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 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 (12 PM MDT)
    Colorado Center for the Book
    Veterans Writing Lunch and Learn Online Workshops: Research 101: How to begin writing a book!
  • 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 11, 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 [email protected].

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 21, 2 PM EDT (12 PM MDT)
    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 EDT (7 PM MDT)
    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 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 25, 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 [email protected].

October 26–31

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November 2020

November 1–8

November 9–15

  • 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 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 16–22

November 23–30

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