitting crime novels set in Georgia, Texas and Virginia. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 14, 8 PM EDT (7 PM CDT)
    North Dakota Center for the Book
    A Republic If You Can Keep It: Plato and a World on Fire: Building on the work of dozens of scholars, educators Serge Danielson-Francois and J. Mike Courage argue that no philosopher is more central to conversations about justice today than Plato. Over six weeks, students will read and discuss the ten books of Plato’s “Republic” in order to gauge if a persuasive case for justice can be made today in North Dakota. This class will meet six times on Mondays: Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 19, 26, from 7-8:30 PM CDT. Register for the course via Eventbrite.
  • September 15, 2 PM EDT
    Indiana Center for the Book
    Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00 Series: John David Anderson: Join the Indiana Center for the Book to watch our chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, interview Indiana author John David Anderson (“Ms. Bixby’s Last Day”) via the Indiana State Library's Facebook page.
  • September 15, 7 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Raise Your Voice: National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo comes together with four other top YA authors, Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed, Renée Watson and Brendan Kiely for this discussion about making yourself heard and finding your place in the world. Paige Gray will moderate this unique panel. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 16, 2 PM EDT (12 PM MDT)
    Colorado Center for the Book
    Veterans Writing Lunch and Learn Online Workshops: In “Characters 101” veteran author Cindy Skaggs will teach you how to create intriguing, multi-dimensional and consistent characters.
  • September 16, 6 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Grande Dames of Southern Cooking: With an introduction by Bobby Turner, president of Whole Foods Market, these three chef-authors will come together to talk about the iconic past and emerging future of Southern cuisine with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution food editor, Ligaya Figueras. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 17, 12 PM EDT
    Virginia Center for the Book
    Virginia Festival of the Book presents SHELF LIFE: Conversational Creatures with Anita Felicelli and Joni Murphy: Anita Felicelli (“Chimerica”) & Joni Murphy (“Talking Animals”) discuss their latest novels & the roles of talking animals in literary fiction. FREE to attend and will be livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook Live.
  • September 17, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Deactur Book Festival: In the Valley: Ron Rash has long been a revered presence in the landscape of American letters. In these ten stories, Rash created another mesmerizing look at the imperfect world around us, and will discuss this collection with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Suzanne Van Atten. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 18, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Jubilee Talks: Toni Tipton-Martin and Chris Williams: Houston chef Chris Williams sits down with Toni Tipton-Martin to talk about the impact of Black and enslaved chefs on American cooking. They will also discuss their personal histories in the culinary world, including the impact Williams’ family has had on him, including his great grandmother Lucille B. Smith and his brother and business partner, Ben. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 18, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 Decatur Short Docs Film Festival - Weekend 3: A series of short films features Henry ‘Gip’ Gipson with blues musician Jontavious Willis (dir. Henry Jacobs); North Carolina artist Sam Ezell (dir. Kevin Wells); Steven Burke and Randy Campbell’s collection of over 1,200 American folk art buildings (dir. Marsha Gordon and Louis Cherry); Savannah artist/barber Ulysses Davis (dir. Steven Gray and Alexia Oldini); quilters from Gee’s Bend, Ala. (dir. Maris Curran); and a selection from “Whitman Alabama” (dir. Jennifer Crandall). Register to watch on Eventbrite.
  • September 19, 10:30 AM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Deactur Book Festival: Kevin Riley reads Dave Eggers: Kevin Riley, editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reads Dave Eggers’ two picture books about civic engagement, “Her Right Foot” and “What Can a Citizen Do?” Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 19, 12 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Deactur Book Festival: Colin Meloy, Shawn Harris and Dave Eggers: DBF Kidnote alum Colin Meloy talks picture books with Dave Eggers, founder of McSweeney’s and prolific writer, and Shawn Harris, the talented illustrator of their books as well as co-creator of the sci-fi saga, “The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza,” a live cartoon conjured up with Mac Barnett during COVID shelter-in-place. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 19, 12 PM EDT (11 AM CDT)
    Texas Center for the Book
    #TXBookChat - The Power of Stories: Join author and professor Dr. Norma E. Cantú for a discussion on using words and narrative to create a better world.
  • September 20, 5 PM EDT (3 PM MDT)
    Colorado Center for the Book
    Veterans Expressive Writing Workshop: Expressive writing provides support for a deeply private writing process proven to reduce stress. This effective, free trauma intervention is led by veteran author Cindy Skaggs. Join us for a deep dive into guided writing on Sunday afternoons in September, starting at 3 p.m., via the online platform Discord. To register, email Cindy Skaggs at cindy@skaggs.com.
  • September 20, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Voicing the Unspeakable: A Reading and Conversation with Georgia Poet Laureate Chelsea Rathburn: Georgia Poet Laureate Chelsea Rathburn joins us to discuss the ability of poetry and memoir to highlight the experiences of marginalized people in this interview with Dr. Nicole Stamant. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 20, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 Decatur Short Docs Film Festival: Talkback Weekend 3: DECATUR SHORT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL is Decatur/Atlanta-based festival series showcasing short documentaries about people and places primarily in the South and benefits filmmakers by providing a platform to showcase their work. Talkback sessions will feature members of each documentary’s creative teams and subjects. Register to watch on Eventbrite.

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September 21–30

  • September 21, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Jubilee Talks: Toni Tipton-Martin and Tiffanie Barriere: Introduced by Dale Desenna, president of Taste of Atlanta, chef and author Toni Tipton-Martin will interview Tiffanie Barriere, an acclaimed Atlanta bartender currently working freelance as “The Drinking Coach.” Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 22, 2 PM EDT
    Indiana Center for the Book
    Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00 Series: Shane Gibson and Michael Homoya: Join the Indiana Center for the Book to watch our chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, interview Indiana authors Shane Gibson and Michael Homoya (“Wake Up, Woods”) via the Indiana State Library's Facebook page.
  • September 22, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song with Kevin Young: Poet and scholar Kevin Young compiled an unprecedented anthology of African American poetry: a magnificent chorus of voices, some familiar, others recently rescued from neglect, revealing a precious living heritage in all its power, beauty and multiplicity. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 23, 2 PM EDT (12 PM MDT)
    Colorado Center for the Book
    Veterans Writing Lunch and Learn Online Workshops: In “Setting 101” veteran author Cindy Skaggs will delve into the process of developing an attention-grabbing setting for your story.
  • September 23, 2 PM EDT
    West Virginia Center for the Book
    2020 One Book One West Virginia Reading and Book Club Discussion: Join the 2020 Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence as she reads from and discusses this year’s One Book One West Virginia selected title, “Cavedweller,” via Zoom.
  • September 23, 6 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Brad Thomas Parsons’s AMARO: Brad Thomas Parsons will join Atlanta food journalist Mike Jordan to share the magical world of mixology and cocktails, presenting two books, “AMARO: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs with Cocktails, Recipes and Formulas” and his latest title, “Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time.” Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 24, 12 PM EDT
    Virginia Center for the Book
    Virginia Festival of the Book presents SHELF LIFE: The Kinship of Plants and People—Enrique Salmón on Iwígara: Ethnobotanist Enrique Salmón discusses his new book, “Iwígara: The Kinship of Plants and People,” with Lilia Fuquen. FREE to attend and will be livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook Live.
  • September 24, 1 PM EDT (12 PM CDT)
    Minnesota Center for the Book
    Fitzgerald in Saint Paul: “Paradise Revisited”: Philip McGowan, editor of the new Oxford University Press edition of “This Side of Paradise,” looks at F. Scott Fitzgerald’s bestselling novel, 100 years later.
  • September 24, 4:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    Health and the Human Experience: Debora MacKenzie in conversation with Maryn McKenna presented by Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health and the Georgia Center for the Book: “COVID-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One.” In the first book on Covid-19, science journalist MacKenzie lays out the public health and political failures that made us vulnerable—and how not to do that again. Register to attend here.
  • September 24, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Writing in a World of Turmoil: Roxanne Gay and Soraya Nadia McDonald: Award-winning novelist, essayist, professor, editor, commentator, and acknowledged master of Twitter, Roxane Gay will discuss writing in a world of turmoil with culture critic Soraya Nadia McDonald from The Undefeated. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 25, 5 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 Decatur Short Docs Film Festival - Weekend 4: Doug Loggins’ 1993 documentary (57 min.) about the life and works of visionary artist Eddie Owens Martin, aka St. EOM, who was a farmer, fortune teller, prostitute, prophet, artist and architect of Pasaquan—an art environment where the past and the future come together. His story crosses space and time, travelling from 1920’s New York City to Buena Vista, Georgia, to the psychic realm of giants with upswept hair. His story is told through interviews with Tom Patterson (author of “St. Eom in the Land of Pasaquan,” 2018), Bruce Hampton, Fred Fussell, and others. Register to watch on Eventbrite.
  • September 25, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: National Book Foundation Presents: Reckoning with Resistance with Hanif Abduraqib and Camonghne Felix: National Book Award Longlisters Hanif Abduraqib and Camonghne Felix discuss what resistance means to them—in their own writing, in contemporary literature and in 2020. Moderated by Dr. Eve L. Ewing, introduced by NBF Public Programs Manager Natalie Green. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 26, 10:30 AM EDT (9:30 AM CDT)
    Minnesota Center for the Book
    Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota | Center City: Enjoy a lively virtual discussion with three multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award-winning children’s authors: Michael Hall, Laura Purdie Salas, and Joyce Sidman.
  • September 26, 2 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Graphix Con Panel: Join New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Raina Telgemeier, creator of many graphic novels including the 2020 Eisner Award winning “Guts,” as she sits down with five other writers and illustrators Maria Scrivan, Varian Johnson, Tom Angleberger, Shannon Wright and Gale Galligan, to discuss writing, illustrating and their work on graphic novels. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 27, 2:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival Finalists’ Reading: The Agnes Scott College English department presents a reading talk with Professor Alan Grostephan and featured student finalists from their 49th annual Writers’ Festival Contest whose pieces appear in Writers’ Festival magazine. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 27, 5 PM EDT (3 PM MDT)
    Colorado Center for the Book
    Veterans Expressive Writing Workshop: Expressive writing provides support for a deeply private writing process proven to reduce stress. This effective, free trauma intervention is led by veteran author Cindy Skaggs. Join us for a deep dive into guided writing on Sunday afternoons in September, starting at 3 p.m., via the online platform Discord. To register, email Cindy Skaggs at cindy@skaggs.com.
  • September 27, 7 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 Decatur Short Docs Film Festival: Talkback Weekend 4: DECATUR SHORT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL is Decatur/Atlanta-based festival series showcasing short documentaries about people and places primarily in the South and benefits filmmakers by providing a platform to showcase their work. Talkback sessions will feature members of each documentary’s creative teams and subjects. Register to watch on Eventbrite.
  • September 29, 2 PM EDT
    Indiana Center for the Book
    Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00 Series: Helen Frost: Join the Indiana Center for the Book to watch our chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, interview Indiana author Helen Frost (“Blue Daisy”) via the Indiana State Library's Facebook page.
  • September 29, 6:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Falling In Love With Love: Jasmine Guillory comes together with fellow romance writers Alisha Rai, Farrah Rochon, Yaffa Santos and Jane Igharo to discuss the ins and outs of the genre. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • September 30, 2 PM EDT (12 PM MDT)
    Colorado Center for the Book
    Veterans Writing Lunch and Learn Online Workshops: In “Dialogue 101” veteran author Cindy Skaggs will walk you through several tips and tricks for writing gripping dialogue.
  • September 30, 6 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Toques in Black: A Celebration of Black Chefs: Alan Batt, interviewed by New York Times correspondent Kim Severson, is the food photographer known as Battman who traveled around the country interviewing and photographing black chefs for his latest volume, “Toques in Black: 101 Black Chefs in America.” Watch the event on Crowdcast.

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October 2020

October 1–11

  • October 1, 12 PM EDT
    Virginia Center for the Book
    Virginia Festival of the Book presents SHELF LIFE: #OwnVoices Fiction: Yamile Saied Méndez with NoNieqa Ramos: Join Yamile Saied Méndez as she discusses her latest young adult novel, “Furia,” a powerful, #ownvoices contemporary YA, with author NoNieqa Ramos. FREE to attend and will be livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook Live.
  • October 1, 2 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: How to Pitch, Package & Sell Your Television & Film Project: Talks with the Atlanta Pitch Summit Panel: In this panel, you will learn the key tips on how to creatively package and pitch your television or film project. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • October 1, 2 PM EDT (1 PM CDT)
    Minnesota Center for the Book
    Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota | Crookston: Enjoy a lively virtual discussion with four multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award-winning authors: Susan Bartlett Foote, Cary Griffith, Christopher Lehman and Andrea Swensson.
  • October 1, 4:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Not Your Father’s Canon: Reading Chaucer and Shakespeare Today: Audience members are invited to join Agnes Scott English Department professors Charlotte Artese and Robert Meyer-Lee, two preeminent literary scholars, in conversation with moderator James Diedrick—also a Professor of English at Agnes Scott College—as they grapple with the legacies and futures of reading two of the most well-known writers in the Western literary tradition: Shakespeare and Chaucer. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • October 1, 7:30 PM EDT (6:30 PM CDT)
    South Dakota Center for the Book
    Virtual 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books: Join us for this kick-off to our month-long celebration of reading and writing featuring more than 60 authors in multiple genres, including Max Brooks, Angelica Shirley Carpenter, Robert Dugoni, Adam Johnson, and Sally Roesch Wagner. Most events are FREE with a general admission pass! Register here.
  • October 1, 8:30 PM EDT (7:30 PM CDT)
    Tennessee Center for the Book
    Southern Festival of Books Presents In Conversation: Ann Patchett and Yaa Gyasi: Join us as The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word kicks off with a conversation between Ann Patchett ("The Dutch House: A Novel") and Yaa Gyasi ("Transcendent Kingdom: A Novel").
  • October 1, 9 PM EDT (7 PM MDT)
    Colorado Center for the Book
    Friends of the Library Annual Meeting: Colorado Humanities is partnering with Friends of the Lyons Regional Library District to host this online event featuring 2020 Colorado Book Award finalist Margaret Mizushima!
  • October 3, 3 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Going from Book to Screen presented by DeKalb Entertainment Commission: Join us for a panel discussion about the process, business opportunities and personnel that translate books to film and television. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • October 3, 7 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Mid Grade Mythologies featuring Roshani Chokshi, Tehlor Kay Mejia, and J.C. Cervantes: Vicky Alvear Shecter moderates a panel featuring Roshani Chokshi, Tehlor Kay Mejia and J.C. Cervantes in conversation about mythologies from around the world. Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • October 4, 4:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    2020 AJC-Decatur Book Festival: Endnote: featuring Natasha Trethewey: Join author and former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and interviewer Rosemary Magee for a discussion of Trethewey’s memoir, “Memorial Drive.” Watch the event on Crowdcast.
  • October 4, 7 PM EDT
    Maryland Center for the Book
    2020 One Maryland One Book Author Tour with Lisa See, Co-host Prince George’s County Memorial Library System: As part of our programming for the state’s largest reading and discussion program, 2020 One Maryland One Book author Lisa See will visit us virtually to discuss her book “The Island of Sea Women.” Watch the livestream via Zoom.
  • October 5, 7 PM EDT
    Maryland Center for the Book
    2020 One Maryland One Book Author Tour with Lisa See, Co-host Kent County Public Library: As part of our programming for the state’s largest reading and discussion program, 2020 One Maryland One Book author Lisa See will visit us virtually to discuss her book “The Island of Sea Women.” Watch the livestream via Zoom.
  • October 6, 11 AM EDT
    Maryland Center for the Book
    2020 One Maryland One Book Author Tour with Lisa See, Co-host Howard County Library System: As part of our programming for the state’s largest reading and discussion program, 2020 One Maryland One Book author Lisa See will visit us virtually to discuss her book “The Island of Sea Women.” Watch the livestream via Zoom.
  • October 6, 2 PM EDT
    Indiana Center for the Book
    Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00 Series: Chadwick Gillenwater: Join the Indiana Center for the Book to watch our chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, interview Indiana author Chadwick Gillenwater (“Herbert”) via the Indiana State Library's Facebook page.
  • October 6, 7 PM EDT
    Maryland Center for the Book
    2020 One Maryland One Book Author Tour with Lisa See, Co-host Calvert Library: As part of our programming for the state’s largest reading and discussion program, 2020 One Maryland One Book author Lisa See will visit us virtually to discuss her book “The Island of Sea Women.” Watch the livestream via Zoom.
  • October 6, 7:30 PM EDT (6:30 PM CDT)
    Minnesota Center for the Book
    Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota | Litchfield: Enjoy a lively virtual discussion with four multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award-winning authors: Allen Eskens, Su Hwang, Sheila O’Connor, and Kao Kalia Yang.
  • October 7, 2 PM EDT
    Maryland Center for the Book
    2020 One Maryland One Book Author Tour with Lisa See, Co-host Harford County Public Library: As part of our programming for the state’s largest reading and discussion program, 2020 One Maryland One Book author Lisa See will visit us virtually to discuss her book “The Island of Sea Women.” Watch the livestream via Zoom.
  • October 7, 7 PM EDT
    Maryland Center for the Book
    2020 One Maryland One Book Author Tour with Lisa See, Co-hosts Carroll County Public Library, Frederick County Public Libraries, and Washington County Free Library: As part of our programming for the state’s largest reading and discussion program, 2020 One Maryland One Book author Lisa See will visit us virtually to discuss her book “The Island of Sea Women.” Watch the livestream via Zoom.
  • October 7, 8 PM EDT (7 PM CDT)
    Minnesota Center for the Book
    Books & Bars: Moderated by Jeff Kamin, this monthly book club discusses Quan Berry’s “We Ride Upon Sticks.”
  • October 8, 12 PM EDT (11 AM CDT)
    Texas Center for the Book
    #TXBookChat - Virtual Texas Book Festival 2020: An Inside Look: Join TBF Staff for a behind-the-scenes preview of this year’s online event, the 25th annual and first ever online festival!
  • October 8, 12 PM EDT
    Virginia Center for the Book
    Virginia Festival of the Book presents SHELF LIFE: Family Secrets in Fiction: Jill McCorkle with Brendan Mathews: Join beloved novelist Jill McCorkle for a discussion of her latest book, “Hieroglyphics,” in conversation with author Brendan Mathews. FREE to attend and will be livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook Live.

October 12–18

October 19–25

  • October 20, 2 PM EDT
    Indiana Center for the Book
    Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00 Series: Peggy Archer: Join the Indiana Center for the Book to watch our chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, interview Indiana author Peggy Archer (“A Hippy-Hoppy Toad”) via the Indiana State Library's Facebook page.
  • October 22, 12 PM EDT
    Virginia Center for the Book
    Virginia Festival of the Book presents SHELF LIFE: Detecting Women with Hilary Davidson and Rachel Howzell Hall: Join crime novelists Hilary Davidson (“Don’t Look Down”) and Rachel Howzell Hall (“And Now She’s Gone”) as they discuss their newest books. FREE to attend and will be livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook Live.
  • October 22, 4:30 PM EDT
    Georgia Center for the Book
    Health and the Human Experience: Emily Anthes in conversation with Maryn McKenna presented by Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health and the Georgia Center for the Book: “The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness.” Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, we humans spent 90 percent of our time inside—yet we never asked how the buildings we construct affect our health, happiness, feelings and behaviors. As the world comes out of quarantine, science journalist Anthes asks what we should know about the places where we choose—and sometimes are forced—to spend our days. Register to attend here.
  • October 22, 7:30 PM EDT (6:30 PM CDT)
    Minnesota Center for the Book
    Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota | Worthington: Enjoy a lively virtual discussion with four multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award-winning authors: Kate Allen, Shannon Gibney, Wing Young Huie, and Ed Bok Lee.

October 26–31

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