We're excited to present the August Schedule for Reader Meet Writer, our virtual author event program. Reader Meet Writer events are co-hosted by up to 65 participating
SIBA-member stores. Wiley Cash, our Conroy Legacy Award recipient and the author of The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy is our host.
Odie Lindsey, author of Some Go Home, in conversation with Chanelle Benz
Thursday, Aug 6 at 7 PM EDT
Some Go Home is a searing debut novel following three generations fractured by murder in fictional Pitchlynn, Mississippi that complicates notions of race, class, history, and identity.
Odie Lindsey is also the author of We Come to Our Senses: Stories. He received an NEA-funded fellowship for veterans, holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University in Nashville,
Chanelle Benz has published work at Guernica, Granta.com,The New York Times, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize.
Kim Powers, author of Rules for Being Dead, in conversation with Louis Bayard
Tuesday, August 11 at 5 PM EDT
An unlikely love child of Mark Childress' Crazy in Alabama and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, Rules for Being Dead pays homage to the movies of the 1960s and vividly conjures the machinations of small-town Texas with a wicked
sense of humor and an unexpected tenderness.
Kim Powers is a two-time Emmy winner and author of the novels Dig Two Graves and Capote in Kansas, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir The History of Swimming, a Barnes & Noble Discover Book and Lambda Literary Award
finalist for Best Memoir of the Year.
In the words of the New York Times, Louis Bayard "reinvigorates historical fiction," rendering the past "as if he'd witnessed it firsthand." His acclaimed historical novels include national bestseller Courting Mr. Lincoln and the highly praised young-adult novel, Lucky Strikes.
Sarah M. Broom, author of The Yellow House, in conversation with Imani Perry
Thursday, Aug 13, 7 PM EDT
The Yellow House is a brilliant, haunting, and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. It is also the winner of the 2019 National Book Award in
Sarah Broom has also published her work in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Oxford American, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others.
Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and the author of six books, including the award-winning Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry.
Adam Rutherford, author of How to Argue With a Racist
Tuesday, Aug 18, 3PM EDT
How to Argue With a Racist shows us how being a responsible and enlightened citizen on the matter of race today requires us to know what modern genetics actually can and can't tell us about human difference. Racial categories still vexing our
societies do not align with observable genetic differences—and those differences are, in fact, so minute that they serve as evidence of our commonality.
Adam Rutherford is a geneticist, science writer, and broadcaster. He is also the author of The Book of Humans and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction.
Justin A. Reynolds, author of Early Departures
Thursday, Aug 20 7 PM EDT
Early Departures is a smart, funny, and powerful stand-alone YA contemporary novel, with a speculative twist in which Jamal's best friend is brought back to life after a freak accident...but they only have a short time together before he will
Justin A. Reynolds's debut novel, Opposite of Always, was an Indies Introduce selection and a School Library Journal Best Book, and is being developed for film with Paramount Players. He lives in northeast Ohio with his family. You can find him
Heather Bell Adams, author of The Good Luck Stone
Thursday, Aug 27 7 PM EDT
The Good Luck Stone moves between the verdant jungles of the war-torn Philippines and the glitter of modern-day Savannah, Georgia, as friendships new and old are tested, and characters discover you can only outrun your secrets for so long.
Heather Bell Adams is also the author of the novel Maranatha Road, winner of the gold medal for the Southeast region in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and named to Deep South Magazine's Fall/Winter Reading List. She is also a
nationally-recognized scholar on the works of Ron Rash.