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Public Library Trivia Night, #WorldReadAloudDay, and More Bookish Happenings

Welcome to Book Riot’s Events Newsletter, hosted by me, María Cristina. We’re looking ahead at some of the bookish ways you can spend your time in the next couple weeks, and I’m sure there’s at least one item here that can tempt you to put on pants and go out (in that order, please). Clear your calendars on the following dates, my reading friends.


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IRL GATHERINGS

Winter of Reading Kick-Off Trivia Party: February 1 in Denver, CO

The Denver Public Library is taking over Woods Boss Brewing for a night of bookish trivia to celebrate the start of the Winter of Reading program (summer reading programs are so two seasons ago). Bring your library card to the bar for $1 off refreshments during the event.

Women in Sci Fi with The Book Smugglers: February 2 in Brooklyn, NY

Being in the same room as A. E. Ash, Catherine Faris King, Susan Jane Bigelow, and Reiko Murakami sounds like something out of SFF, but show up to this free panel hosted by Books Are Magic and it can become real!

Savannah Book Festival: February 15-18 in Savannah, GA

The headliners here make up another list of amazing ladies: Diana Gabaldon gives the opening address, Lisa Ko gives the keynote address, and Jodi Picoult gives the closing address.

 

INTERWEBBY THINGS

World Read Aloud Day: February 1

International literacy nonprofit LitWorld created this special day to raise awareness of the positive impact of reading aloud to children. You can download a handy guide full of tips for reading out loud if you want to polish your technique, but really, kids are the last people you have to feel self-conscious around when it comes to using funny voices.

 

AUTHORS ON TOUR

Zadie Smith

Stops include: February 7 (Brooklyn, NY), 8 (New York, NY), and 12 (Atlanta, GA)

Smith is touring in support of her newest collection, Feel Free. Cultural criticism always runs the risk of becoming outdated too fast, but these (mostly) reprinted essays still feel fresh.

Anya Kamenetz

Stops include: February 1 (Darien, CT), 4 (Washington, DC), 6 (Winnetka, IL), 7 (Seattle, WA), 8 (Santa Clara, CA), and 10 (Corte Madera, CA)

Now here’s a parenting book our great grandparents would have been baffled by. But Kamenetz’s The Art of Screen Time is indispensable to a modern parent trying to teach their kid about healthy media consumption.

 

THERE YA GO!

If you end up participating in any of the above, tell us about it on social media.

And if there are any bookish events that should be on my radar, tweet me @meowycristina or email me at mariacristina@bookriot.com.

Hope to see you Riot readers in the wild!

-MC

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Blow Out Poe’s Candles, #24in48 Readathon, and More Bookish Happenings!

Welcome to Book Riot’s Events Newsletter, hosted by me, María Cristina! I had the great good fortune of being Jenn’s sidekick during the sophomore Book Riot Live, and while there are no immediate plans for a junior year, there are still plenty of bookish happenings to get excited about. Clear your calendars on the following dates, my reading friends.


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IRL GATHERINGS

Poe’s Birthday Bash: January 20 in Richmond, VA

Quoth the Raven “Let’s get this party started!” From noon to midnight at the Poe Museum there will be cake, readings, screenings, cake, tours, cake, and cake. One of the bands performing is called League of Space Pirates, so you know it’s gonna be a good time.

 

The Bookworm Festival: February 3 in Houston, TX

Here’s one where the littles can attend age-appropriate panels and get their picture books signed! And the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation has funded grants for teachers and librarians to secure bus transportation. My heart grew three sizes.

INTERWEBBY THINGS

24 in 48 readathon: January 27 and 28

Read Harder’s own Rachel Manwill is shepherding this online event again. The idea is to get in twenty-four hours of reading across one full weekend (which is actually kind of super inconvenient for me because I’d rather have a solid day to ignore all obligations but whatever some people like the flexibility of being able to take breaks for sleep and personal hygiene). You can sign-up for a chance at fabulous prizes, or just follow the hashtag #24in48 on your preferred social media platform(s).

AUTHORS ON TOUR

Marie Lu

Stops include: January 16 (Houston, TX), 17 (Coral Gables, FL), 18 (Decatur, GA), 19 (Newnan, GA), and 22 (Folsom, CA)

Batman YA novel? Stahp it, I am so there.

 

Chloe Benjamin

Stops include: January 17 (Madison, WI), 18 (Milwaukee, WI), 19 (Naperville, IL), 20 (Nashville, TN), 22 (Brooklyn, NY), and 23 (Cambridge, MA)

January is a desolate ice underworld, but it did give us The Immortalists, so fine.

Samira Ahmed

Stops include: January 16 (Nashville, TN), 17 (New York, NY), 18 (Los Angeles, CA), 22 (Baltimore, MD) and 23 (Washington D.C.)

Debut YA novel Love, Hate and Other Filters is sweet, and #ownvoices to boot.

 

THERE YA GO!

If you end up participating in any of the above, tell us about it on social media.

And if there are any bookish events that should be on my radar, tweet me @meowycristina or email me at mariacristina@bookriot.com.

Hope to see you Riot readers in the wild!

-MC

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