June Events Recap!

Hello readers!

Here’s the June playlist of all of our virtual events! You can watch these videos whenever you’d like and it will be just like you were there, at the event live! We had some fabulous events in June (five of eight were queer in some way, so we celebrated Pride right!), so check them out here!

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Casey McQuiston and Sandhya/Lily Menon

Once-local friend of the store Casey McQuiston, bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue, celebrated the release of her sophomore novel, One Last Stop with us! She Zoomed in from New York to join us and Colorado romance author of Make Up Break Up, Lily Menon (also known as Sandhya) to chat about One Last Stop, the importance of queer representation in romance, New York as a character, and the magic of happy endings.

Paula Stone Williams and Tobi Cahill

Internationally known speaker on gender equity and LGBTQ advocacy Dr. Paula Stone Williams joined us to talk about her memoir, As a Woman, the story of her transition and her journey through the gendered landscape of our society. She was interviewed by Tobi Cahill, the president of PFLAG Boulder, about how the book came to be and the difficulties of finding acceptance in religious spaces while queer. Since she’s a minister, Paula taught us how to spot an actually inclusive church and gave encouraging advice to young queers looking for support.

Janna Goodwin on The End of the World Notwithstanding

Denver author Janna Goodwin sat down with us to talk about her goofy, deep, anxious, hilarious memoir, The End of the World NotwithstandingMarketing Manager Nicole interviewed her about fear and what it takes to overcome it, how to write a book during a pandemic, bonkers stories featuring natural disasters and the threat thereof, and evil cats. Janna read us a few passages of the book to whet your appetite for this heartfelt and very funny memoir. This conversation was more fun than it had any right to be, and you don’t want to skip it!

J.A. Jance on Unfinished Business

NYT-Bestselling author J.A. Jance joined us to talk about the sixteenth book in the Ali Reynolds mystery series: Unfinished BusinessSusie, our store’s owner and a major mystery fan, asked Judy questions about writing, sexism in the industry, her favorite characters, and what’s next.

Myriam Steinberg on Catalogue Baby

Myriam Steinberg, at age 40, decided it was time to become a mother, with or without a man. She chronicled her journey to single-mother-by-choice in her graphic novel memoir, Catalogue Baby. It wasn’t smooth sailing, and the conversation between Myriam and her friend Lani who was there for everything digs into grief, joy, the taboo around talking about miscarriage, and the decision to write a graphic novel instead of a traditional memoir. Don’t worry–there’s a happy ending after all the rain clouds, and this conversation is a beautiful exploration of that journey.

Lacie Waldon and Kerry Winfrey

Two fabulous romance authors had books come out on the same day–so of course we had to chat with both of them! Lacie Waldon debuted her first novel, The Layover, and Kerry Winfrey, author of Waiting for Tom Hanks dropped her latest novel, Very Sincerely Yours. We talked about romance tropes, the importance of happy endings, writing said happy endings during a pandemic, and who would play their characters in hypothetical movie adaptations. If you love romance, don’t skip this one!

Anya Josephs Debuts Queen of All

Debut author Anya Josephs has been writing the Jena Cycle since she was 11…and now the first book, Queen of All, is out in the world and waiting for you to read it! Nicole interviewed Anya about YA fantasy inspirations, queer romance, the importance of representation of plus-sized girls in books, changing titles and names, and the process of writing and rewriting a book for so many years. It’s a fun conversation and a soft, beautiful book, so definitely check this one out!

Carrie Vaughn and Marjorie Liu

Sci-fi/Fantasy giants Carrie Vaughn and Marjorie Liu joined us to celebrate their latest books and the genre we love best! Carrie’s Questland is a rollicking adventure through D&D-land, and Marjorie’s Tangleroot Palace is a collection of short stories that are atmospheric and absolutely beautiful. The conversation is a mutual appreciation society that also digs into the difference between writing short stories vs graphic novels vs novels, the shift from urban fantasy to other subgenres, the delight of putting your fandoms and the things you love most in your books, and the characters who leap off the page to yell at you to write them. It’s a fun hour full of awesome, and you don’t want to skip it!

You can watch any or all of these virtual events by clicking on their titles above, or by going to our Facebook Videos page, where they live along with all of our previous virtual events. You can purchase any of the books through the links in the video descriptions or by clicking on their titles here. And don’t forget to check out our calendar of Upcoming Events–we’ve got a few coming up in July we can’t wait for!

We hope you enjoy these past events and we look forward to seeing you at any or all of the upcoming ones!

Happy reading!

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