Today's Featured Books— Events

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

Free online: Third Thursday Quick Read


Free online: Third Thursday Quick Read. Sponsored by Strong Women, Strange Worlds, this reading series offers a "tasting menu" of science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. Six authors will each have 8 minutes to tempt and tantalizing you with their reading. Thursday, May 16, 6 - 7 PM CDT. 

“Miracles surround us at every turn, if we but sharpen our perceptions to them.” ~Willa Cather

Free online: Coffee and a Short Story at the NYPL


Free online: Coffee and a Short Story. Hosted online by the New York Public Library, this series invites booklovers to join an online discussion of a selected short story. This week, the NYPL staff will discuss "A Report for an Academy" by Franz Kafka. Tuesday, May 14, 12-1 PM EDT. 

"We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes." ~Franz Kafka

Free online: The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum


Free online: The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Sante Fe, New Mexico, is dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and her contributions to American Modernism. The museum website offers creative activities, stories, and education about Georgia O’Keeffe’s life, along with several virtual exhibits available through Google Arts and Culture

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

Free online Tuesday: Memories at the Museum


Free online: Memories at the Museum. In the virtual tour of the San Diego Museum of Art, docents with the Memories at the Museum program engage people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and an accompanying family member or friend in discussions about artwork to stimulate visual and verbal abilities, and to spark memory. Tuesday, May 7, 2 - 3 PM PDT. 

"Gratitude is the heart's memory." ~French proverb

Free online Sunday: The Back Room


Free online: The Back Room. Join authors Ashley Elston, Michael Koryta, K.T. Nguyen, and Kaira Rouda for this virtual cocktail party. The program begins with brief introductions, a game of 20 questions, and book recommendations from the authors. Attendees are then divided into breakout rooms that will be visited by each author. Everyone’s video is turned on and their mics are open so you can chat with the authors about whatever you like. Sunday, May 5, 6 - 8 PM CDT.

"May is the month of expectation, the month of wishes, the month of hope." ~Emily Brontë

Free online tonight: Friends & Fiction


Free online tonight: Friends & Fiction. Join the hosts of this popular web show as they interview bestselling authors. Tonight's guest: Janet Skeslien Charles, a New York Times and international bestselling author whose work has been translated into 37 languages. Wednesday, May 1, 7 PM EST.

"Books and ideas are like blood; they need to circulate, and they keep us alive." ~Janet Skeslien Charles, The Paris Library

Free online Saturday: Elevate Your Life!


Free online: Elevate Your Life, practical steps to take charge of your life. Join this free virtual event featuring five keynote speakers on such topics as "Ignite Your Intuition," "Claiming and Staking Your Boundaries," "Triumph over Trauma," and more. Saturday, April 27, 10 AM - 1 PM PST.

"If you own this story you get to write the ending." ~Brené Brown

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