Upcoming Ancestor Trouble and Other Events:
- April 6: A conversation with Dionne Ford about her excellent debut memoir Go Back and Get It: A Memoir of Race, Inheritance, and Intergenerational Healing. In Person. The Strand, Manhattan, 7 PM ET.
- March 29: Book Launch, conversation with Maaza Mengiste, Books Are Magic (in person and streaming, Covid protocols in effect). Brooklyn, 7 PM EDT.
- March 30: Conversation with Alexander Chee, The Mark Twain House & Museum (virtual). 7-8 PM EDT.
- April 1: Memoir and Memory, conversation with Liz Scheier, Square Books at Oxford Conference for the Book, Old Armory Pavilion (in person, outdoors). Oxford, 10:30 AM CDT.
- April 4: conversation with Casey Cep, American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society, in Partnership with Porter Square Books (virtual). 6-7 PM EDT.
- April 5: Conversation with Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Magic City Books (virtual). 7 PM CDT.
- May 9: Franklin Park Reading Series, with Chloe Cooper Jones, Susan Shapiro, Edgar Gomez, Ian MacAllen, and Leah Goodridge, Franklin Park Bar (in person, indoors). Brooklyn, 8 PM EDT.
- June 2: Rally Reading Series, with Khadijah Queen, Alison Espach, and Shelly Oria, at Pete’s Candy Store (in person, indoors). Brooklyn, 8 PM.
- June 9: Echoes of the Past, conversation with Ann Leary, author of The Foundling, Center for Fiction (in person, indoors, Covid protocols in effect). Brooklyn, 7PM EDT.
- June 19: Deep Water Literary Festival: The Art of Memoir, with Hafizah Augustus Geter, Diana Goetsch, and Joyce Maynard (in person, indoors, Covid protocols in effect), Narrowsburg, New York, 1:30 – 2:30 PM EDT.
- August 8: Memoir Monday Reading Series, with Sari Botton, Edgar Gomez, Chloé Cooper Jones, and Tajja Isen, Powerhouse Books (in person, indoors). Brooklyn, 7PM EDT.
- August 30: City of Asylum Books, conversation with Geeta Kothari on writing about family (in person and virtual). Pittsburgh, 7–8:30 EDT.
- September 8: National Archives Museum, conversation with Dan Bouk about his book, Democracy’s Data: The Hidden Stories in the U.S. Census and How to Read Them (virtual). Washington D.C, 1–2 p.m. EDT.
- September 9: Brattleboro Literary Festival Literary Cocktail Hour, conversation with Rebecca Donner, author of All The Frequent Troubles of Our Days (virtual), Brattleboro, Vermont, 5 p.m. EDT
- October 15: Southern Festival of Books, conversation on memoir with Isaac Fitzgerald, author of Dirtbag, Massachusetts, and Jami Attenberg, author of I Came All This Way to Meet You. In Person. Nashville, 12 PM CDT.
- October 18: To the Lighthouse, conversation with Laila Lalami (Conditional Citizens, The Other Americans, The Moor’s Account). Virtual. Pacific Grove, CA, 5 PM PDT / 8 PM EDT, $10.
- October 23: Bureau of General Services — Queer Division features Emptying the Pews: Life after Conservative Christianity. Lauren O’Neal will host a panel discussion on making art and living life after leaving conservative Christianity, featuring her Empty the Pews coeditor Chrissy Stroop, and Carmen Maria Machado (In the Dream House), Daniel Lavery (Something That May Shock and Discredit You), and Maud Newton. In Person and Virtual. Manhattan, 3 PM EDT.
- October 25: Books Are Magic, launch conversation with Jeanna Kadlec about her debut memoir, Heretic. In Person and Virtual. Brooklyn, 7 PM EDT.
- October 28: Six Bridges Book Festival, conversation with Stephanie Maxwell Newton. Virtual. Little Rock, 4 PM CDT.
- November 14: A conversation about Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in It, and How We Can Help Dismantle It with author Jessie Daniels. In Person. Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, Manhattan, 6 PM ET.
- November 20: Miami Book Fair, with Rebecca Donner (All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days) and Ada Calhoun (Also a Poet). In Person and Virtual. Miami Dade College / Wolfson Campus, Building 1, Second Floor, Auditorium, 4:30 PM ET.
The photos above are from some of my favorite past events, with Maaza Mengiste, Alexander Chee, Garrard Conley, and Susan Orlean.