Today's Featured Books— Events

Free online: We'll Always Have Paris


Free online: We'll Always Have Paris. Authors Aimie K. Runyan and Bryn Turnbull discuss captivating historical novels set in Paris that explore the power of women’s resistance during wartime. Thursday, October 12, 8:40 AM CDT.

“She realized that the landscape of a woman’s soul could change as quickly as a world at war.” ~Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

Free online: Laughing Through the Pain


Free online: Laughing Through the Pain. Join author Alyssa Graybeal for a discussion of her memoir, Floppy: Tales of a Genetic Freak of Nature at the End of the World, which playfully and thoughtfully explores the emotional landscape of living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome from a patient’s perspective. Wednesday, October 11, 9:30 a.m. CDT. 

“I am satisfied...I see, dance, laugh, sing.” ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Free online: BookWoman Poetry


Free online: BookWoman Poetry. Join poets Lindsey Royce, Aliki Barnstone, and Sandi Stromberg for this free online literary event, presented by the BookWoman bookstore of Austin, Texas. Sunday, October 8, 3:30 - 5:00 PM CDT.  

"And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves..." ~Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Free online: Larksong Writers Place Book Talk & Reading


Free online: Larksong Writers Place First Friday Book Talk and Reading with Kevin Clouther, recipient of the Richard Yates Fiction Award and author of We Were Flying to Chicago: Stories and the soon-to-be-released short story collection Maximum Speed. Friday, October 6, 12 PM CDT. 

"You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans." ~Tom Robbins

Free online: B&N Book Club


Free online: B&N Book Club. Join Barnes & Noble for a virtual event to discuss Happiness Falls by Angie Kim. When a father goes missing, his family’s desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another—both a riveting page-turner and a deeply moving portrait of a family in crisis. Tuesday, October 3, 2 PM CDT. 

“The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.” ~Eudora Welty

Free online from the Brooklyn Book Festival: Can Science Fiction Change the World?


Free online Saturday: Can Science Fiction Change the World?, a panel discussion brought to you live from the Brooklyn Book Festival. Featuring sci-fi authors Cadwell Turnbull, Rebekah Bergman, Justin C. Key, and Luke Dani Blue. Saturday, September 30, 4 - 6 PM EDT. 

"That's all science fiction was ever about. Hating the way things are, wanting to make things different." ~Ray Bradbury

Free online: Speak from the Heart - How to Change the World in Quiet Ways


Free online: A Speak from the Heart Author Conversation. Brought to you by The Birth Your Truest Story community, hosts Audrey Kalman and Jennifer Browdy interview award-winning writer, editor, speaker, and communications consultant Dorcas Cheng-Tozun about her most recent book, Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul: How to Change the World in Quiet Ways. They'll talk about her challenges as an introverted activist and how she brings her unique gifts as a writer to the work that matters so much to her. Thursday, September 28, 4:00 - 5:30 PM PDT.

“Even when things are hard and exhausting and uncertain, they can still be good.” ~Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

Free online: The Collectors - stories for young adults


Free online: The Collectors is an anthology of stories for young adults about remarkable people and their strange and surprising collections. This free online event will feature four contributors who tell stories in which anything can be collected and any collection can tell a story. Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 - 7:00 CDT.

“Anyone who has a book collection and a garden wants for nothing.” ~Cicero

Mystery, Thriller, Crime & Horror Special Edition


Fall is officially here in the Northern Hemisphere (Happy Spring to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere!), and we're only a little more than a month away from Halloween, making this the perfect time for a special edition newsletter full of great mystery, thriller, crime, and horror reads! Check out these special offers (including two "freebies") on new and highly rated indie titles. 

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

Free online Sunday: The Back Room


Free online this weekend: The Back Room. Join authors Jeff Abbott, Sara DiVello, Angie Kim, and Joshua Moehling for an evening of great conversation. Sunday, September 24, 6 PM CDT. 

Free today: Today's Featured Books include four freebies and five highly rated indie books at great prices. 

“You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Free online: Strong Women, Strange Worlds


Free online: Strong Women, Strange Worlds. Described as "a tasting menu of speculative fiction delights," this event features six authors who get eight minutes each to share their science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Wednesday, September 20, 7 PM EDT. 

“You had the power all along, my dear.” ~Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Free online lit event: The Writers' Room of Boston


Free online: Readings from the Room. Located in downtown Boston and near public transportation, The Writers’ Room of Boston provides a safe and accessible location for writers working in every literary genre. The Room also provides free virtual programs and events open to the public, including readings this week from poets Daniel Brock Johnson and Richard Hoffman. Tuesday, September 19, 7 PM EDT. 

“Boston has opened and kept open, more turnpikes that lead straight to free thought and free speech and free deeds than any other city of live or dead men.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Free online - Evergreen: The History of Little Tokyo


Free online: Evergreen - The History of Little TokyoJoin Edgar Awardwinning author Naomi Hirahara for a dive into the history of Little Tokyo through her newest book, Evergreen, the story of a Japanese American nurse’s aide who navigates the dangers of post–World War II as she attempts to find justice for a broken family. Sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum. Saturday, September 9, 2 PM PDT. 

"In a time of destruction, create something." ~Maxine Hong Kingston

Free online: A Royal Rendezvous


Free online: A Royal Rendezvous: Unveiling the Secrets of Windsor. Join Colin Mustful, the founder and editor of History Through Fiction, and acclaimed authors Christine Wells and Bryn Turnbull for a conversation that will revolve around Christine's highly anticipated historical novel, The Royal Windsor Secret, a story that imagines the life of a young woman who believes she is the secret daughter of the Prince of Wales, Edward VIII. They will also discuss a second scandalous chapter in Edward VIII’s life through Bryn’s bestselling debut novel, The Woman Before Wallis, about the life of Viscountess Thelma Furness, Edward VIII’s mistress who fatefully introduced him to Wallis Simpson and lit the flame of the abdication crisis. Thursday, September 7, 4 PM CDT. 

"All kings is mostly rapscallions." ~Mark Twain

Free online: Make your own kinetic art!


Online art experiment: Kinetic Sculptures. This free online class is great for all ages and abilities. Youth 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Recommended materials: wire (bendable but sturdy), jewelry jump rings, assorted cardstock papers, pliers. Presented by the Dunlop Art Gallery of Regina, Saskatchewan. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 8 PM CDT.

“I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it.” ~Studs Terkel

Free online: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Free online: Literature and Lapdogs presents Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, an introduction to her life and works. In this 10-part series, readers will explore Virginia Woolf's (1882-1941) most famous works. Led by noted Woolf scholar Charlotte Fiehn, these discussions will offer a great opportunity to read (or revisit) Woolf's work and learn more about her life and impact. Begins Sunday, September 3, 3 PM CDT.

“I don’t believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.” ~Virginia Woolf, from her diary (October 2, 1932)

Free Books and Free Online Literary Event


Free online Friday: Larksong Writers Place Book Talk and Reading. Author Jessica Hendry Nelson will read from her upcoming memoir, Joy Rides through the Tunnel of Grief, winner of the AWP Sue William Silverman Prize in Creative Nonfiction. September 1, 12 PM Central Time.

Free online today: Our Featured Books for August 30 include several freebies! See all of today's Featured Books at

“When you deal with nonfiction you deal with human characters.” ~Marya Hornbacher

Free online: Book Buzz - Fall's Most Anticipated Books


Free online: Book Buzz. Librarians from the Santa Clara (California) Library will share the adult fiction and nonfiction titles they are most excited to read during the next few months. Attendees will have the chance to win free advance copies of some of the upcoming season's most anticipated books. Tuesday, August 29, 8 PM CDT. 

"Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one." ~Neil Gaiman

Free online this weekend: Able Muse Press Book Launch!


Free online: Join Able Muse Press for a book launch reading with critically acclaimed authors William Baer, Daniel Galef, and Katie Hartsock. Saturday, August 26, 3 PM - 4:30 PM EDT. 

"Every time I travel / I meet myself a little more." ~from "coordinates" by Yrsa Daley-Ward

New giveaway: Win a bundle of historical romance novels!


Giveaway: Historical Romance. Win a bundle of 20 historical romance novels plus a new e-reader ($250 value!). Deadline for entry: August 30.

"History tells us what people do; historical fiction helps us imagine how they felt." ~Guy Vanderhaeghe

Free online this weekend: The Back Room Cocktails & Conversation


Free online: The Back Room - Cocktails and Conversation with Your Favorite Authors. Join authors Brian Andrews & Jeff Wilson, Naomi Hirahara, Ken Jaworowski, and Sarah Pekkanen for an evening of great conversation. Sunday, August 20, 6-8 p.m. CDT.

"Breathe the sweetness that hovers in August." ~Denise Levertov

Free online: Strong Women, Strange Worlds


Free online literary event: Strong Women, Strange Worlds presents Third Thursday QuickReads of Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Horror. Thursday, August 17, 7 p.m. EDT.

“If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself.” ~Mindy Kaling

Free online Tuesday: The Invisible Women's Club


Free online: The Somerset Libraries (located in the southwest of England) present An Evening With Author Helen Paris, author of The Invisible Women's Club, "a story of friendship, female lives post-menopause, community spirit, and the importance of connection and finding your voice." Tuesday, August 14, 7:30 p.m. British Summer Time, 1:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. 

“Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~Betty Friedan

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Attend online August 12-28


The Edinburgh International Book Festival brings 500 leading and emerging international, British, and Scottish authors and thinkers together to inspire each other and audiences in an extensive program of public events. Can't make it to Edinburgh? No problem! There are 6-8 online events each day. Tip: On the festival home page, scroll down to "Explore the Programme" and then search for "Watch online only" events. August 12 - 28.

"Perhaps we've got so involved in the false selves we project on social media that we've forgotten that our real selves, our private selves, are different, are worth saving." ~Frankie Boyle

Free online tonight: The Four Agreements


Free online tonight: The Four Agreements. No, it's not a rock music group. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a book intended to help people achieve personal freedom and happiness by focusing on four things: being impeccable with our word, not taking anything personally, not making assumptions, and always doing our best. Wednesday, August 9, 8 PM CDT.

"Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now." ~Don Miguel Ruiz