Authors discuss their latest books and offer advice

Join best-selling authors for a lunchtime discussion of the year’s best new books.

All events are free and open to the public. Books are available for purchase at the events from our retail partner Kinokuniya Bookstore and for signing by the authors.

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2021 Line Up

July 7


Regional writers perform their original five-minute true stories

Barbara Chen, Lights, Sirens, and Champagne

Minnette Coleman, Me and my Mustang

Ann Levin, In Vino Veritas

Steven Lewis, Fame, Fortune, and a Purposeful Life

David Masello, Taking a New Direction

Malachy McCourt, A Monk Swimming

Annabel Monaghan, My Kid Got a Job

Anthony Murphy, Another Family Plot

Jennifer Rawlings, A Kansas Tan

Hosted by: Ed McCann, Founder Read650

July 14

Summer Reads

Christina Chiu, Beauty

Ed Hajim, On the Road Less Traveled: An Unlikely Journey from the Orphanage to the Boardroom

Joshua Henkin, Morningside Heights

Laurie Gelman, Yoga Pant Nation

Deborah Goodrich Royce, Ruby Falls

Alex Segura, The Black Ghost

July 28

Mystery & Thrillers

Alexandra Andrews, Who is Maud Dixon

Cate Holahan, Her Three Lives

Jonathan Lee, The Great Mistake

Brian Silverman, Freedom Drop

Wendy Whitman, Premonition

August 4


Jennifer Murphy, First Responder: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Love on New York City’s Frontlines

Michelle Orange, Pure Flame: A Legacy

Susie Petruccelli, Raised a Warrior: A Memoir of Soccer, Grit, and Leveling the Playing Field

Ben Philippe, Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend: Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump

Rob Sedgwick, Bob Goes to Jail: A Memoir

Hosted by Writing Instructor Kathy Curto, Not for Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood

August 11

A conversation on Broadway, Writing and Show Biz

Tovah Feldshuh, Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played

Jen Silverman, We Play Ourselves

Hosted by Laura Heywood @BroadwayGirlNYC

August 16 *rescheduled from July 21

Non-Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction

Judy Batalion, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos

Adin Dobkin, Sprinting Through No Man’s Land: Endurance, Tragedy, and Rebirth in the 1919 Tour de France

Frank Mortimer, Bee People and the Bugs They Love

Steven Petrow, Stupid Things I Won’t Do When I Get Old: A Highly Judgmental, Unapologetically Honest Accounting of All the Things Our Elders Are Doing Wrong

August 18

August Gems

Rebecca Donner, All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days

Caroline Leavitt, With or Without You

Virginia Hume, Haven Point

Beth Morgan, Touch of Jen

Adam Wilson, Sensation Machines

Hosted by Susannah Marren, A Palm Beach Wife

August 25

Dog-Day Reads

Ralph Blumenthal, The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack

Annabelle Gurwitch, You’re Leaving When: Adventures in Downward Mobility

Lucy Antek Johnson, This Was Toscanini: The Maestro, My Father, and Me

Daniel Levin, Proof of Life: 20 Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East

Magdalene Visaggio, Lost on Planet Earth

Hosted by Author Patricia Dunn, Rebels by Accident and Last Stop on the 6