2020’s Virtual Bookish Events

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of many author tours, bookstore events, and conferences. The bookish community already thrives online through readathons and bookworm groups, and now they’re investing in even more virtual events to stay connected and support each other. Here’s a list of virtual events readers can attend.

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April

Friday, April 3
The Harry Potter Alliance is hosting a Small Things Con that will last until April 4. Join here.

Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Simon Teen is hosting a virtual book club meeting for Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch at 6pm EST on Instagram.

Every Friday on Instagram at 4pm EST, Epic Reads is hosting live chats that include games, book recommendations, author chats, and more.

Liz Lawson (The Lucky Ones) is taking over the Underlined Instagram at 3pm EST.

Gene Luen Yang (Dragon Hoops) will be in conversation with Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please) on Instagram live at 7pm EST.

Zoraida Córdova (Incendiary) will be a guest of Drunk Literature on Instagram live at 8pm EST.

LeVar Burton is reading adult books live on Twitter every Friday at 9pm EST.

Saturday, April 4
The Harry Potter Alliance is hosting a Small Things Con that will last until April 4. Join here.

Michael Symon will be going live on Instagram at 4pm EST for Random Pantry.

Black Girls Create is hosting #KuumbaKickback: Black Girls, Fantasy Worlds, a 2-part digital panel at 4pm EST featuring Roseanne A. Brown (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin), Nandi Taylor (Given), Namina Forna (The Gilded Ones), Jordan Ifueko (Raybearer), Bethany C. Morrow (A Song Below Water), Tracy Deonn (Legendborn), Kalynn Bayron (Cinderella Is Dead).

Sunday, April 5
The Harry Potter Alliance is hosting a Small Things Con that will last until April 4. Join here.

Michael Symon will be going live on Instagram at 4pm EST for Random Pantry.

V.E. Schwab (The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue) will be discussing writing in the series No Write Way Sundays on Instagram live at 3pm EST.

Lauren Jackson and Christina Orlando are hosting a bi-weekly series spotlighting sci-fi and fantasy media on Thursdays at 7pm EST and Sundays at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Monday, April 6
Join Books of Wonder on Instagram at 6pm EST to celebrate the launch of What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter, in conversation with Laura Silverman (You Asked For Perfect) and Rachel Lynn Solomon (Our Year of Maybe).

Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Buy a book from participating bookstores (The Lit. Bar, Word Up Community Bookshop, and Mil Mundos Books) on April 6 to receive an invite to the private virtual event EL GRAN COMBO on April 16 at 8pm EST featuring Angie Cruz (Dominicana), Lilliam Rivera (Never Look Back,Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit), Jaquira Díaz (Ordinary Girls), Carolina De Robertis (Cantoras), Melissa Rivero (The Affairs of The Falcóns), and Natalia Sylvester (Running), and moderated by lupita.reads.

Tuesday, April 7
Claribel A. Ortega’s The Ghost Squad will have a virtual book launch on YouTube at 6pm EST featuring Zoraida Córdova and Ryan La Sala.

Kathleen Glasgow will be in conversation with Liz Lawson to discuss Lawson’s debut The Lucky Ones at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Square Books is hosting Katy Simpson Smith’s virtual reading of The Everlasting on Instagram at 5pm EST.

Veronica Roth (Chosen Ones) will be in conversation with Leigh Bardugo on Twitch at 7pm EST.

Sourcebooks editor Anna Michels will be moderating the panel So, You Want To Write Historical Fiction? featuring Marie Benedict (Lady Clementine), Susanna Kearsley (Bellewether), Greer Macallister (Woman 99), and Tracey Enerson Wood (The Engineer’s Wife) at 8pm EST on Zoom. There will be giveaways throughout the event!

Join the Launch Party at 9pm EST for Emily Skrutskie’s Bonds of Brass, with guest moderators C.B. Lee and Jessica Cluess. There will be a live reading, Q&A, and giveaways. Reserve a spot here.

The Instagram live Virtual Launch Pizza Party for Cameron Lund’s The Best Laid Plans kicks off at 8pm EST with guest authors Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley.

Samira Ahmed’s Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know will have a virtual book launch at Books of Wonder on Instagram live at 5pm EST featuring Libba Bray

Wednesday, April 8
Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Veronica Roth (Chosen Ones) will be in conversation with Charlie Jane Anders on Twitch at 2pm EST.

LeVar Burton is reading YA books live on Twitter every Wednesday at 6pm EST.

Thursday, April 9
Veronica Roth (Chosen Ones) will be in conversation with Seanan McGuire on Twitch at 7pm EST.

Jessica Anthony (Enter the Aardvark) will be hosting a virtual Zoom reading at 7pm EST.

Celebrate International Unicorn Day with live readings and demonstrations from Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (Riders of the Realm), Kamilla Benko (The Unicorn Quest), Emily Bliss (Unicorn Princesses), Jen Calonita (Fairy Tale Reform School), Adam Gidwitz (The Unicorn Rescue Society), and Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn).

Lauren Jackson and Christina Orlando are hosting a bi-weekly series spotlighting sci-fi and fantasy media on Thursdays at 7pm EST and Sundays at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Friday, April 10
Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Every Friday on Instagram at 4pm EST, Epic Reads is hosting live chats that include games, book recommendations, author chats, and more.

Veronica Roth (Chosen Ones) will be in conversation with C.A. Higgins on Twitch at 7pm EST.

LeVar Burton is reading adult books live on Twitter every Friday at 9pm EST.

Saturday, April 11
Preorder a copy of Abby Jimenez’s The Happy Ever After Playlist through Magers & Quinn for a link to the virtual launch party at 2pm EST.

Sunday, April 12
V.E. Schwab (The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue) will be discussing writing in the series No Write Way Sundays on Instagram live at 3pm EST.

Lauren Jackson and Christina Orlando are hosting a bi-weekly series spotlighting sci-fi and fantasy media on Thursdays at 7pm EST and Sundays at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Monday, April 13
Veronica Roth (Chosen Ones) will be in conversation with Rita Woods on Twitch at 7pm EST.

Wednesday, April 15
Join Katy Simpson Smith (The Everlasting) and Rivka Galchen (Little Labors) on Zoom at 7:30 pm EST.

LeVar Burton is reading YA books live on Twitter every Wednesday at 6pm EST.

Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Thursday, April 16
Join EL GRAN COMBO at 8pm EST featuring Angie Cruz (Dominicana), Lilliam Rivera (Never Look Back,Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit), Jaquira Díaz (Ordinary Girls), Carolina De Robertis (Cantoras), Melissa Rivero (The Affairs of The Falcóns), and Natalia Sylvester (Running), and moderated by lupita.reads. Buy a book from participating bookstores (The Lit. Bar, Word Up Community Bookshop, and Mil Mundos Books) on April 6 to receive an invite to the private virtual event.

Lauren Jackson and Christina Orlando are hosting a bi-weekly series spotlighting sci-fi and fantasy media on Thursdays at 7pm EST and Sundays at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Monday, April 20
NOVL CouchFest is a five day event filled with giveaways, author events, and more.

Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Wednesday Books’ #WBReaderFest is a week-long virtual festival packed with sweepstakes, author chats, and more!

Tuesday, April 21
NOVL CouchFest is a five day event filled with giveaways, author events, and more.

Wednesday Books’ #WBReaderFest is a week-long virtual festival packed with sweepstakes, author chats, and more!

Wednesday, April 22
NOVL CouchFest is a five day event filled with giveaways, author events, and more.

Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Wednesday Books’ #WBReaderFest is a week-long virtual festival packed with sweepstakes, author chats, and more!

LeVar Burton is reading YA books live on Twitter every Wednesday at 6pm EST.

Thursday, April 23
NOVL CouchFest is a five day event filled with giveaways, author events, and more.

Wednesday Books’ #WBReaderFest is a week-long virtual festival packed with sweepstakes, author chats, and more!

Lauren Jackson and Christina Orlando are hosting a bi-weekly series spotlighting sci-fi and fantasy media on Thursdays at 7pm EST and Sundays at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Friday, April 24
Penguin Random House is hosting Virtual Con, 9am to 7pm EST.

NOVL CouchFest is a five day event filled with giveaways, author events, and more.

Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Every Friday on Instagram at 4pm EST, Epic Reads is hosting live chats that include games, book recommendations, author chats, and more.

Wednesday Books’ #WBReaderFest is a week-long virtual festival packed with sweepstakes, author chats, and more!

LeVar Burton is reading adult books live on Twitter every Friday at 9pm EST.

Saturday, April 25
Attend the Social Distance Book Fest for a day full of bookish fun.

YALLWEST is going virtual with YALLSTAYHOME, a two-day online festival of author panels, giveaways, and more.

Wednesday Books’ #WBReaderFest is a week-long virtual festival packed with sweepstakes, author chats, and more!

Sunday April 26
YALLWEST is going virtual with YALLSTAYHOME, a two-day online festival of author panels, giveaways, and more.

V.E. Schwab (The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue) will be discussing writing in the series No Write Way Sundays on Instagram live at 3pm EST.

Lauren Jackson and Christina Orlando are hosting a bi-weekly series spotlighting sci-fi and fantasy media on Thursdays at 7pm EST and Sundays at 3pm EST on Instagram.

Wednesday, April 29
Random House Book Club April Happy Hour will be held on Zoom at 7:30pm EST to discuss The Herd by Andrea Bartz.

Kelly Yang (Parachutes) is offering free writing workshops for teens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm EST on Instagram.

LeVar Burton is reading YA books live on Twitter every Wednesday at 6pm EST.

May

Friday, May 1
Everywhere Book Fest is a virtual two-day kid lit book festival. Find more info here.

Saturday, May 9
Jamie Brenner (Summer Longing) will be live on Facebook at 5pm EST.

Saturday, May 30
The second annual BookCon in Bed convention will happen on YouTube. Follow their Twitter account for updates.