Virtual Events

On March 18, Books & Books closed our doors temporarily during quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 22, we launched our first ever virtual event on Crowdcast, a conversation with Secretary Madeline Albright about her new book, HELL AND OTHER DESTINATIONS. And we haven’t stopped since. We are now hosting virtual events mostly every weeknight at 7pm and some on weekends, in partnership with our friends at Miami Book Fair, and with additional support from Lit Hub and Culture Crusaders.

The schedule attempts to emulate what it was like at our signature store in Coral Gables, where you could walk in and find a live author reading and discussing their book, literally every night of the week. The majority of these events are free. Our doors re-opened in early June for socially-distanced and masked shopping, but it continues to be unsafe to hold any events at our stores. For the time being, we will continue to present to you the very best authors, voices and books virtually and look forward to seeing you there! Some technical difficulties notwithstanding, you’ve shown an amazing amount of understanding and patience and we see our viewer numbers are growing with each passing day.

Remember, every book you purchase helps to support us and we thank you for your support! We’ve started this archive on our website, so that you can access anything you might have missed, at your own pace, and in your own time. Follow us on Crowdcast so that you’re the first to know of any new events. We look forward to seeing you online in the coming months, as our literary community lives on virtually, until the time when we will meet again at Books & Books!


The Playwright’s House: A Virtual Evening with Dariel Suarez and Laura van den Berg


Event Date: June 24, 2021

Two prize-winning fiction writers, Dariel Suarez and Laura van den Berg, discuss Daniel’s new book THE PLAYWRIGHT’S HOUSE. Recorded live June 24, 2021 in partnership with Miami Boo…

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Songs in Ursa Major: A Virtual Evening with Emma Brodie and Katherine Heiny


Event Date: June 23, 2021

Shot through with the lyrics, the icons, the lore, the adrenaline of the early 70s music scene, “Songs in Ursa Major” pulses with romantic longing and asks the question so many fem…

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All the Water I’ve Seen Is Running: A Virtual Evening with Elias Rodriques and Diana Abu-Jaber


Event Date: June 22, 2021

First-time author Elias Rodriques is talking about ALL THE WATER I’VE SEEN IS RUNNING, a novel wrapping friendship, death, racism & sexuality into one compelling story. Recorde…

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The Brittanys: A Virtual Evening with Brittany Ackerman and Kimberly King Parsons


Event Date: June 18, 2021

Can you ever have too many Brittanys? Author Brittany Ackerman doesn’t think so, there are five in her debut novel! She speaks with fellow author Kimberly King Parsons in this grea…

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Heartwood: A Virtual Afternoon with Barbara Becker and Jonathan Haidt


Event Date: June 17, 2021

“We can do extraordinary things when we lead with love,” Barbara Becker reminds us in her debut memoir HEARTWOOD. With life-affirming prose, Becker helps us see that that grief is…

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The Outlier: A Virtual Evening with Kai Bird and Douglas Brinkley


Event Date: June 17, 2021

We’re taking it back to Jimmy Carter’s presidential era with Kai Bird, author of the upcoming Carter biography THE OUTLIER, who is joined by history whiz Douglas Brinkley. Recorded…

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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams: A Virtual Evening with Richard Flanagan and Mitchell Kaplan


Event Date: June 16, 2021

THE LIVING SEA OF WAKING DREAMS is a thrilling elegy hailed as Australian writer Richard Flanagan’s best book yet! Whether you’ve already read his books, or are looking for your ne…

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After the Fall: A Virtual Evening with Ben Rhodes and Jon Meacham


Event Date: June 12, 2021

Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? And what can we do about it? A former White House aide and close confidant to President Barack Obama—and the New Yor…

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An Especially Good View: A Virtual Event with Peter L. W. Osnos and Evan Osnos


Event Date: June 11, 2021

Get to know Peter Osnos! The acclaimed journalist, founder of the publishing house PublicAffairs and a former publisher of the Times Books imprint at Random House, now turned book…

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Finding the Mother Tree: A Virtual Evening with Suzanne Simard and Hamilton Cain


Event Date: June 9, 2021

From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest–a moving, deeply…

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Phase Six: A Virtual Evening with Jim Shepard and Margot Livesey


Event Date: June 8, 2021

In PHASE SIX, author Jim Shepard tells a story of a fictional pandemic…all written & published before Covid-19 even existed! Learn more about Jim & his new book as he sit…

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The Window Seat: A Virtual Evening with Aminatta Forna and John Freeman


Event Date: June 7, 2021

Aminatta Forna is one of our most important literary voices, and her novels have won the Windham Campbell Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. THE WINDOW SEAT i…

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