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

October 2020

October 1–11

  • October 1, 12 PM ET
    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 ET
    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 ET (1 PM CT)
    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 ET
    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 ET (6:30 PM CT)
    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 ET (7:30 PM CT)
    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 ET (7 PM MT)
    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 ET
    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 ET
    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 ET
    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 ET
    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 ET
    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 ET
    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 ET
    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 ET
    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 ET (6:30 PM CT)
    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 ET (12 PM MT)
    Colorado Center for the Book
    Veterans Writing Lunch and Learn Online Workshops: Research 101: How to begin writing a book!
  • October 7, 2 PM ET
    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 ET
    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 ET (7 PM CT)
    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 ET (11 AM CT)
    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 ET
    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 11, 5 PM ET (3 PM MT)
    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 [email protected].

October 12–18

October 19–25

  • October 20, 2 PM ET
    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 21, 2 PM ET (12 PM MT)
    Colorado Center for the Book
    Veterans Writing Lunch and Learn Online Workshops: Layering Emotion: How to build complex characters and scenes.
  • October 21, 9 PM ET (7 PM MT)
    Colorado Center for the Book
    Changing the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity: Conversations for One America: CLoRE is a conversation series to encourage understanding and discussion about the legacy of race in America, and how to make changes now for a more just future. The first conversation, ‘How Did We Get Here?’ will explore this question from differing disciplines, including history, economics, criminal justice, psychology and faith traditions. Screen reader support enabled.
  • October 22, 12 PM ET
    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 ET
    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 ET (6:30 PM CT)
    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 25, 5 PM ET (3 PM MT)
    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 [email protected].

October 26–31

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November 2020

November 1–8

November 9–15

  • November 9, 7 PM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: John Grisham & Kim Edwards: John Grisham and Kim Edwards, two bestselling authors, will discuss their writing careers and Grisham’s newest book, “A Time for Mercy,” which brings Jake Brigance—the star of Grisham’s first novel, “A Time to Kill”—back to the courtroom. This talk is free and open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. Register at kyhumanities.org. Sponsored by Campbellsville University.
  • November 10, 12 PM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: New Books for Middle Schoolers: Teaching history and science to kids doesn’t need to be boring. Whether writing fact or fiction, each of these four talented authors artfully merge themes and concepts from past and present to make a lasting impact on young readers. Tune in to this lunchtime session, featuring authors Shawn Pryor, George Ella Lyon, S. G. Wilson, and Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, to learn more about how they do it! Register at kyhumanities.org for this free, lunch hour conversation.
  • November 10, 2 PM ET
    Indiana Center for the Book
    Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00 Series: Gabrielle Balkan: Join the Indiana Center for the Book to watch our chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, interview Indiana author Gabrielle Balkan (“Flight”) via the Indiana State Library's Facebook page.
  • November 10, 7 PM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: Writing Historical Fiction: Learn how authors Margaret Verble, Roxana Robinson, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle look to the past while writing poignant content for the present. Each of the fascinating protagonists in their newly published novels—set from the 1860s to the 1960s and beyond—navigate challenges of morality, political and social divides, culture clashes, family alliances, and destiny. Register for this live conversation hosted on Zoom at kyhumanities.org.
  • November 11, 12 PM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: The Path to Publishing: How do authors go from writing in their spare time to holding a published book in their hands? Tune in to this lively discussion, where Louisville-based literary agent Alice Speilburg and authors Courtney Maum, Beverly Bell, and Clint Edwards share behind-the-scenes knowledge about getting published. Register for this live, lunchtime conversation at kyhumanities.org.
  • November 12, 12 PM ET
    Virginia Center for the Book
    Virginia Festival of the Book presents SHELF LIFE: Digital Museum of Broken Relationships with Leslie Jamison and Friends: In celebration of the paperback launch of “Make it Scream, Make it Burn,” join Leslie Jamison for an event built around one of her collected essays, “Museum of Broken Hearts,” with Olinka Vištica, Cecilia Laslo, Kyle McCarthy, Kiki Petrosino, and Allison Wright. FREE to attend and will be livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook Live.
  • November 12, 4:30 PM ET
    Georgia Center for the Book
    Health and the Human Experience: Emily Willingham, Ph.D., in conversation with Maryn McKenna presented by Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health and the Georgia Center for the Book: “Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis.” In a “detailed, insightful and funny” cross-species biography of the penis, biologist and journalist Emily Willingham, Ph.D., explores evolution and emotion to ask how maleness took center stage in society and science. Register to attend here.
  • November 12, 7 PM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: David Blight & Amy Murrell Taylor: David Blight, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his most recent book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” will discuss Douglass’ personal and political life as well as his long and continued significance and impact on the history of the United States. Amy Murrell Taylor, a historian of the American South whose work focuses on the era of the Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction, will act as moderator. This session is sponsored by the University of Kentucky Department of History. Register at kyhumanities.org.
  • November 13, 7 PM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: Nikky Finney, Frank X Walker, & Reginald Dwayne Betts: Join renowned poets Nikky Finney, Frank X Walker, and Reginald Dwayne Betts for an unforgettable evening in celebration of their work as authors, advocates, and educators. This live conversation is sponsored by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (Lexington). Register at kyhumanities.org.
  • November 14-15
    Massachusetts Center for the Book
    Massachusetts Book Bites: On November 14-15, the Boston Book Festival is teaming up with Massachusetts Center for the Book for a bonanza weekend of local literature, featuring authors from across the Commonwealth, in all genres, introducing readers to their latest books in a fast-paced series of bite-sized videos.
  • November 14, 11 AM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: “Healthy at Home”—Appalachia Then & Now: How do environmental, cultural, and political conditions impact a region and the health of its occupants? Why does it seem certain parts of the U.S. are more negatively impacted by the opioid crisis than others? Learn how authors Michele Morrone, Chris Hamby, Eric Eyre, and Ben Westhoff are fighting for justice, advocating for positive change, and informing the American public about the issues affecting its people at the intersection of economy and environment. This conversation is sponsored by the University of Pikeville. Register at kyhumanities.org.
  • November 14, 12 PM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: Women’s Suffrage: August 18, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. Elaine Weiss, Martha S. Jones, and Melanie Beals Goan have all written engrossing and fascinating accounts of the history and impact of women’s suffrage. Their books work to depict a fuller view of the impact of the women’s suffrage movement, including its longer history in search of “equality for all.” Dr. Kathy Bullock, whose academic work includes documenting the journey and contributions of African American women in the struggle for the right to vote in the U.S., will moderate the discussion. This conversation is sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society. Register at kyhumanities.org.
  • November 14, 1 PM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: Journalism & Appalachia: From Samantha NeCamp’s scrutiny of stereotypes and misrepresentations about literacy in the region; to Matthew Algeo’s study of Robert Kennedy’s 1968 visit to the “heart of eastern Kentucky”; to Jeff Young and the Ohio Valley Resource examining the “heart of coal country,” hear from these authors about how and why Kentucky and the surrounding regions have changed over the past few decades, and why it matters for America today. This conversation is sponsored by Hindman Settlement School. Register at kyhumanities.org.
  • November 14, 2 PM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: Terry Brooks & Alix E. Harrow: How on earth can an author have an imagination big enough to encompass another universe? Listen in as authors Terry Brooks—author of more than 30 books, including the “Shannara” series—and Alix E. Harrow—author of “The Ten Thousand Doors of January” and “The Once and Future Witches”—“talk shop” about how (and why) they write what they do, in worlds both real and imagined. Register at kyhumanities.org.
  • November 14, 5 PM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: J. R. Ward & Christine Feehan: Enjoy this live session, as Christine Feehan interviews J. R. Ward about her work and the latest book in her “Black Dagger Brotherhood” series, “A Warm Heart in Winter.” Between the two of them, these bestselling authors have written more than 100 books, including titles in paranormal romance, fantasy, and more, and they’ve amassed loyal fans across the world. This conversation is sponsored by Wildcat Moving. Tickets are available at kyhumanities.org.
  • November 14, 7 PM ET
    Kentucky Center for the Book
    Kentucky Book Festival Online: Silas House & Friends: The final Kentucky Book Festival Online event features Silas House, Ashley Blooms, Karen Salyer McElmurray and Robert Gipe in conversation. How have these authors, whose books span decades of time across Kentucky, seen the landscape and people change over the years? What have they learned about the places they live and work while writing about them? How does “place” impact the stories they tell? Tune in to this live session, as the authors chat these questions and more with Silas House (and a special, drop-in guest!). Sponsored by Berea College. Register at kyhumanities.org.

November 16–22

November 23–30

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