One of the many things that we were unable to take part in during 2020 was in-person book tours and book readings. There’s something special about sitting under the sound of an author’s voice, listening to stories come to life from the mouth of their creator. It’s like returning to story time as a kid. There’s a magical moment when the words seemingly jump off the page as they paint pictures in our minds and leave imprints on our souls.
We have missed in-person connection. We have also missed gathering around books together and the excitement that comes from learning, listening, and sharing together around great literature. One of the exhilarating things we are looking forward to in summer 2021 is the opportunity to meet our favorite authors in person on book tours.
So we gathered a few in-person and virtual readings to check out this summer and beyond. Happy reading!
1. Emily Henry, Author of “People We Meet on Vacation”
07/26/2021 at 3:00 p.m. PDT, Ticket required, Virtual Via Zoom
Known as the New York Times bestselling author of “Beach Read,” Emily Henry brought the world another must-read with her witty and heartwarming novel, “People We Meet on Vacation.” The story of two best friends who are polar opposites, the novel tells the tale of a last-ditch effort to save their friendship on their annual summer vacation. You can meet Emily and hear her share about the book from the comfort of your home or wherever you find yourself this summer. Get tickets for her virtual book tour this summer on Eventbrite.
2. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Author of “Begin Again”
7/30/2021 at 7:30 p.m. Charis Books & More | In Conversation With Dr. Susana Morris, Decatur, GA
Part biography and part cultural analysis, “Begin Again” explores the life of James Baldwin and his writings on America’s failures to confront racism during the Civil Rights era when movement leaders were lynched and murdered. Author Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. parallels the observations of Baldwin to today, as the nation once again deals with the terrible truth of racism. For the southeast coast book lovers, you can catch Eddie on his book tour in Atlanta in late July.
3. Jenn Northington and Swapna Krishna, Editors of “Sword Stone Table”
8/3/2021 at 7:00 p.m., Mark Twain Store, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105
A modern take on classic myths and beloved legends, readers can truly find themselves in these tales of old. Book lovers can hear contributors and editors of the anthology read excerpts aloud this summer. The reading will take place at The Mark Twain House & Museum on August 3.
4. Danielle Geller, Author of “Dog Flowers”
08/04/2021 at 4:00 p.m., Kweli Journal, P.O. Box 693, New York, NY 10021
In her memoir, “Dog Flowers,” author Danielle Geller takes readers on a journey to her late mother’s home: the Navajo reservation. As she deals with the grief of her mother’s death, Danielle tries to piece together her mother’s life, her connection to home, and her need to leave it. Come out to hear Danielle share her story in person in New York City this August!
5. Julia Phillips, Author of “Disappearing Earth”
09/12/2021, Virtual Event, 1289 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Julia Phillips is announcing her literary debut to the world with her spellbinding novel, “Disappearing Earth.” The novel tells the story of the disappearance of two young sisters in northeastern Russia and the cataclysmic effects it has on the family and community. Catch Julia on tour in September in Colorado. This book reading will also be broadcast virtually.
6. Marlowe Granados, Author of “Happy Hour”
09/13/2021, Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Marlowe Granados is another new talent who is making a name for herself in the literary world with her book “Happy Hour.” A perfect summer read, “Happy Hour” tells the story of youth well spent. Lead character Isa Epley is 21 years old and with her best friend in New York City for the summer to do one thing: have a lot of fun with a little money. Catch the author in New York City mid-September to ask her all the questions you’ll be dying to know after reading this one!
7. Nickolas Butler, Author of “Godspeed”
10/04/2021, Arcadia Books/Indie Lecture Series, Talk, Q&A and Signing, Spring Green, WI
You’ll definitely want to get your book signed after reading Nickolas Butler’s “Godspeed.” The storyline follows three construction workers, Cole, Bart and Teddy, who are hired by a wealthy homeowner to complete an expensive project outside the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming. The only problem is the homeowner wants the project completed in just a few months. Butler explores what people will risk for the allure and power of money. Meet him in person for his first stop in October along his book tour!
What authors are you excited to see on tour this year and in 2022? Share them with us @meetcopper so we can continue to share them with our Copper Community.