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Your guide to October’s free virtual literary events.

Katie Yee

October 4, 2022, 1:23pm

Autumn is the most literary season. That’s just a fact. No better time to grab a mug, curl up on the couch, and turn on one of these free virtual events.


In Conversation: Celeste Ng and Emma Straub
October 4 @ 7pm EST (today!)

Celeste Ng’s highly anticipated new novel, Our Missing Hearts, is out today, and Books Are Magic is hosting its launch. Catch it on livestream here.

In Conversation: Elizabeth McCracken and Rumaan Alam
October 5 @ 7pm EST (tomorrow!)

Elizabeth McCracken’s The Hero of This Book hits shelves today. Listen to the author in conversation with Rumaan Alam here.

In Celebration of The Future is Disabled
October 13 @ 7pm EST

What if disability justice and disabled wisdom are crucial to creating a future in which it’s possible to survive fascism, climate change, and pandemics, and to bring about liberation? Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in welcoming Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s highly anticipated collection of essays into the world. RSVP here.

Center for Fiction: A Final Reading with the 2021-2022 Emerging Writer Fellows
October 13 @ 7pm EST

The Center for Fiction’s Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellows round out their cohort year with one final reading. (Next year’s fellows will also be announced!) You can join them in person, or virtually, with registration.

In Conversation: Jason Reynolds and John Irving
October 13 @ 7pm EST

The authors of Ain’t Burned All the Bright and The Last Chairlift come together for a conversation hosted by the Seminary Co-op. Register here.

Launch: Jean-Thomas Tremblay’s Breathing Aesthetics
October 25 @ 6pm EST

Celebrate the release of Jean-Thomas Tremblay’s new book, Breathing Aesthetics with a reading and conversation with Jennifer Scappettone. Co-presented by the Seminary Co-op and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago, this event is free with registration.

PEN America: 2022 Emerging Voices Final Reading
October 26 @ 8pm EST

This year’s Emerging Voices Fellows are wrapping up their mentorship term with a final reading. Free with registration.

Graywolf Literary Salon
October 27 @ 8:30pm EST

Join Carmen Giménez, Lars Horn, Ander Monson, Courtney Faye Taylor, and Jacinda Townsend for a reading of new work and a conversation about how obsession propels the writing process. Register here.

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