Fiction Lounge

Gather 'round, fiction readers! Meet your favorite authors and discover new books in the sessions below.

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June 8, 2021

*All times listed in ET

All session recordings will be made available to registrants for several months after the event.


What's Writing Have to Do With It?

Join Zakiya Dalila Harris and Tia Williams in a discussion about the writing process, culture, identity and why it’s important for all stories to be written about and shared.


Lost and Found

Join Chibundu Onuzo, Ruth Ozeki, and Elias Rodriques for an exploration of loss, the search for meaning and belonging, and finding a place in the world.


LibraryReads Buzz: Fiction

Join LibraryReads and ALMA (the Adult Library Marketing Association) for Book Buzz. Library marketing reps will showcase upcoming summer and fall 2021 titles they love. Don't miss the chance to hear about the hottest new titles in fiction!

Speakers: Rebecca Vnuk (LibraryReads), Talia Sherer, Anthony Parisi, Linette Kim, Annie Mazes, Melissa Nicholas, Melissa Croce, Golda Rademacher, Alexa Wejko, Margaret Coffee, Amanda Casserly, Erica Melnichok, Nicole De Jackmo

June 9, 2021


Long Story Short

Booker Prize finalist Brandon Taylor joins debut standouts Claire Boyles and Jaime Cortez. With their new collections, the authors slay the short story to consider forces of violence and loss adjacent to the pull of home, family, love, and desire.

Fiction Panels for Site


Emerging Voices

Three unforgettable debuts come together in this conversation between Nawaaz Ahmed, Ash Davidson, and Juhea Kim, who discuss their intimate yet epic novels of love, family, and survival.

New Voices


Editors' Picks: Fiction

These new fiction books by LGBTQIA+ and/or BIPOC authors have been nominated by editors as their top picks! In this session, the editors and authors behind these highly anticipated titles share why these books belong on your shelf. The goal of this Editors’ Picks series is to amplify under-supported voices in publishing while helping you find your next great read.

Speakers: Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström (author), Jo Piazza (author), Christine Pride (author), Melanie Iglesias Perez (Atria), Zoraida Cordova (author), Rémy Ngamije (author), Sara Hendrickson (University of Nevada Press), John Copenhaver (author), Buki Papillon (author), Pilar Garcia-Brown (HMH), Tiffany Gonzalez (Astra House), Veronica Liu (Seven Stories Press), Sara Richmond (Edelweiss)


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