Events

News posts and recaps of events (posted separately from the event pages)

Covid-19 Updates

Update 4/1/2020: Hello booklovers! We have sent our staff to work from home for the foreseeable future and will only be having one person (an owner) in the store every day. We will be shipping books directly from our warehouse when possible and have changed our shipping prices ($3 for first book, .50 cents for each book after) to reflect that. Thank you so much for your continued support, patience, understanding, and bookloving.

Update 3/23: Hello friends! We are suspending the Madison-area delivery option for the time being, as we are overwhelmed and with the safer-at-home order coming into effect tomorrow, it seems inappropriate to be sending our staff driving all over town. If you are still waiting for your delivery, we appreciate your patience! We will likely be switching to media mail delivery option only, no in-store or staff delivery, and will let you know individually if your order is going to be coming by mail rather than our staff delivering. We are currently working as much as possible while keeping our staff safe (and asking them to stay home if they are at all sick), so we will be in touch soon if you have an order pending--possibly in the next day or two. Please note that our response time will likely increase as we cut back on staff being in the store, for everyone's safety. We are working to get your books to you as soon as is safely possible. Thank you so much for your outpouring of support--we love you so much and are glad to be there for you as much as we can during this pandemic.

Update 3/19: Wow, we have been floored, humbled, energized, and a little overwhelmed by the outpouring of support! Thank you so much to everyone who has placed web orders, called us, and sent supportive messages! We are processing as quickly as we can, but the high volume means we are running about a day behind on processing. We plan to catch up over the weekend.

New today: You can now purchase and redeem online gift codes on our website! These are only redeemable on our website for paper books and related products like puzzles--unfortunately they cannot be used on Kobo ebooks or Libro.fm audiobooks, both of which have their own internal gift code programs. When you purchase the code, our staff will process the order (which means it may take a bit for the code to get sent!) and the recipient will get emailed a code to use on our website. The code is a string of numbers that they copy and paste into the 'Online Gift Code' option of the web order checkout process, under 'payment methods'.

Update 3/16: As of today, A Room of One's Own will be closed to the public for the near future (at least through this week). We are available from 10am to 4pm to run prepaid orders out to you at our door if you wish--please call (608) 257-7888 or place a web order online. We are also offering doorstep delivery for free in the Madison area, and $1/book media mail shipping.Until April 10th A Room of One's Own will be open to the public from 12pm to 4pm Mon-Sun.. We will update this page with more links and information as things change.

As a space in which a lot of physical interaction takes place (people touch books as they browse), and which is not essential to public health during this crisis, we are taking steps to do our part to help flatten the curve and undercut the spread of COVID-19 in the Madison community. We want to increase social distance for our employees and our beloved customers.

We have made the above decisions to lessen exposure for our booksellers and our bookish community, to the global and national emergency that is the COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking protective measures to help flatten the curve of infection out of love and responsibility for our community. We hope that, months from now, our precautions look like an overreaction--that will mean they worked.

Although we are reducing your in-store shopping options, we are expanding other ways for you to engage with us and get the books you want or need more safely during our reduced hours!

  • $1 shipping/book for all U.S. orders
  • free Madison-area curbside book delivery
  • cancelling face-to-face events
  • buy gift certificates to use later or by phone ($10, $20, or $50)
  • quarantine book lists
  • uplifting and informative social media content on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

We believe books and book reading help us feel human and connected and help us to imagine worlds outside our current one. We want to remain accessible to you for book buying without contributing to unnecessary exposure. We hope you utilize our book lists and order online, or take advantage of our partnerships with Libro.fm for digital audiobooks and Kobo for ebooks. We very much want to put books in your hands and for you to have sturdy, enlightening, and diverting TBR piles through this new time that is pushing us to be cautious with ourselves and our community.

As always, we appreciate and are grateful for your continued support and your endless love of books,

 

Your Room Booksellers

#transgirlsummer With Romance Authors Penny Aimes and May Peterson!

trans romance event

A Room of One's Own welcomes trans romance writers Penny Aimes, author of For the Love of April French, and May Peterson, author of The Calyx Charm, for a virtual event on Crowdcast!

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For the Love of April French Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780369716026
Availability: Coming Soon
Published: Carina Adores - August 30th, 2021

The Calyx Charm Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9781488055201
Availability: Available Now
Published: Carina Press - July 12th, 2021

A Virtual Conversation with Darrel McLeod, author of PEYAKOW, and Steffan Triplett!

Darrel McLeod event

A Room of One's Own welcomes Darrel McLeod, author of Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity, for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast with journalist Steffan Triplett!

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Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313973
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - August 10th, 2021

A Virtual Conversation With Thulani Davis, author of NOTHING BUT THE MUSIC, and Barry Singer!

Thulani Davis event photo

A Room of One's Own welcomes poet and historian Dr. Thulani Davis, author (most recently) of Nothing But the Music, for a virtual event on Crowdcast with fellow author Barry Singer!

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Nothing But the Music: Documentaries from Nightclubs, Lofts, Dance Halls & a Tailor's Shop in Dakar Cover Image
By Thulani Davis, Jessica Hagedorn (Foreword by), Tobi Haslett (Introduction by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781733723565
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Blank Forms Editions - January 5th, 2021

A Virtual Conversation with Shelley Parker-Chan, author of SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN, Lee Mandelo, author of SUMMER SONS, and Alix E. Harrow!

Parker-Chan Harrow Mandelo event photo

A Room of One's Own welcomes Shelley Parker-Chan, author of She Who Became the Sun, for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast with fellow author Alix E. Harrow!

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She Who Became the Sun Cover Image
$27.99
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ISBN: 9781250621801
Published: Tor Books - July 20th, 2021

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Summer Sons Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250790286
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tordotcom - September 28th, 2021

Paperback Book Launch for N.K. Jemisin's THE CITY WE BECAME!

City We Became launch event

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to announce our partnership in the virtual book launch of N.K.

The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316509886
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Orbit - July 27th, 2021

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525560562
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2021

Editors of FAT & QUEER Anthology in Conversation with Contributing Author Jonathan Hillman!

Fat & Queer event

A Room of One's Own welcomes Miguel M. Morales and Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini, co-editors of the new anthology Fat & Queer, for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast with Jonathan Hillman, a contributing author to the anthology!

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Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781787755062
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - May 21st, 2021

[POSTPONED] A Virtual Conversation with Randi Triant, author of A NEW LIFE, and Sarah Anne Johnson, author of THE LAST SAILOR!

Randi Triant and Sarah Anne Johnson

Edit: Due to personal circumstances, this event has been postponed. A new date and time will be announced soon!

A Room of One's Own welcomes Randi Triant, author of A New Life, and Sarah Anne Johnson, author of The Last Sailor, for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast!

A New Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781952270284
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
All sales of this book are final--it is print on demand and may take up to 2 weeks to arrive.
Published: Sapphire Books Publishing - June 1st, 2021

The Last Sailor Cover Image
$16.99
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ISBN: 9781402298530
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - November 17th, 2020

A Virtual Conversation with Amy Sohn, author of THE MAN WHO HATED WOMEN, and Ruth Franklin!

Amy Sohn event

A Room of One's Own welcomes Amy Sohn, author of the forthcoming The Man Who Hated Women, for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast with fellow writer and critic Ruth Franklin!

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The Man Who Hated Women: Sex, Censorship, and Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250174819
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 6th, 2021

A Virtual Book Launch for WE ARE THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB!

A Room of One's Own welcomes Megan Milks and Marisa Crawford, editors of the new anthology We Are the Baby-Sitters Club, for a virtual book launch on Crowdcast featuring a bevy of contributing authors, including: Kristen Arnett, Jamie Broadnax, Yumi Sakugawa, Jeanne Thornton, Kim Hutt Mayhew, Jennifer Epperson, Kristen Felicetti, and Jack Shepherd!

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We Are the Baby-Sitters Club: Essays and Artwork from Grown-Up Readers Cover Image
By Marisa Crawford (Editor), Megan Milks (Editor), Mara Wilson (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781641604901
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Chicago Review Press - July 6th, 2021

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