Today's Featured Books— Events

Free online: Literary Editions 2024 with the University of Alberta Press


Free online: Literary Editions 2024. Hosted by the University of Alberta Press, this listening party will feature poetry from UAlberta Press’ newest collections: That Audible Slippage by Margaret Christakos, Deviant by Patrick Grace, and Northerny by Dawn Macdonald. Wednesday, April 24, 5:00 - 6:30 MT.

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." ~Leonard Cohen

Free online: Earth Week Speaker Series


Free online: Earth Week Speaker Series. Earth Day is April 22, and the SWBR design firm is sponsoring a weeklong speaker series on such topics as architecture, sustainability policy, community planning, and more. April 22 - 26. 

"Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." ~Carl Sagan

Free online Sunday: The Back Room


Free online: The Back Room. LitNuts often recommends The Back Room events because of their unique format: Each event starts with a short introduction to a panel of four authors. The audience is then divided into four breakout rooms. Everyone’s video is turned on and their mics are unmuted, allowing for informal, face-to-face discussion. It’s all very relaxed and casual and fun—like a virtual cocktail party! This week's authors are Rene Denfeld, Paul Doiron, Nick Medina, and Robin Peguero. Sunday, April 21, 6 - 8 PM CDT.

"Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties." ~Oscar Wilde

Free online: Strong Women, Strange Worlds


Free online: Strong Women, Strange Worlds. Join this First Friday/Third Thursday event, which is essentially a "tasting menu" of science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. Each session features six authors who will each have eight minutes to tempt and tantalizing you with their reading. Thursday, April 18, 6 - 7 PM CDT. 

"Certain places seem to exist mainly because someone has written about them." ~Joan Didion

Free online: Street Photography Webinar


Free online: Unleashing the Magic of Everyday Discoveries, sponsored by Nikon. Join photographer Audrey Woulard for this free online class on street photography and learn to discover the extraordinary in seemingly ordinary places along the street. Tuesday, April 16, 6 - 7 PM CST. 

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ~Ansel Adams

Free online: Rogue Reads


Free online: Join Rogue Reads for a star-studded night with authors Anne Hillerman (Lost Birds), Lisa Gardner (Still See You Everywhere), Robert Dugoni (A Killing on the Hill), and Carter Wilson (The Father She Went to Find). All authors will be participating "live" to talk about their new books and take your questions. Monday, April 15, 7 PM EST. 

"The true nature of the human heart is as whimsical as spring weather. All signals may aim toward a fall of rain when suddenly the skies will clear." ~Maya Angelou

Free online: What's New in Historical Fiction


Free online: What's New in Historical Fiction. Join Colin Mustful, founder of History Through Fiction, for a panel discussion featuring Jennifer Ryan, author of The Underground Library; K.D. Alden, author of Lady Codebreaker; Sara Donati, author of The Sweet Blue Distance; and Lora Chilton, author of 1666. Monday, April 8, 7 - 8 PM CDT.

"If you want to understand today you have to search yesterday." ~Pearl S. Buck

Free online: The Back Room


Free online: The Back Room. Join authors Erin E. Adams, Lisa Gardner, Karen E. Olson, and Carter Wilson for an evening of great conversation. Sunday, April 7, 6 - 8 PM CDT. 

"The sun just touched the morning; / The morning, happy thing, / Supposed that he had come to dwell, / And life would be all spring." ~Emily Dickinson

Free online: Friends & Fiction


Free online: Friends & Fiction. Every Wednesday at 7 PM ET, four NYT bestselling authors (Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Patti Callahan Henry) host "Friends & Fiction" and chat with some of the biggest names in publishing about the books the literary world is buzzing about. They also have an archive of 200+ past episodes that you can watch on demand. Wednesday, April 3, 7 PM ET.

"There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature." ~P.G. Wodehouse

Free online: A Sweeping History of Food and Culture


Free online: A Sweeping History of Food and Culture. Virtually step into the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History with Curator Paula Johnson as she discusses the book Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us, a sweeping history of food and culture that summons everyone to the table for a fresh look at some of the people, ingredients, events, and movements that have shaped how and what we eat. Tuesday, April 2, 2:00 PM EDT.

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." ~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Free online: The Art Institute of Chicago "Essentials" Tour


Free online: The Art Institute of Chicago "Essentials" Tour. Spend some time with AIC's most iconic works of art and get insights from the experts with this special video series, including close looks at Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884, Vincent van Gogh’s The Bedroom, Marc Chagall’s America Windows, Archibald John Motley Jr.’s Nightlife, and more. Watch the videos anytime, on demand. You can also keep an eye on the calendar of AIC free online events

"In art, as in life, everything is possible as long as it is based on love." ~Marc Chagall

Free online: A virtual tour of Rome's private art collections!


Free online: A virtual tour of Rome's private art collections! Experience the opulence of the Borghese Gallery and its Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces. Wander through the historic halls of Palazzo Colonna, adorned with breathtaking artworks and architectural marvels. Explore Palazzo Spada, where the fusion of art and illusion creates a captivating experience. Step into the serene grandeur of the Doria Pamphilj and its treasure trove of art. Conclude with the Farnesina, a Renaissance gem that houses some of the most exquisite frescoes by Raphael. Thursday, March 28, 9 PM Rome, 8 PM London, 4 PM NYC, 1 PM LA.

"I went to see this picture [Raphael's Madonna della Sedia] just to have a good laugh – and I found myself in front of the most wonderfully free, solid, simple, alive painting it is possible to imagine." ~Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1882

Last call: Earn rewards in The Chimera Snare Kickstarter


Last call! Be part of a unique publishing project by participating in The Chimera Snare: Fragments Kickstarter campaign. The Chimera Snare is a new dark fantasy series, and readers who participate in the Kickstarter campaign can choose from a variety of rewards, including specially curated goods from a selection of independent artisans. Backers will also be acknowledged in the book's credits.

"What you pour out into the world is poured right back into you." ~Matshona Dhliwayo

Free online: B&N conversation w/author Rebecca Serle


Free online: B&N conversation with Rebecca Serle, author of Expiration Dates, a gripping and emotional novel about what it means to be single, what it means to find love, and ultimately how we define each of them for ourselves. Sunday, March 24 at 7 PM ET / 6 PM CT / 5 PM MT / 4 PM PT. 

"Worrying is wishing for what you don’t want." ~Rebecca Serle

Free online: Uffizi Gallery Masterpieces


Free online: Uffizi Gallery Virtual Tour – The Unmissable Masterpieces Discover one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world: the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. A professional guide will tell you everything you need to know about the Museum and its priceless masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio, and many others. Thursday, March 21, 2 - 3 PM CDT.

"Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation...even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind." ~Leonardo da Vinci

Free online: Blaney Lecture from the American Academy of Poets


Free online: Blaney Lecture. Join the American Academy of Poets for the 2024 Blaney Lecture: "Making the Invisible Visible: Poetry, Science, Perception-Increase, and Change" delivered by Jane Hirshfield, Chancellor Emerita of the Academy of American Poets. Tuesday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET.

“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” ~Alice Walker

Free online: Virtual tour of Tuscany!


We all love books, right? And what goes well with books? Coffee? Definitely. And wine? You bet!

With that thought in mind, we're recommending something fun for this weekend: A virtual tour of Greve, an enchanting Italian village known as the Pearl of Chianti. Whether you're a wine enthusiast, a lover of Italian culture, or simply in search of a unique virtual adventure, this immersive experience will transport you to the picturesque streets and rolling hills of Greve in Tuscany, known as the gateway to the Chianti wine region. Sunday, March 17: 5 PM in Rome, 4 PM in London, 12 PM in NYC, 9 AM in LA. 

“Language is wine upon the lips.” ~Virginia Woolf

Free online: Cultivating Resilience and Joy in Art-Making


Free online: Cultivating Resilience and Joy in Art-Making. Hosted by the Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco, artists Tara Daly, Mary Finlayson, Rachel Kaye, and Sarah Thibault come together to talk about their experience working as artists and share their challenges in cultivating resilience and longevity, including parenting, day-jobbing, moving cities, and creating community. Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 - 8 PM PDT, (8:30 - 10 PM CDT).

“My painting is what I have to give back to the world for what the world gives to me." ~Georgia O'Keeffe

Free online: Galena LitFest Mystery & Mayhem Author Panel


Free online: Galena LitFest Mystery & Mayhem Author Panel. Join award-winning and bestselling mystery authors Marcie Rendon, David Ellis, Tracy Clark, Laura Benedict, and Patricia Skalka for a panel discussion on why they love the genre, their writing processes, character development, and more. Tuesday, March 12, 6-7 PM CDT.

“Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.” ~Agatha Christie

Free online: Poetry & Conversation from the Hudson Valley Writers Center


Free online: Diane Seuss & Jane Huffman: Poetry & Conversation. Join the Hudson Valley Writers Center via Zoom for an evening of poetry and conversation with Diane Seuss and Jane Huffman. Diane Seuss is the author of six books of poetry and winner of the 2022 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. Jane Huffman’s debut poetry collection, Public Abstract, was the winner of the 2023 APR/Honickman first book prize. Sunday, March 10, 4 PM ET.

"I wish you a sexy, dangerous, jazz-shaped immortality." ~Diane Seuss

Celebrate World Book Day on March 7


March 7 is World Book Day, and helps parents and educators celebrate the day by providing free online resources for preschoolers and for children in elementary/primary and middle/secondary schools.

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” ~George R.R. Martin

Free online: International Women's Day Indie Authors Panel


Free online: International Women's Day Indie Authors Panel. Join a captivating online event celebrating the power and talent of women authors from around the world. Tuesday, March 5, 19:00 GMT (4:00 PM EST).

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Free online: Speculative Sundays Reading Series during Women’s History Month


Free online: Speculative Sundays Reading Series takes place every Sunday during Women’s History Month. This week: poet Katherine Quevedo. Sunday, March 3, 7-8 PM CST. 

“Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.” ~Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Free online: Larksong Writers Place First Friday Reading


Free online: Larksong Writers Place First Friday Reading with Pamela Petro, author of The Long Field: Wales and the Presence of Absence, A Memoir. Friday, March 1, 12 PM CST. 

"Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul." ~Joyce Carol Oates

Kick off the week by supporting indie authors


Today's featured books follow a WWII nurse, a CIA operative, a fantasy world, a man-turned-smartphone, and an exciting upcoming thriller. See these and more at

“The future is there…looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become.” ~William Gibson