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Your Week in Virtual Book Events, Nov. 16th to Nov. 22nd

Including the Kick-Off of the Online Miami Book Fair


Miami Book Fair Online
Sunday, November 15 – Monday, November 23rd
The Miami Book Fair is virtual this year, with all free and on demand content available starting November 15th. More than 300 authors in conversation will be streaming including, but not limited to Margaret Atwood (Dearly), Kwame Alexander (The Undefeated), Tommye Blount (Fantasia for the Man in Blue), Judy Blume (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret), Mahogany L. Browne (WOKE: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice), K-Ming Chang (Bestiary), Billy Collins (Whale Day), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Broken Ornament), Mark Doty (What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life), Glory Edim (Well-Read Black Girl), and more. Sign up to create your profile and build your watchlist in advance here.

Ten Evenings with Lily King
Monday, November 16, All-day
Pittsburg Arts & Lectures brings prize-winning novelist Lily King to speak about her newest book, Writers & Lovers, for their virtual event season. Tickets are $15, $10 for students. Registrants will receive a link to the pre-recorded event you can watch at any time. Get your virtual pass here.


Paying the Land: Joe Sacco on OPB’s Think Out Loud
Monday, November 16, 3:00pm EST
Broadcasted on Think Out Loud on OPB Radio, award-winning author Joe Sacco discusses his new comic journalism book, Paying the Land, about indigenous North America, resource extraction and collective debt to the natural world. As part of the Portland Book Festival. If you are local to Oregon, find your frequency here. If not, listen online.

Postcolonial Love Poem: Natalie Diaz and Live Wire Radio
Monday. November 16, 5:00pm EST
Poet Natalie Diaz discusses her newest collection, Postcolonial Love Poem, with Live Wire Radio host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello (Animals Strike Curious Poses) for a live-streamed discussion. Stream it here for free. Presented by the Portland Book Festival.

P&P Live! Radical Imaginations: Poetry as a Tool for Change
Monday, November 16, 6:00pm EST
Politics and Prose Live! presents a night of new works from Susan Briante (Defacing the Monument), Tongo Eisen-Martin (Heaven Is All Goodbyes), and Mark Nowak (Social Poetics). Free. Register here.

Authors in Conversation: Horror & Graphic Novel Writing
Monday, November 16, 7:30pm EST
Hosted by Greenlight Bookstore, DC’S Hill House Comics authors Laura Marks (Daphne Byrne) and Carmen Maria Machado (The Low, Low Woods) come together to discuss their new graphic novels. Free. Via Zoom.

West x Midwest: Claudia Rankine and Jericho Brown
Monday, November 16, 8:00pm EST
MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine (Just Us) and Pulitzer Prize winner Jericho Brown (The Tradition) will join in conversation about Rankine’s newest multi-media collection. Presented by West x Midwest, Black Mountain Institute, The Loft’s Wordplay, and Wisconsin Book Festival. Free. Register here.

The Harry Belafonte Black Liberation Speaker Series: Raven Leilani and Kiley Reid
Monday, November 16th, 8:00pm EST
The New York Public Library brings bestselling authors Raven Leilani (Luster) and Kiley Reid (Such a Fun Age) in conversation with writer Roxanne Fequiere to discuss the overlapping themes in their recently published novels. Free, with registration. Via Zoom and Youtube.

Virtual Author Conversation: Finding Latinx
Monday, November 16th, 8:00pm EST
Women & Children First welcomes author Paola Ramos in conversation with Cecile Richards on Ramos’ newest book, Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity. Free, via Crowdcast.

P&P Live! Red Hen Press “Literary Crushes” Panel
Tuesday, November 17th, 6:00pm EST
Five Red Hen Press authors discuss and confess their literary crushes. Panelists include Amy Shearn (Unseen City), Chelsea Catherine (Summer of the Cicadas), Lara Ehrlich (Animal Wife), Melanie Conroy-Goldman (The Likely World) and Reema Rajbanshi (Sugar, Smoke, Song). The conversation will be moderated by writer Allison Punch. Free. Register here.

Book Launch: The Fights We Fought Have Brought Us Here
Tuesday, November 17th, 6:00pm EST
Ten young writers from Muhammad Ali’s alma mater write about the fights they’ve fought that have brought them to where they are today. Presented by the Louisville Story Program and the Muhammad Ali Center. Free. Register here.


Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff present Long Way Down
Tuesday, November 17th, 7:30pm EST
Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff will talk about their award-winning graphic novel Long Way Down with Greenlight Bookstore. Free, via Zoom.

A Celebration of Poetry! Sumita Chakraborty and Taylor Johnson
Tuesday, November 17th, 7:30pm EST
Charis Books welcomes Sumita Chakraborty (Arrow) and Taylor Johnson (Inheritance) for a virtual celebration of their respective debut poetry collections. Via Crowdcast. Free.

Open Door Series Online: Nathan Hoks and Tara Betts
Tuesday, November 17th, 8:00pm EST
The Open Door series presents two Chicago writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students in this event hosted by Poetry Foundation. Nathan Hoks (The Narrow Circle) will read with his student Jake Weiss and Tara Betts (THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali) will read with her student Ciara Miller. Free, with registration.

Kiese Laymon and Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Tuesday, November 17th, 8:00pm EST
Loyalty Bookstores hosts of conversation between Kiese Laymon (Heavy) and Maurice Carlos Ruffin (We Cast a Shadow) about the reissue of Laymon’s book of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Register for the event with a donation to Black Lives Matter DC of any amount of your choice. Register here.

Ishmael Reed with Tennessee Reed
Tuesday, November 17th, 9:00pm EST
City Lights celebrates the release of two new books of poetry, Why The Black Hole Sings The Blues and Califia Burning: Poems 2012-2019, in this reading by their respective authors, Ishmael Reed and Tennessee Reed. Free. Register here.

Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading: Claudia Rankine
Wednesday, November 18th, 1:00pm EST
In association with Festival of Ideas and the Centre for Black Humanities, award-winning poet, writer and thinker Claudia Rankine, will deliver the 2020 Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading. She will be joined in conversation by Vanessa Kisuule (A Recipe for Sorcery). Free, with registration.

Indigenous Visions: New Speculative Writing
Wednesday, November 18th, 6:30pm EST
Authors Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians) and Darcie Little Badger (Elatsoe) join moderator Erika T. Wurth (Buckskin Cocaine) for a conversation about pushing boundaries in genre fiction. As part of Branching Out, a series of online author talks hosted by New York Public Library neighborhood branches. Free. Register here.

Writers in Camden: Willie Perdomo and Ishion Hutchinson
Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00pm EST
Award-winning poets Willie Perdomo (The Crazy Bunch) and Ishion Hutchinson (House of Lords and Commons) read from their new work as part of the annual Writers in Camden reading series. Free, with registration.

Laughing to Keep From Dying Virtual Book Launch: Danielle Fuentes Morgan in Conversation with W. Kamau Bell
Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00pm EST
Author and comedian W. Kamau Bell (The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell) joins in conversation to celebrate the release of Danielle Fuentes Morgan’s new book, Laughing to Keep From Dying: African African Satire in the Twenty-First Century. Sponsored by University of Illinois Press. Free, via Zoom.

Detroit Writing Room – Black Voices Series: Fiction Authors
Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00pm EST
Presented by Wayne State University, four fiction writers from Detroit and New York will participate in a panel moderated by New York Writing Room coach and literary agent, Samantha Fabien. Panelists include Maisy Card (These Ghosts are Family), Esperanza Cintrón (Shades, Detroit Love Stories), Megan Giddings (Lakewood), and Stephen Mack Jones (August Snow). Tickets are $20. Register here.

The 2020 National Book Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00pm EST
The Winners of the 2020 National Book Awards will be announced at the 71st National Book Awards Ceremony, which will be held exclusively online. Two lifetime achievement awards will also be presented as part of the evening’s ceremony, hosted by author Jason Reynolds: Walter Mosley will be recognized with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, presented by Edwidge Danticat, and Carolyn Reidy will posthumously receive the Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. The event is free but you can register and donate here.

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals – Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Adrienne Maree Brown
Wednesday, November 18th, 7:30pm EST
Co-sponsored by Charis Books, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, and AK Press, Alexis Pauline Gumbs talks on social lessons from the natural world in her new book, Undrowned – Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals, with author adrienne maree brown (We Will Not Cancel Us). Register via Crowdcast. Free.

Jena Osman and Alli Warren
Wednesday, November 18th, 8:00pm EST
Jena Osman (Motion Studies) and Alli Warren (Little Hill) will read from their new books in this event from The Poetry Project. Featuring a guest introduction by Juliana Spahr (Du Bois’s Telegram). Free. Register here.

Daniel W.K. Lee and Malik Thompson for ANATOMY OF WANT
Wednesday, November 18th, 8:00pm EST
Daniel W.K. Lee discusses his first collection of poetry, Anatomy of Want, with writer and bookseller Malik Thompson. Register for this event with a donation of any amount of your choice to be donated to Black Lives Matter DC. Via Crowdcast.

Hard Damage and Atomizer
Wednesday, November 18th, 8:00pm EST
Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Program in Creative Writing, UW Alumnae and poet Aria Aber (Hard Damage) and poet Elizabeth Powell (Atomizer) will read from and discuss their newest collections. From the Wisconsin Book Festival. Free, via Crowdcast.

Midwest Video Poetry Fest
Thursday, November 19 – Friday, November 20th
The Midwest Video Poetry Festival is a two day, free virtual event showcasing the work of local, national, and international poets and filmmakers. It is to be screened on Art Lit Lab’s Youtube channel with two different programs available Thursday and Friday. For more information, visit here.

SHELF LIFE: Fiebre Tropical
Thursday, November 19th, 12:00pm EST
Novelist Juli Delgado Lopera discusses their acclaimed new novel, Fiebre Tropical, with Catalina Esguerra for the Virginia Festival of the Book. Free. Register here.

A Conversation with Niyi Osundare
Thursday, November 19th, 12:15pm EST
Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare (Random Blues) and Cuban-American writer Christopher Louis Romaguera will talk about Osundare’s prolific writing career and discuss the intersections between writing, politics, teaching, and the world around us. Free, with suggested donation to the Words & Music 2020 New Orleans festival. Livestreamed via Facebook.

The 2020 Booker Prize Winner Ceremony
Thursday, November 19, 2:00pm EST
The line-up for one of the biggest literary prizes in the world features special guests (Barack Obama!) along with and three former Booker Prize winners: Kazuo Ishiguro, Bernardine Evaristo, and Margaret Atwood. For the first time, The Booker Prize and BBC are partnering with The Old Vic to bring the shortlisted books to life through a series of performances directed by The Old Vic Baylis Director Katy Rudd. This year’s Chair of Judges, Margaret Busby, will announce the winner of The 2020 Booker Prize, who will hear the news live and deliver an acceptance speech on screen. Free event. Join Facebook event here.

An Evening with Caitlin Moran
Thursday, November 19, 2:00pm EST
Award-winning writer Caitlin Moran discusses her latest book, More Than A Woman, with Guardian writer and columnist Sali Hughes. Tickets begin at £5.00. Purchase them here.

“A Circle in the Fire”
Thursday, November 19, 4:00 & 7:00pm EST
Dr. Bruce Gentry will lead a discussion on Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Circle in the Fire” streamed from the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton. Register here to virtually attend. Free.

Kristen J. Sollée and Sarah Potter for WITCH HUNT
Thursday, November 19, 6:00pm EST
Loyalty Bookstores presents author Kristen J. Sollée in conversation with professional witch Sarah Potter to discuss Kristen’s new book, Witch Hunt: A Traveler’s Guide to the Power & Persecution of the Witch. Register for the event by donating any amount of your choice to be sent to Black Lives Matter DC. Via Crowdcast.

We Will Not Cancel Us Book Release Event
Thursday, November 19th, 7:00pm EST
adrienne maree brown will be in conversation with Shira Hassan (Fumbling Towards Repair) and activist and writer Malkia Devich-Cyril to discuss brown’s newest book, We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, as well as the Emergent Series books for Source Booksellers. Tickets are free, with options to purchase the featured book and/or a copy of Undrowned by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Reserve a spot here.

Acts of Courage
Thursday, November 19th, 7:00pm EST
Indie bookstores and presses partner to present a conversation between Roxane Gay (An Untamed State) and Okey Ndibe (Arrows of Rain) to discuss their transformative debut novels and explore the concept of courage in a chaotic time. The event is also hosted by Grove Atlantic and Soho Press. Free, with registration.

Particulate Matter: Felicia Luna Lems in conversation with Myriam Gurba
Thursday, November 19th, 7:30pm EST
Hosted by Charis Books, author Felicia Luna Lemus discusses her new book, Particulate Matter, with writer and artist Myriam Gurba (Mean). Free, via Crowdcast.

Queer and Trans Migrations Virtual Book Launch
Thursday, November 19th, 8pm EST
Eithne Luibhéid and Karma R. Chávez, editor of the new collection Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention, and Deportation, joins in conversation with contributors Ruben Zecena, Fadi Saleh, Myisha Arellanus, and Sasha Wijeyeratne to celebrate the book’s release. Free. Register here.

Caste: Isabel Wilkerson and Viet Thanh Nguyen
Thursday, November 19th, 8:30pm EST
For the Portland Book Festival, author Isabel Wilkerson (Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents) talks about her newest book with novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Refugees). Access to the event is available through purchasing Isabel’s book here.

Book Launch: The Freezer Door
Thursday, November 19th, 10:00pm EST
Hugo House hosts the launch of Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s newest book, The Freezer Door, in this virtual conversation with Sycamore and the memoirist Elissa Washuta (White Magic). Free, via Zoom.

Home and Haunting
Friday, November 20th, 5:45pm EST
As part of the Words & Music Literary Fest in New Orleans, novelists Maisy Card (These Ghosts are Family), Michael Zapata (The Lost Book of Adana Moreau), and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (The Revisionists) will participate in a panel facilitated and curated by emerging writer Annell López on the legacies of race, history, time, memory, and culture. Livestreamed via Facebook. Free.

Radix Reads: There Is Still Singing in the Afterlife
Friday, November 20th, 7:00pm EST
Radix Media, in collaboration with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, hosts the launch of There Is Still Singing in the Afterlife, JinJin Xu’s debut chapbook and winner of the Own Voices Chapbook Prize. She will be joined with readings by Aria Aber (Hard Damage), guest judge of the chapbook prize, Anne Carson and Robert Currie, and Yanyi (The Year of Blue Water). Free, register here.

Re-Imagining the Classics
Friday, November 20th, 7:00pm EST
Madeline Miller (Circe) and Emily Watson discuss what it’s like to breathe new life into Homer’s The Odyssey through their novels and translations. Free, with registration.

Poetry Reading: Russell, Mohn-Slate, McDermott, Walicki
Friday, November 20th, 7:00pm EST
A poetry reading hosted by White Whale Bookshop with Pittsburgh poets Lauren Russell (Descent), Emily Mohn-Slate (The Falls), Sharon Fagan McDermott (Life Without Furniture), and Robert Walicki (Black Angels). Free, via Zoom.

Kimberly Alidio and M. NourbeSe Philip
Friday, November 20th, 8:00pm EST
From the Poetry Project, authors Kimberly Alidio (why letter ellipses) and M. NourbeSe Phillip (Zong!) will guide us through constellations of counter-imperial relation in this evening reading. Free, via Zoom. Register here.

Root Work Journal Presents: A Virtual Book Reading with Joy Priest
Friday, November 20th, 8:00pm EST
Author Joy Priest will share selections from her recently published collection, HORSEPOWER, following an opening reading from renowned poet Jari Bradley. Free, with registration.

Bandwidth: Bhatt, McGilligan, Mendoza, Olivares
Friday, November 20th, 8:00pm EST
Bandwidth is an online reading series featuring writers from Texas and beyond. Hosted by Sebastian Paramo. Writers Jenny Bhatt (Each of Us Killers), Clancy McGilligan (History of an Executioner), Paula Mendoza (Play for Time), and Sara Lupita Olivares (Migratory Sound) will read. Free. Register here.

Poets, Presidents, and Pandemics
Friday, November 20th, 8:00pm EST
This year’s annual Late Night Lit event for the Words & Music New Orleans festival will showcase the work of five poets responding to the current climate of these times. Lupe Mendez (Why I Am Like Tequila), Karisma Price, Justin Rogers (Black, Matilda), and Jane Spokenword (Word Against the Machine) will be joined by featured reader and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tyehimba Jess (Olio). Livestreamed via Facebook. Free.

Three Carcanet Press Poets
Saturday, November 21st, 11:00am EST
Sheaf Poetry Festival partners with Carcanet Press to present a reading by three poets – Mina Gorji (The Art of Escape), Isabel Galleymore (Significant Other), and Kei Miller (The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion). The event will take place via Youtube Premiere. Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can scale and can be reserved here.

Festival of Ideas: Austin Channing Brown
Saturday, November 21, 11:00am EST
Author Austin Channing Brown (I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness) joins in conversation with Madhu Krishnan, Director of the Centre for Black Humanities at the University of Bristol, for a pre-recorded event on Brown’s journey to self-worth in a racialized country. Tickets are free, with donations up to 8 GBP welcome. Via Crowdcast.

Madoodle: An All Ages Story Hour Teaching Trans Resilience
Saturday, November 21, 2:00pm EST
To celebrate Trans Day of Remembrance, Charis Books hosts Dr. Elijah Nicholas for an all ages story hour and reading of his new children’s book, Madoodle, with a parent and teacher Q&A to follow. The event is appropriate for children ages 3 and up and for adults of all ages working to become better allies to Trans folks. Free, via Crowdcast.

Words & Pictures: Jerry Craft
Sunday, November 22, 2:30pm EST
As part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series, New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist talks about his newest children’s book, Class Act, about being one of the few kids of color at a prestigious private school. Tickets are free. 

Re-Inventing the Sacred Text: Audre Lorde and Biomythography
Saturday, November 21, 2:30pm EST
Facilitated by Sherese Francis (Lucy’s Bone Scrolls), this event is part of a Reading and Discussion series that takes a deeper look into the work of Audre Lorde and her view of language and storytelling as powerful technologies for self-empowerment. Saturday’s event will include reading excerpts from Lorde’s biomythography, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, and discuss how grounding in cultural mythology and creating our own mythologies gives a sacredness to our lives and creates codes for us to make ourselves in our own images. Free. Register here.

WomenWriteBloom Salon and Open Mic
Saturday, November 21, 3:00pm EST
Curated by JP Howard, the Women Writers Bloom Poetry Salon and Multi-genre Open Mic will feature readings from Denice Frohman, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (TwERK), Cathy Linh Che (Split), Safia Jama (Notes on Resilience) and Naomi Extra (Ratchet Supreme). Co-Hosted by JP Howard (SAY/MIRROR) and Cynthia Manick (Hallelujahs). Free, with registration.

Author Conversation: Barcelona Days
Saturday, November 21, 7:00pm EST
White Whale Bookstore will host author Daniel Riley in conversation with New York Times staff writer Caity Weaver for a discussion around Daniel’s latest book, Barcelona Days. Free, via Zoom.


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