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PBS Books is a multi-platform initiative celebrating the love of reading. Through social and digital engagement and live coverage of important literary events across the country, PBS Books celebrates books and writers and works to foster a passion for reading among public media viewers and listeners.

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Visions of America: African American Family Stories and Genealogy – Visiting the International African American Museum and Exploring Connections

Date:  February 29, 2024
Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
Free Virtual Event

Uncovering African American Stories and Genealogy: Visiting the International African American Museum and Exploring Connections, part of the VISIONS OF AMERICA: All Stories, All People, All Places series, produced collaboratively by PBS Books and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The program is hosted by the National Director of PBS Books, Heather-Marie Montilla, and the IMLS Acting Director, Cyndee Landrum.

Ken Aptekar | The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series

Date:  March 1, 2024
Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT

Artist Ken Aptekar toys with historical paintings by using the history of art as his playground. He time-travels works from the past into the present by his repainting joined to his own texts. Here’s the idea: Paintings are nothing on their own, they start meaning something only when you start talking back to them. Aptekar turns this conviction into oil paintings on wood panels over which he bolts glass sandblasted with text.

Author Talk with Lisa Selin Davis

Date: March 6, 2024
Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
Free Virtual Event

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, PBS Books National Director Heather-Marie Montilla is joined by journalist and author Lisa Selin Davis to chat about her latest book Housewife: Why Women Still Do It All and What To Do Instead. Lisa tackles the “myth” of the divide between breadwinners and homemakers. Examining working-women throughout history, Lisa provides the roadmap for women to be empowered to choose the best path for themselves as they navigate balance in modern-day society.

Author Talk with Tracy Subisak
 

Date: March 8, 2024
Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
Free Virtual Event

Celebrate Social and Emotional Learning Day by joining us for a fantastic conversation with PBS Books National Director Heather-Marie Montilla and author and illustrator Tracy Subisak, discussing her book Sorry Snail. This heartfelt children’s book showcases that everyone has feelings and helps to teach the importance of empathy. Join us for a fun conversation about a super-sweet book. No apology required.

PBS Books Readers Club – Allison Pataki

 

Date: March 27, 2024
Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
Free Virtual Event

Join the PBS Books Readers Club as we sit down with author of “Finding Margaret Fuller”, Allison Pataki. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Finding Margaret FullerThe Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post, The Queen’s FortuneThe Traitor’s WifeThe Accidental EmpressSisi: Empress on Her OwnWhere the Light Falls, as well as the nonfiction memoir Beauty in the Broken Places and two children’s books, Nelly Takes New York and Poppy Takes Paris.

Previous Events

PBS Books Readers Club – Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Sit down with author, scholar, and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for a deeper look at the stories and inspirations behind his bestselling book The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song. Prof. Gates guides us through the roots of the Black church and its importance as a foundation of American identity.

The State of Bipartisanship in America

The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. featured Governor Wes Moore of Maryland and Governor Spencer J. Cox of Utah as they discussed the state of bipartisanship in the United States. Their conversation was moderated by Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent and former Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour.