Your Month in Free Virtual Book Events: June ‹ Literary Hub

For people who love literary events but hate getting off the couch, this one’s for you!


In conversation: Lydia Conklin and Leslie Jamison
June 6 at 7 p.m. EST

At Lydia Conklin Rainbow Rainbow, queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming characters search for love and connection in hilarious and heartbreaking stories that reflect the complexity of our current moment. Join Books Are Magic for a conversation between these two authors, which will be broadcast here.

Multipli Forti: Festival of Italian Literary Fiction
June 8 at 6 p.m. EST

The first edition of the Italian Contemporary/Literary Fiction Festival will take place in New York, June 6-8, 2022. This literary celebration is a transatlantic window into the main literary trends in contemporary Italian fiction, featuring a select group of leading Italian writers. You can check out the full list of programs on their website, but special thanks to the 6:00 p.m. EST panel, featuring Jhumpa Lahiri, Edoardo Albinati, and Emanuel Trevi. Register here.

In Conversation: Joseph Han and Crystal Hana Kim
June 14 at 7 p.m. EST

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop Presents a Virtual Book Launch Event for Joseph Han’s Debut Novel, Nuclear family. A sometimes hilarious and deeply moving story about family and history, it’s a “moving exploration of the losses we inherit, the continued violence of borders, and the embodiment of history” (K-Ming Chang) . Joseph will be joined in the conversation by author Crystal Hana Kim, fellow novelist and 2022 5 Under 35 winner. Sign up here.

Can I laugh at this?
June 16 at 5 p.m. EST

PEN America features four top comedians, discussing how they do their jobs in today’s world. It’s a world where a failed joke can end up on social media, dissected by millions of people. Where the line between an acceptable joke and one that crosses the line is blurrier than ever. Where bad news inspires good comedy…even if we laugh through our tears. Register here.

Launch of Gender Queer: A Memoir Deluxe Edition
June 16 at 7 p.m. EST

America’s most contested book of 2021 is now published in a deluxe hardback edition. Join author Maia Kobabe and moderator Kori Michele in a conversation about this book, its impact, and the power of comics as a medium for queer and trans writers. Register here.

In conversation: Eric Kim and Michelle Zauner
June 21 at 7 p.m. EST

New York Times Writer Eric Kim grew up in Atlanta, the son of two Korean immigrants. Food has always been at the heart of his story, from the Friday night Korean barbecue with his family to hybrid Korean meals for one, like Gochujang Buttered Radish Toast and Caramelized Kimchi Baked Potatoes, which he prepares in his small apartment in New York. . In his first cookbook, korean american, Eric shares these recipes accompanied by insightful and touching stories. Michelle Zauner will join him in a conversation hosted by Books Are Magic. Watch the livestream on YouTube here.

Angela C. Hale