Published July 16, 2020

SHELF LIFE continues in the second half of July with even more virtual author events, every Tuesday and Thursday at noon (EDT), livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook…

If you’re new to SHELF LIFE or to Zoom, more generally, CLICK HERE to learn more about how to take part. Then, mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

Tuesday, July 21 at 12:00 PM EDT

Now That I’ve Found You with Kristina Forest & Amber Lowery

Join novelist Kristina Forest as she discusses her latest YA novel, Now That I’ve Found You, in conversation with Amber Lowery.

Now That I’ve Found You is a YA novel about searching for answers, love, and your eccentric grandma in all the wrong places. “[A] swoonworthy ending straight out of the movies.”―Kirkus Reviews

Thursday, July 23 at 12:00 PM EDT

Travelers with Helon Habila & Paul Reyes

Join author Helon Habila as he discusses his newest novel, Travelers, in conversation with Paul Reyes, editor of Virginia Quarterly Review.

A startlingly imaginative exploration of the African diaspora in Europe, by one of our most acclaimed international writers.

Award-winning author Helon Habila has been described as “a courageous tale teller with an uncompromising vision…a major talent” (Rawi Hage). His new novel Travelers is a life-changing encounter with those who have been uprooted by war or aspiration, fear or hope.

Tuesday, July 28 at 10:00 AM EDT

Great Reads featuring The Undefeated with Kwame Alexander

As Virginia’s contribution to the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress Discover Great Reads initiative, join us for a very special Shelf Life, featuring multiple award-winning author Kwame Alexander as he discusses The Undefeated.

Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal * A 2020 Newbery Honor Book * Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

“[T]his magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans has been turned into a picture book with stunning portraits by Nelson… communicating clearly that when black lives matter, America is stronger.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Tuesday, July 28 at 12:00 PM EDT

Explore New Crime Anthologies with the Editors

Authors and editors Angel Luis Colón (¡Pa’Que Tu Lo Sepas!: Latinx Fiction for Puerto Rico), Gabino Iglesias (Both Sides: Border Stories), and Nick Kolakowski (Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic) discuss crime writing, building a collection of themed stories, and much more, in conversation.

These three anthologies, and their 45 stories, offer crime readers an open door to discovering new voices, varied perspectives, and fascinating characters to love (or perhaps, to fear).

Thursday, July 30 at 12:00 PM EDT

Monsters & Crafts with Hannah Barnaby & Sarah FitzHenry

Join author Hannah Barnaby as she reads from her two new books for young readers, There’s Something About Sam (picture book) and Monster & Boy (first in a new chapter book series). We’ll celebrate friendship, monsters, slumber parties, and summertime fun with crafting activities for kids of all ages, with Sarah FitzHenry.

Bring your creativity, your curiosity, and your questions!

It’ll be a ROARing good time!

“A boy discovers that monsters are real―and that one lives under his bed… Humor ensues… No need to be afraid of monsters after reading this sweet and unusual friendship story.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Monster & Boy

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