Opportunities to Hear Author Interviews

It occurred to me that some of you might not be aware of the multitude of opportunities online to hear and see authors being interviewed live online. I have found so many this spring that I created a calendar on which to pencil in the events so I won’t miss one.

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SIBA’S Reader Meet Writer Author Series

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) has many author interviews scheduled. In fact, they’re so prolific they’ve named the shows the Reader Meet Writer Author Series. They’re often publicized through the social media platforms of independent bookstores. They are free.

You just need to register through SIBA or your favorite independent bookstore’s website. Reminders are usually emailed to registrants the day of the interviews. Most are aired at 7pm on weeknights, but a few are during the day or on weekends.

Author Wiley Cash is the primary interviewer for the Reader Meet Writer Author Series. The SIBA Reader Meet Writer Author Series webpage is https://sibaweb.com/mpage/readermeetwriter, You can find past Reader Meet Writer Author Series interviews on YouTube.

Independent Bookstores’ Author Interviews

Look up the websites of various independent bookstores and check their events schedules. Then, sign up for their newsletters and/or their social media. You will then receive announcements of author interviews they’ve scheduled. As I write this, most of these are online-only events. It will be interesting to see how these events

Evolve as we come out of the Covid-19 pandemic. I hope even as in-store author events return, they will also be live-streamed so a greater audience can take advantage of them.

Friends and Fiction

I’ve mentioned this weekly Facebook Live group before, but it bears mentioning again. Friends and Fiction is a group of five authors (Mary Alice Monroe, Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Patti Callahan Henry) who meet virtually at 7:00 p.m. ET every Wednesday to discuss books and writing. They have a guest author almost every week.

You can find them on Facebook and join their page in order to get their occasional announcements. I look forward to this week’s segment because Pam Jenoff, one of my favorite authors, is the guest author.

You may recall that I blogged about Ms. Jenoff’s book The Orphan’s Tale on August 7, 2017 (Late July Reading)  and The Lost Girls of Paris on May 3, 2021 (5 Historical Novels I Read in April 2021.) I’m on the waitlist at the public library for her new historical novel, The Woman with the Blue Star.

Just announced: You can now find the Friends and Fiction interviews anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Author Websites and Their Social Media

Go to the websites of the authors that interest you, and click on “Events.” You’ll not only find information about any of their upcoming in-person appearances but also their virtual appearances. You can follow your favorite authors on social media and learn of their appearances that way, too.

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A Sampling of Authors I’m Hearing This Week

Yesterday I heard Dr. Jane Woodall in conversation with Peter Wohlleben (The Hidden Life of Trees and his new book, The Heartbeat of Trees) via Eventbrite, thanks to Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, Colorado. It was fantastic and inspiring! It was organized by the Miami Book Fair. I blogged about The Hidden Life of Trees on June 2, 2017 (You Need to Read These Books!) People all over the world took advantage of this event. They signed in from The Netherlands, Austria, South Africa, Germany, Canada, and the United States. (And those were just the comments I noticed in the chat sidebar.)

I signed up for a Virtual Lunch with Mary Adkins (Privilege) today at 12:30 p.m. ET through Hub City Books in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I haven’t read any of Ms. Adkins’ books, so I look forward to learning about her and hearing her speak. She’s an author and a book coach.

As I mentioned above, on Wednesday night I’ll get to hear Pam Jenoff thanks to Friends and Fiction on Facebook Live.

Thursday at 11:00 I’ve signed up to hear Susan Meissner. I blogged about The Last Year of the War in my March 8, 2021 blog (4 Books I Read in February 2021) and The Nature of Fragile Things in my May 3, 2021 blog (5 Historical Novels I Read in April 2021.) I thoroughly enjoyed both these historical novels and I look forward to hearing her speak for the first time. She’ll be live online at 11:00 a.m. ET thanks to the Warren County District Public Library in Ohio.

Mary Alice Monroe will be interviewed and live-streamed via Zoom on YouTube at 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday. I learned about this event through Tattered Cover Books in Denver, Colorado. I blogged about one of Ms. Monroe’s books, The Butterfly’s Daughter in my September 7, 2020 blog (Books Read in August 2020.) Her new novel is The Summer of Lost and Found.

Next week I’m signed up to listen to an event about diversity in books and the power of books via Zoom and sponsored by Room to Read.

My in-person social calendar is still sparse due to the pandemic, but my online social calendar is full. Some days I have to choose between two author events that are scheduled for the same time.

Since my last blog post

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta announced that those of us who are fortunate enough to have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can safely go without face masks indoors and outdoors, except when visiting a business or facility that still requires masks. It was great to go to church yesterday and not wear a mask. It’s wonderful to see others’ smiling faces once again. It was great and strange all at the same time.

Until my next blog post

I hope you have a good book to read. As usual, I have several books going. I’m reading several, listening to one on CD, and yesterday started listening to one on Playaway so I can “read” while I walk or do yardwork. And yes, sometimes the story lines get confused. Or maybe I’m the one who gets confused.

Remember: This is Get Caught Reading Month, so try to get caught reading this week.


17 thoughts on “Opportunities to Hear Author Interviews

  1. You’re welcome, Rebecca. I’ve been enjoying some of these for a few weeks. I don’t know why I didn’t think about blogging about them earlier. I hope you’ll find some you enjoy.

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  2. Janet, another wonderful post and a great idea. It is always fascinating for me to get to know more of the life, of the thoughts and even speech patterns of those who compose such entertaining things as books, which I love. Thank you and all the best to you. Hope all’s well, heading right into summer and hopefully getting rid of this pandemic…

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  3. Thank you, Francisco. Glad you enjoyed this blog post. As usual, I’m falling behind in reading yours. I’ll catch up soon (I hope!) A cool spring has suddenly turned into a hot mid- to late-May with temps in the low- to mid-90s predicted for the next five days or so. All is well here. I’m busy working on a photo album for my great-niece who graduates from high school next week. That and reading seems to be all I get done lately. A 96-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran (fighter pilot) has asked me to organize the letters he and his then girlfriend (later wife of 60+ years) wrote to each other during the Korean War. How could I turn down a 96-year-old war veteran? So I’ve taken on yet another project of organizing the letters so I can put them in archival-quality albums for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy and value. Since he’s 96, time is of the essence — as is the graduation present for the great-niece. Too many projects, not enough hours in the day or energy to accomplish all I want to. Life is grand! Seriously. I am very blessed to have so many projects and interests. Enjoy your early days of the summer! My best to you, Janet.

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  4. Well Janet first I must say I always enjoy reading your posts, for learning and because they are so well written. Both projects sound smashing good and I wish you all the luck, energy and creativity in the world and they will rightly be successful, lovely finished products to be proud of. Well, your weather sounds too hot, we’re warming up but still in the mid teens to low twenties, which in Fahrenheit I believe is in the sixties and low seventies, but it is bright and sunny. I’ve also begun researching for a book I am starting, finally, so I will be blogging less and less but I’ll try to keep up with the blogs I do like, certainly yours. Take good care and all the best, have a great weekend,

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  5. Thank you for all the accolades! And I hope your work on your book goes well — and faster than my book, which has been neglected for far too long.

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  6. You’re very welcome Janet, I’ll let you know how it goes. It’s set between 1939 and 1959 and goes from Spain to Cuba to Spain…

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  7. Well, it’s a challenge but one that some of my family members lived through and traversed the distance and both countries, both countries that just 39 years earlier were one. Thank you Janet, I will keep you informed. Take good care and all the best,

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  8. I believe you are the perfect person to write this book, Francisco, since you can draw on your own family members’ experiences. I know you will do a great job, for you’re as good a writer as you are an artist.

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  9. Thank you Janet! Your words of encouragement are well needed and well appreciated. All the best,

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