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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 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 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

John Nichols, author of The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party

A Room of One's Own and the Progressive Magazine present an evening with journalist John Nichols discussing and reading from his new book: The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics. John Nichols will be introduced by Norman Stockwell, publisher of The Progressive.

The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics Cover Image
ISBN: 9781788737401
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Verso - April 6th, 2020

Healing in a Broken World: Marlena Fiol and Doug Bradley in Conversation

This Reconciliation Day, A Room of One's Own presents authors Doug Bradley and Marlena Fiol in virtual conversation via Zoom! Marlena and Doug will explore ways to generate healing within each of us individually and to stimulate collective goodwill and peace where there is fear and divisiveness.

Click here to register for this free event!

Nothing Bad Between Us: A Mennonite Missionary's Daughter Finds Healing in Her Brokenness (True Story, Memoir, Conflict Resolution, Religious Cover Image
By Marlena Fiol, Phil Cousineau (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781642503586
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mango - October 27th, 2020

Who'll Stop the Rain: Respect, Remembrance, and Reconciliation in Post-Vietnam America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944353292
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Warriors Publishing Group - March 10th, 2020

A Cooking Session on Zoom With Milk Street Chefs Christopher Kimball & J.M. Hirsch!

Chrisopher Kimball and J.M. Hirsch event

Room of One's Own event fans will remember our greatest heartbreak of 2019, when some typically Wisconsin inclement weather denied us an in-store cooking presentation by Milk Street's Christopher Kimball. Almost a year later, we have a thrilling two-for-one special to announce: Christopher (presenting the new cookbook Cookish) and fellow cooking genius J.M.

Milk Street: Cookish: Throw It Together: Big Flavors. Simple Techniques. 200 Ways to Reinvent Dinner. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316540308
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Published: Voracious - October 13th, 2020

Shake Strain Done: Craft Cocktails at Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316428514
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Published: Voracious - November 3rd, 2020

A Virtual Conversation With Michelle Bowdler & Finn Enke!

Michelle Bowdler event photo

A Room of One's Own presents a virtual event between Michelle Bowdler, author of Is Rape a Crime?, and UW-Madison professor Finn Enke! This event will be broadcast via Crowdcast.


Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250255631
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - July 28th, 2020

Happy Hour Zoom Conversation with Mary Lang Sollinger

Mary Lang Sollinger event

A Room of One's Own presents a Happy Hour Conversation on Zoom with local activist Mary Lang Sollinger, author of the Obama campaign memoir From Inspiration to Activism, and radio host Carol Koby!



From Inspiration to Activism: A Personal Journey through Obama’s Presidential Campaign Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942586760
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Published: Little Creek Press - March 1st, 2020

A Virtual Conversation With Amber Boudreau and Tracey S. Phillips!

Amber Boudreau event photo

A Room of One's Own presents a virtual conversation on Zoom between local author Amber Boudreau, celebrating her debut novel The Dragoneer, and crime fic author Tracey S. Phillips!

The Dragoneer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733122528
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Dragon Street Press - June 2nd, 2020

The Creators of Vidar & Hans Talk Comics w/ Lashawn M. Wanak!

Vidar and Hans event image

A Room of One's Own welcomes local comic creators Nathan Peterson and Gary Nauman for a virtual conversation with LaShawn Wanak on Crowdcast! REGISTER HERE: 

About Vidar & Hans:

White picket fences, kids riding bikes, Friday night fish frys, the neighbor walking the family dog—these are just a few of the things that make small-town Stoughton, Wisconsin, really feel like home. 

Choice Words: Writers on Abortion Roundtable Event

Choice Words event photo

A Room of One's Own, in collaboration with POWERS (Pregnancy Options WI: Education, Resources, Support); Women's Medical Fund WI, Persist - Progressive Women Activists of Washington County, and the Black Earth Institute, presents a virtual conversation via Zoom between contributors to the new essay collection Choice Words: Writers on Abortion!

Choice Words: Writers on Abortion Cover Image
By Annie Finch (Editor), Audre Lorde (Contribution by), Dorothy Parker (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781642591484
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 7th, 2020