Your Week in Virtual Book Events, April 19th to April 25th
Including Ploughshares’ Awards Celebration and the 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival
Camille T. Dungy and Ed Roberson In Conversation
Monday, April 19, 7:00 pm EDT
Camille T. Dungy and Ed Roberson will discuss environmental degradation, blackness, and their latest books, Trophic Cascade and Asked What Has Changed, respectively. Free, via Zoom.
Gina Frangello, in Conversation with Lacy Crawford
Monday, April 19, 8:00 pm EDT
Join Modernwell for a discussion with author Gina Frangello, about her new and thought-provoking memoir Blow Your House Down, which unpacks topics like feminism and treason. Frangello will be in conversation with Lacy Crawford, author of the novel Early Decision and the memoir Notes on a Silencing. Free, with registration.
Japanese Literature in Translation: Izumi Suzuki’s Terminal Boredom
Tuesday, April 20, 12:30 pm EDT
A panel of Japanese-to-English literary translators joins The Center for Fiction to celebrate the launch of science-fiction legend Izumi Suzuki’s first English-translated book, Terminal Boredom, a collection of speculative short stories. Free, via Zoom.
Adam Y. Stern – “Survival: A Theological-Political Genealogy” – Sam Catlin, Kristen Collins, and Sarah Hammerschlag
Tuesday, April 20, 1:00 pm EDT
Adam Y. Stern will discuss Survival: Theological-Political Genealogy. He will be joined in conversation by Sam Catlin, Kristen Collins, and Sarah Hammerschlag. Presented in partnership with the Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies. Free, with registration.
Ted Rall And Pablo Callejo in Conversation
Tuesday, April 20, 1:00 pm EDT
Join Rain Taxi for a special lunchtime conversation on politics, prose, and pictures with graphic novel creation duo Ted Rall and Pablo Callejo. Their new book, The Stringer, is an ode to when fact-based journalism mattered, set at an important turning point a few years ago, as well as a globe-trotting, action-packed, timely statement about how a society without a vibrant independent culture of reporting can degenerate into chaos. Free, via Crowdcast.
A Virtual Conversation with Lee Durkee and George Singleton
Tuesday, April 20, 6:00 pm EDT
Join Lee Durkee for a virtual event in conversation with Hub City Press author George Singleton to celebrate the new paperback release of Durkee’s novel The Last Taxi Driver. Free, with registration.
Hadassah Lieberman and Sylvia Neil in Conversation
Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 pm EDT
Hadassah Lieberman will discuss Hadassah: An American Story, story of her extraordinary life: from her family’s experience in Eastern Europe to their move to Gardner, Massachusetts; forging her career; experiencing divorce; and, following her remarriage, her life on the national political stage.. She will be joined in conversation by Sylvia Neil. Free, with registration.
Heather McGhee and Helene D. Gayle in Conversation
Tuesday, April 20, 8:00 pm EDT
Heather McGhee will discuss The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, which is a deeply personal journey across the country from Maine to Mississippi to California, charting what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm. She will be joined in conversation by Helene D. Gayle, the former president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. Free, with registration.
Lauren Hough with Ashley C. Ford
Tuesday, April 20, 10:30 pm EDT
Lauren Hough shares from Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing, her new memoir of essays, in conversation with writer and educator Ashley C. Ford. Hough brings us on her life journey, one where she’s loaded up her car and started over, trading one life for the next. Tickets start at $5. Register here.
A Conversation with Derek Attridge
Wednesday, April 21, 1:00 pm EDT
Derek Attridge will discuss his book, The Experience of Poetry: From Homer’s Listeners to Shakespeare’s Readers, which explores the experience of poetry across Ancient Greece and Rome, Europe during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and Britain during the Renaissance. He will be joined by discussants Sarah Nooter, Rosanna Warren, and Timothy Harrison. Free, with registration.
Send a Runner: A Navajo Honors the Long Walk
Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 pm EDT
Edison Eskeets and Jim Kristofic will discuss their lyrical nonfiction book Send a Runner: A Navajo Honors the Long Walk for the NEA Big Read program. Free, via Zoom.
Gila Ashtor and Emily Rapp Black – “Aural History” and “Sanctuary”
Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 pm EDT
Gila Ashtor and Emily Rapp Black will discuss the genre of memoir, memory, and their latest books, Aural History and Sanctuary, respectively. Free, with registration.
Trauma and Healing Through Magic in Speculative Fiction
Wednesday, April 21, 7:30 pm EDT
K.M. Szpara, Anita Kopacz, Kerstin Hall, and Lee Mandelo take a deep dive into speculative fiction. Each of the authors will discuss their newest works, slated for publication in 2021, and their journeys into the genre. Blending the literary and the unreal, their new books explore themes of trauma and healing in the architecture of other worlds. Free, with registration.
Elizabeth McCracken & S. Kirk Walsh – The Souvenir Museum, The Elephant of Belfast
Wednesday, April 21, 8:00 pm EDT
One of the most treasured writers of our day, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken, is an undisputed virtuoso of the short story, and this new collection features her most vibrant and heartrending work. She is joined by S. Kirk Walsh, author of The Elephant of Belfast. Free, with registration.
Book Club with Maggie O’Farrell
Thursday, April 22, 2:00 pm EDT
Author Maggie O’Farrell will join us to talk about her Women’s Prize-winning novel, Hamnet, for our next Guardian Live Book Club. Tickets start at 5 Euro. Register here.
Ploughshares Awards Celebration
Thursday, April 22, 5:30 pm EDT
Join Ploughshares for a virtual reception to celebrate the winners of the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction, Ashley Leigh Bourne Prize for Fiction, and the Emerging Writer’s Contest. Free (though donations are welcome), with registration.
Transnational Series: Layla AlAmmar and Hala Alyan with Jess Rizkallah
Thursday, April 22, 6:00 pm EDT
Join the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith for a virtual event with Layla AlAmmar and Hala Alyan to discuss their new books Silence Is a Sense and The Arsonists’ City. They’ll be in conversation with poet Jess Rizkallah. Free, with registration.
Alaina E. Roberts, Presented with the University of Pittsburgh History Department
Thursday, April 22, 7:00 pm EDT
Join Alaina E. Roberts as she talks about her book I’ve Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land. Free, with registration.
Elizabeth Kolbert and Eula Biss in Conversation
Thursday, April 22, 8:00 pm EDT
Elizabeth Kolbert will discuss Under a White Sky, which takes a hard look at the new world we are creating . She will be joined in conversation by Eula Biss. Free, with registration.
The 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival
Saturday, April 24, 9:00 am — 6:00 pm EDT
The #AntiracistBookfest is the first and only book festival that brings together, showcases, and celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers and helps to prepare the writers of tomorrow. Panels are topically organized with two authors and a moderator. There will also be workshops for writers facilitated by leading book editors and literary agents. The National Antiracist Book Festival is a ticketed event. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the work of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Tickets start at $10 for all events; different deals are available. Register here.
Polly Barton, in conversation with Marika McCoola
Saturday, April 24, 12:00 pm EDT
Join Porter Square Books for a Independent Bookstore Day special—a virtual talk with Polly Barton, translator of Porter Square Books’ Staff Pick of 2021, Where The Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda! Polly Barton will be joined in conversation by PSB’s own Marika McCoola. Free, via Crowdcast.
Ohioana Book Festival Spotlight on Tin House
Saturday, April 24, 3:00 pm EDT
Since the first Ohioana Book Festival was held with ten authors in 2007, the festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. In 2021 we will welcome 140 authors and illustrators to our second virtual festival. Free.
Indie Bookstore Day/National Poetry Month Celebration
Saturday, April 24, 8:00 pm EDT
Sy Hoahwh (whose poems were featured on LitHub in February!) will be reading with Allison Funk, Jason Sommer, & Marjorie Stelmach for Left Bank Books. Free, via Facebook Live.
COUNTERpult: A Roots. Wounds. Words. Storyteller Showcase
Sunday, April 25, 7:00 pm EDT
COUNTERpult is the premiere monthly storyteller showcase that catapults onto centerstage BIPOC narratives. Each month, four poets and writers share one mic in celebration of our experiences and storytelling traditions. Hosted by T’challa Williams, this month’s COUNTERpult showcase features Mahogany L. Browne (Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, and Black Girl Magic), Tahirah Alexander Green, Kofi Antwi (Tidal Wave), and ena ganguly. Registration is free or donation-based. Free, with registration.