Published March 16, 2021

Looking for book recommendations from this year’s Festival schedule? Below are books in Festival events that we think you’ll enjoy, based on books you may already love! Keep reading for our event suggestions…

Indigenous Lit: Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Kelli Jo Ford & Diane Wilson

March 17, 12:00-1:00 PM ET 

If you liked Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, give The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson a read. Written by Indigenous authors, both books celebrate the relationship people share with plants and seeds in Indigenous cultures and traditions. To hear Wilson discuss her work with other Indigenous authors, register for this event on March 17 at 12:00 PM ET!

Coming of Age in YA Fiction

March 20, 12:00-1:00 PM ET 

If you liked the novels-in-verse The Poet X or Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, you’re going to love Chlorine Sky by Mahogany Browne. The coming-of-age of a Black girl in America comes to life in Browne’s novel-in-verse as she portrays the turmoil and complexities of changing relationships. Register for this event on March 20 at 12:00 PM ET!

If you liked I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez, check out David Tung Can’t Have A Girlfriend Until He Gets Into An Ivy League College by Ed Lin. From parental expectations to budding relationships, these young adult novels look at the first-generation immigrant experiences of Mexican-American and Chinese-American teens, respectively. Register for this event on March 20 at 12:00 PM ET!

Girls in the World: Middle-Grade Fiction

March 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

If you liked middle-grade stories like Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events or Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society, then check out How to Get Away with Myrtle by Elizabeth Bunce. Just like the first two, Bunce’s novel presents a new story of a snappy, smart character using her wits to solve mysteries and beat the odds. Register for this event on March 21 at 2:00 PM ET!

BIPOC Voices in Speculative Fiction

March 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

If you liked Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Sower, check out Catherine Hernandez’s Crosshairs! Set against a similar backdrop of environmental crises and government upheaval as Butler’s novel, Hernandez’s newest novel amplifies BIPOC voices, heroes, and experiences in its dystopian near-future. Register for this event on March 21 at 4:00 PM ET!

If you liked Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Jordan Ifueko’s Raybearer might be the perfect story for you! Both novels boast rich, magical worlds inspired by West African culture and complex BIPOC characters at the helm. Register for this event on March 21 at 4:00 PM ET!

Event: O Wondrous World! Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil in Conversation

March 22, 12:00-12:45 PM ET

If you’ve ever felt in awe of the world around us while watching BBC’s Planet Earth documentaries, try World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. This collection of essays about the natural world and its inhabitants is sure to evoke inspiration and, of course, wonder. Register for this event on March 22 at 12:00 PM ET!

Contemporary Romance with Karen Grey, Tif Marcelo & Lorelei Parker

March 25, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

If you liked the sweet-and-sexy romance in Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient, then try What I’m Looking For by Karen Grey. Both feature heartwarming humor and unlikely couples going from working relationships to friendships, and then to something more. Register for this event on March 25 at 12:00 PM ET!

Carol Troxell Reader: Cara Black and Three Hours in Paris

March 26, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

If you liked Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network, try Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black, an award-winning spy thriller also set in World War II. The novel’s twists and turns will have you gripping the edge of your seat as the main character sets out to assassinate the Führer. Register for this event on March 26 at 12:00 PM ET!

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