Today's Featured Books— Events

Free online this week: Mindful Reinvention for Women In Midlife


Free online: Mindful Reinvention for Women In Midlife, a two-night virtual gathering focused on empowering women in midlife to embrace change and reinvent themselves through mindful intention. July 16 & 17, 7 PM CDT each night. 

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~Alice Walker

Free online Sunday: Poets in Pajamas


Free online: Poets in Pajamas. This virtual poetry reading series takes place each Sunday at 7 PM ET. This week, join poets Dorinda Wegener and Mukethe Kawinzi for two 20-minute live readings, immediately followed by Q&A. Sunday, July 14, 7 PM ET.

“What is the meaning of life? The great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark.” ~Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Free online Thursday: LitPR Summer Showcase


Free online: LitPR Summer Showcase. Join to hear from an array of indie authors, including M. N. Rosen (author of The Consciousness Company), C.F Dunn (Wheel of Fortune & Sun Ascendant), Charlotte Hastings (Kitchen Therapy), Philip Davidson (Birth of the Tiptons), and Elena Joannides (Meli & Mac). Thursday, July 11, 6-7 PM CDT.

"Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here." ~Lao Tzu

Free online Tuesday: B&N Midday Mystery


Free online: B&N Midday Mystery. Join Barnes & Noble for a discussion with Colin Walsh, author of Kala, a Book of the Year for NPR, The Guardian, GQ, and others. In this gripping literary page-turner, former friends estranged for twenty years reckon with the terrifying events of the summer that changed their lives. Tuesday, July 9, 2 PM CDT.

“It takes strength to be open to life, to the possibility things will change for the better.” ~Colin Walsh, Kala

Free online Sunday: SORTES 18 READING


Free online: SORTES 18 READING. Presented by SORTES Magazine, this event will feature readings from SORTES contributors Charles Albert, Daniel Rabuzzi, Dipti Anand, Greg Beckman, Jake Sheff, Julia Yong, Mark Russ, Marte Carlock, Michael Thériault, and/or Robert Pope. Sunday, July 7, 7 PM ET.

"Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August." ~Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Free online Friday: Larksong Writers Place First Friday Book Talk & Reading


Free online: Larksong Writers Place First Friday Book Talk & Reading with with Daniel Simon, author of Under a Gathering Sky, a quest narrative that examines the essence of questing itself. Friday, July 5, 12 PM CDT.

"It is a quest of literature throughout the ages to describe the human condition." ~Werner Herzog

Free online Tuesday: Speaking Crow Open Mic


Free online: Speaking Crow is an open mic poetry event sponsored by by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. Tuesday, July 2, 8:30 PM CDT. 

"Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it." ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Free online: Sunday Salon Chicago


Free online: Sunday Salon Chicago. Hosted by Roscoe Books, Sunday Salon Chicago is an in-person and online event. This Sunday, join authors Luisa A. Igloria, Felice Neals, Patricia Q. Bidar, and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki as they read from recent writings and published works. Sunday, June 30, 6 PM CDT.

"Big-shot town, small-shot town, jet-propelled old-fashioned town, by old-world hands with new-world tools built into a place whose heartbeat carries farther than its shout." ~Nelson Algren, Chicago: City on the Make

Free online Thursday: Voices at Larksong


Free online: Voices at Larksong, a monthly reading series hosted by Larksong Writers Place featuring writers of all genres, plus the occasional musician. This month: authors J.V. Brummels and Chad Christensen will be on hand. Thursday, June 27, 6 PM CDT. (If you happen to be in area, you can attend in person at 1600 N. Cotner Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68505.)

“It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.” ~S.I. Hayakawa

Free online Saturday: Summer Solstice Meditation


Free online: Summer Solstice Meditation. The summer solstice is a time of new beginnings, a time to embrace the new and let go of the old. This free 30-minute meditation session will give you an opportunity to pause and reflect on what you want to celebrate and invite into your life as the summer begins. Saturday, June 22, 1 – 1:30 PM EDT. 

Speaking of free: Today's Featured Books include three freebies and three ebooks priced at only 99 cents! See all of our Featured Books at

"This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future, the place of caught breath." ~Margaret Atwood

Five free virtual museum tours to celebrate Juneteenth


Free online: Touring a Black culture museum is a great way to celebrate Juneteenth. Here are five museums you can visit free via virtual tours:

"The more I wonder, the more I love." ~Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Free online: The Book-Makers, a History of the Book


Free online: The Book-Makers. Join Professor Adam Smyth of Oxford University for this free discussion of the history of books. Tuesday, June 18, 9 AM CDT.

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” ~Annie Dillard, The Living

Free online Sunday: Intense Summer Reads at The Back Room


Free online: Intense Summer Reads at The Back Room. Join the authors of four new thrillers for readings, conversation, and cocktails. Featured authors include Kate White, author of The Last Time She Saw Him; Charlie Donlea, author of Long Time Gone; Meg Gardiner, author of Shadowheart; and Walter Mosley, author of Farewell, Amethystine. Sunday, June 16, 7 PM ET.

“Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers.” ~Ray Bradbury

Free online: Poetry Masters Party & Poetry Slam!


Free online: Poetry Masters Party & Poetry Slam! Get ready for a virtual party filled with top-notch poetry performances and an epic poetry slam competition. Thursday, June 13, 6:30 - 8 PM CDT. 

"There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either." ~Robert Graves

Free online: Poetry and the Art of Giving Attention


Free online: Poetry and the Art of Giving Attention. In this virtual class, participants will use creative writing to articulate our wonder, care, and astonishment at the world. All experience levels are welcome—for this class, a poet is defined simply be a person who pays attention. All you need is a pen and notebook or paper. Tuesday, June 11, 2 - 3 PM CDT. 

"Be brief, be buoyant, and be brilliant." ~Brander Matthews on poetry

Free online: Book Buzz at the New York Public Library


Free online: Book Buzz. Join the librarians of the New York Public Library for a special presentation about forthcoming books to spark your reading curiosity. Saturday, June 8, 11 AM - 12 PM EDT.

"You build a thousand castles, a thousand sanctuaries, you are nothing; you build a library, you are everything!" ~Mehmet Murat ildan

Free online: Larksong Writers Place First Friday Book Talk & Reading


Free online: First Friday Book Talk & Reading. Hosted by Larksong Writers Place, LeeAnn Roripaugh will read from Reveal Codes, her collection of short stories that won the Moon City Short Fiction Award. Roripaugh is Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she also serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review. Friday, May 7, 12 PM CDT.

“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.” ~George Saunders

Free online Tuesday: Coffee & a Short Story at the NYPL


Free online: Coffee and a Short Story. Join the New York Public Library for a free online discussion of "Soldier's Home" by Ernest Hemmingway. You can read the short story for free ahead of time via the NYPL website.  Tuesday, June 4, 12 - 1 PM EDT.

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ~Ernest Hemingway

Free online tonight: That's Absurd!


Free online tonight: That's Absurd! Join for a wild and wacky online live reading event to hear from a collection of authors from the upcoming That's Absurd! anthology. Friday, May 31, 6:30 PM CDT. 

“In tragedy every moment is eternity; in comedy, eternity is a moment.” ~Christopher Fry

Free online tonight: 2024 Anne Halley Poetry Prize Reading


Free online tonight: 2024 Anne Halley Poetry Prize Reading. Hosted by The Massachusetts Review, tonight's event honors 2024 Anne Halley Prize winner Michael Lavers, who will read his prize-winning poem "Sun, Birds, and Leaves" and other works. Wednesday, May 29, 7 PM EDT. 

"If the next is better, I’ll still miss this world." ~Michael Lavers, "Coda"

Free online: Reading at Malaprop's Bookstore, Asheville, NC


Free online: Literary event at Malaprop's Bookstore, Asheville, NC, Join Mesha Maren, author of the new novel Shae, and Ellen Birkett Morris, author of the award-winning debut novel Beware the Tall Grass, for a reading and conversation. Monday, May 28, 6-7 PM EDT.

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Free online Sunday: The Back Room with Sara Paretsky!


Free online: The Back Room. Enjoy an evening of cocktails and conversation with four authors, including Janie Chang, Sally Hepworth, Vanessa Miller, and Sara Paretsky, creator of the V.I. Warshawski novels and recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers Association. Sunday, May 26, 6-8 PM CDT. 

"Never underestimate a man's ability to underestimate a woman." ~Sara Paretsky

Free online tonight: Friends & Fiction


Free online tonight: Friends & Fiction. Join the hosts of Friends & Fiction for interviews with bestselling authors on a show that airs live on Facebook and YouTube. Bonus: More than 200 back episodes are available for replay on YouTube! Every Wednesday at 7 PM ET.

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” ~A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Free online tonight: Rogue Reads


Free online: Rogue Reads. Presented by Rogue Women Writers, tune in for a lively conversation and Q&A with authors Meg Gardiner, Kellye Garrett, Omar Tyree, and Nolan Chase. Monday, May 20, 7 PM EST. 

“Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.” ~Patti Smith, Just Kids

Free online: Jazz Poetry 2024


Free online: Jazz Poetry 2024. Jazz Poetry Month is an annual celebration of experimentation, collaboration, and connection between art forms and between artist and audience. This year, 50+ artists are joining the celebration. This weekend, Juno Award–winning pianist Andy Milne will perform with poets Noah Arhm Choi, Jonathan Moody, Justin Perez, and Monica Sok. Sunday, May 19, 6:00 - 7:30 EDT. 

“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” ~Art Blakey