Here Are Some Great Virtual Book Events Happening This Week

Readings from the year's best short stories, a panel on feminist YA fiction, tons of events and deals for Indie Bookstore Day, and much more.

Sunday, August 23

Jessica J. Lee, discusses Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Family's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains and Coasts, in conversation with EsmΓ© Weijun Wang β€” hosted by White Whale Bookstore, 3 p.m. ET, more info.

Megan Margulies discusses My Captain America: A Granddaughter's Memoir of a Legendary Comic Book Artist with Jacque Nodell β€” hosted by Powell's Books, 2 p.m. PT, more info.

Translator Kristen Gehrman discusses The Tree and the Vine and the queer fiction of Dola de Jong with Jennifer Croft β€” hosted by City Lights Bookstore, 12 p.m. PT, more info.

Monday, August 24

David Heska Wanbli Weiden discusses Winter Counts with William Kent Krueger β€” hosted by The Poisoned Pen, 6 p.m. MT, more info.

Greg Mania discusses Born to Be Public with Samantha Irby β€” hosted by Books Are Magic, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Emily Anthes discusses The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness with Carl Zimmer β€” hosted by Harvard Book Store, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Leah Franqui discusses Mother Land β€” hosted by Literati, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Porter Square Books Grown Up Book Fair: Jess Row, author of White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination, presents "Critical Readings on Whiteness," while the shop's "libromancers" recommend books by African American authors across genres β€” 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Vanessa R. Schwartz discusses Jet Age Aesthetic: The Glamour of Media in Motion with Britt Salvesen β€” hosted by Skylight Books, 6:30 p.m. PT, more info.

Tuesday, August 25

A reading from Best Debut Short Stories 2020, with judges Tracy O'Neill, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Deb Olin Unferth β€” hosted by McNally Jackson, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Jason Diamond discusses The Sprawl: Reconsidering the Weird American Suburbs with Angelica Jade BastiΓ©n β€” hosted by Books Are Magic, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Vanessa Veselka discusses The Great Offshore Grounds with Lidia Yuknavitch β€” hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 p.m. PT, more info.

Sandra Brown discusses Thick As Thieves with Linda Castillo β€” hosted by The Poisoned Pen, 6 p.m. MT, more info.

Daniel Nayeri discusses Everything Sad Is Untrue (A True Story) β€” hosted by Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Darcie Little Badger discusses Elatsoe with Tracie Sorell β€” hosted by McNally Jackson, 6 p.m. ET, more info.

Tiffany McDaniel discusses Betty with Lara Prescott β€” hosted by BookPeople, 6 p.m. CT, more info.

Shannon Hale discusses Kind of a Big Deal with Karen M. McManus β€” hosted by Porter Square Books, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Caroline Leavitt discusses With or Without You with Elinor Lipman β€” hosted by Literati, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Sam Maggs discusses The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope with E. K. Johnston β€” hosted by Skylight Books, 6:30 p.m. PT, more info.

Margaret Kimberley discusses Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents with Reverend Irene Monroe β€” hosted by Harvard Book Store, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Thom Hartmann discusses The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream with David Korten β€” hosted by Powell's Books, 5 p.m. PT, more info.

Raven Leilani (Luster) and francine j. harris (Here is the Sweet Hand) discuss their new books β€” hosted by Pages Bookshop, 6:30 p.m. ET, more info.

Margot Livesey discusses The Boy in the Field with Andrea Barrett β€” hosted by Print Bookstore, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Kelly Jensen discusses Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy with contributors Alice Wong and Rachael Lippincott β€” hosted by Women & Children First, 7 p.m. CT, more info.

Wednesday, August 26

Shruti Swamy (A House Is a Body) and Gabriel Bump (Everywhere You Don't Belong) discuss their new books β€” hosted by Literati, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Gail Tsukiyama discusses The Color of Air with Mary Roach β€”hosted by Vroman's Bookstore, 6 p.m. PT, more info.

Raven Leilani discusses Luster with Lisa Taddeo β€” hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library in partnership with the Ivy Bookshop, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Alisson Wood discusses Being Lolita with Lynn Steger Strong, moderated by Michele Filgate β€” hosted by McNally Jackson, 8:30 p.m. ET, more info.

Vanessa Veselka discusses The Great Offshore Grounds with Kristen Arnett β€” hosted by Powell's Books, 5 p.m. PT, more info.

Nick Flynn discusses The Is the Night Out House Will Catch on Fire with Tom Barbash β€” hosted by Print Bookstore, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Makenna Goodman discusses The Shame with Kathryn Scanlan β€” hosted by Skylight Books, 5:30 p.m. PT, more info.

Jon Meacham discusses His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope β€” hosted by Politics & Prose, 8 p.m. ET, more info.

Jill Bialosky (Asylum: A Personal, Historical, Natural Inquiry in 103 Lyric Sections) and Yiyun Li (Must I Go) discuss their new books β€” hosted by Politics & Prose, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Ruth Behar discusses Letters From Cuba with Richard Blanco β€” hosted by Books & Books, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Thursday, August 27

YA authors Deb Caletti (Girl, Unframed), Jennifer DeLeon (Don't Ask Me Where I'm From), Kit Frick (I Killed Zoe Spanos), Sandhya Menon (10 Things I Hate About Pinky), and Siobhan Vivian (We Are the Wildcats) discuss the strong female protagonists in their latest novels in a panel moderated by Kiersten White β€” hosted by Politics & Prose, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein, co-authors of The New One: Painfully True Stories From a Reluctant Day, present a Literary Choose Your Own Adventure β€” hosted by McNally Jackson, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Darin Strauss discusses The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story with Raven Leilani β€” hosted by Powell's Books, 5 p.m. PT, more info.

Robin LaFevers discusses Igniting Darkness with Sabaa Tahir β€” hosted by Politics & Prose, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Jenn Shapland discusses My Autobiography of Carson McCullers with Natalie Goldberg β€” hosted by Collected Works Bookstore, 6 p.m. MT, more info.

Megan Giddings discusses Lakewood with Taylore McBride and Markesha Hilliard β€” hosted by Boswell Books, 5:30 p.m. CT, more info.

Suketu Mehta discusses This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto β€” hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company, 6 p.m. PT, more info.

Lori Gottlieb discusses Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed with Ann Patchett β€” hosted by Parnassus Books, 6 p.m. CT, more info.

[Read "How Does A Therapist Deal With A Patient Who Drives Them Nuts?", an excerpt from Maybe You Should Talk To Someone]

Kristina Forest discusses Now That I've Found You with Ashley Woodfolk and Leah Johnson β€” hosted by Books Are Magic, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Ron Rash discusses In the Valley β€” hosted by Third Place Books, 5 p.m. PT, more info.

Kelly Jensen discusses Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy with contributors Alicia Lutes, Yao Xiao, and Eric Smith, moderated by Amma Marfo β€” hosted by Porter Square Books, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Vanessa Veselka discusses The Great Offshore Grounds with Emma Donoghue β€” hosted by The Booksmith, 7 p.m. PT, more info.

Ruth Behar discusses Letters From Cuba with Alan Gratz β€” hosted by Literati, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Friday, August 28

Adib Khorram discusses Darius the Great Deserves Better with Nic Stone β€” hosted by Boswell Books, 7 p.m. CT, more info.

Heidi Pitlor discusses Impersonation with Polly Rosenwaike β€” hosted by Literati, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Mark O'Connell discusses Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back with Jenny Offill β€” hosted by Politics & Prose, 5 p.m. ET, more info.

Ilona Andrews discusses Emerald Blaze: A Hidden Legacy Novel with Jeaniene Frost, moderated by Sarah Penna β€” hosted by Malaprop's Bookstore, 7 p.m. ET, more info.

Katherine Sharp Landdeck discusses The Women With Silver Wings with Nell Bright, moderated by Tracy V. Wilson β€” hosted by Powell's Books, 5 p.m. PT, more info.

Annik LaFarge discusses Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions with DesirΓ©e Mays β€” hosted by Collected Works Bookstore, 6 p.m. MT, more info.

Saturday, August 29: Independent Bookstore Day

There are tons of online and in-stores events for Independent Bookstore Day β€” along with exclusive deals and merch. Find full details here. Here are some highlights:

Bookstore Day author ambassadors Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Lauren Groff (Florida), and Emma Straub (All Adults Here) discuss books, bookstores, and the writing life β€” 8 p.m. ET, more info.

Kat Cho (Vicious Spirits), Rena Barron (Kingdom of Souls), and Rebecca Kim Wells (Shatter the Sky) discuss world-building in YA feminist fantasy β€” 3 p.m. ET, more info.

Reyna Grande (The Distance Between Us), Rishi Reddi (Passage West), and Lauren Francis-Sharma (Book of the Little Axe) discuss reexamining the history, culture, and myths of the West through their fiction β€” 5 p.m. ET, more info.