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

A Virtual Conversation with Travis Baldree, author of LEGENDS & LATTES, and Room Bookseller Gideon Ariel!

Travis Baldree Event

A Room of One's Own welcomes Travis Baldree, author of Legends and Lattes, to a virtual conversation with Room bookseller Gideon Ariel!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ON CROWDCAST

Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9798985663211
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Cryptid Audio LLC - February 22nd, 2022

A Virtual Conversation with Pat Zietlow Miller, author of SEE YOU SOMEDAY SOON, and Sarah Aronson!

Pat Zietlow Miller and Sarah Aronson event photo

A Room of One's Own welcomes Pat Zietlow Miller, author (most recently) of See You Someday Soon, for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast with fellow children's author Sarah Aronson!

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See You Someday Soon Cover Image
By Pat Zietlow Miller, Suzy Lee (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250221100
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 14th, 2022

Katherine Addison, author of THE GRIEF OF STONES, on the Back Patio!

Katherine Addison event photo

A Room of One's Own welcomes Katherine Addison, author (most recently) of The Grief of Stones, sequel to her previous novel The Witness for the Dead, for a reading and Q&A on our back patio!

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The Grief of Stones (The Cemeteries of Amalo #2) Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250813893
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books - June 14th, 2022

The Witness for the Dead (The Cemeteries of Amalo #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765387431
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Tor Books - May 17th, 2022

Kathryn Harlan, author of FRUITING BODIES, on the Back Patio w/ Beth Nguyen!

A Room of One's Own welcomes Kathryn Harlan, author of the new short story collection Fruiting Bodies, for a conversation on the store's back patio with Beth Nguyen!

In stories that beckon and haunt, Fruiting Bodies ranges confidently from the fantastical to the gothic to the uncanny as it follows characters—mostly queer, mostly women—on the precipice of change. Echoes of timeless myth and folklore reverberate through urgent narratives of discovery, appetite, and coming-of-age in a time of crisis.

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Fruiting Bodies: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781324021223
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2022

Virtual Book Launch: Cory Silverberg, author of YOU KNOW, SEX, in Conversation with Melissa Pintor Carnagey

Cory Silverberg book launch

A Room of One's Own joins Word Up Community Bookshop, Moon Palace Books, and Charis Bookstore for a virtual celebration of Cory Silverberg's new book You Know, Sex, the third installment of Cory and Fiona Smyth's award-winning series about bodies, gender, puberty, sex, power, consent, joy, and how to be a decent human being. Cory will be in conversation with Melissa Pintor Carnagey, author of the best-selling Sex Positive Talks to Have With Kids, and founder of Sex Positive Families.

You Know, Sex: Bodies, Gender, Puberty, and Other Things Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781644210802
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Triangle Square - April 12th, 2022

Sex Positive Talks to Have With Kids: A guide to raising sexually healthy, informed, empowered young people Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781087951683
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
All sales of this book are final--it is print on demand and may take up to 3 weeks to arrive.
Published: Sex Positive Families - February 19th, 2021

The Queer Art of the Anthology: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Zena Sharman in Conversation

Zena Sharman and Mattidla Bernstein Sycamore Event

In this conversation, authors Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Zena Sharman discuss their most recent anthologies, Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis and The Care We Dream Of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Health. Together, they’ll explore the queer art of the anthology as both specific literary form and purposeful political and curatorial intervention.

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The Care We Dream of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Health Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781551528601
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 26th, 2021

Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781551528502
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 5th, 2021

Rhea Ewing, author of FINE: A COMIC ABOUT GENDER, on the Back Patio!

Rhea Ewing event photo

A Room of One's Own welcomes Rhea Ewing, author of Fine: A Comic About Gender, for an in-person presentation and discussion of their work on Room's back patio!

Fine: A Comic About Gender Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781631496806
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Liveright - April 5th, 2022

A Virtual Conversation with Angela Mi Young Hur, author of FOLKLORN, and Translators Anton Hur & Janet Hong!

Angela Mi Young Hur event

A Room of One's Own welcomes Angela Mi Young Hur, author of the novel Folklorn (out now in paperback), for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast with acclaimed translators Anton Hur and Janet Hong!

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Folklorn is a wondrous and necessary exploration of the myths we inherit and those we fashion for ourselves.

Folklorn Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781645660422
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Erewhon - May 10th, 2022

Violets Cover Image
By Kyung-Sook Shin, Anton Hur (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781558612907
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Feminist Press - April 12th, 2022

Lemon: A Novel Cover Image
By Kwon Yeo-sun, Janet Hong (Translated by)
$20.00
This item is out of stock with our warehouse. Some recently published books may be in stock @ Room. Email to check.
ISBN: 9781635420883
Published: Other Press - October 26th, 2021

Decoteau J. Irby, author of STUCK IMPROVING, on the Back Patio!

Decoteau J Irby event

A Room of One's Own welcomes Dr. Decoteau J. Irby, author of Stuck Improving: Racial Equity and School Leadership, for an in-person reading and discussion of his work on the store's back patio!

Stuck Improving: Racial Equity and School Leadership (Race and Education) Cover Image
$34.00
This item is out of stock with our warehouse. Some recently published books may be in stock @ Room. Email to check.
ISBN: 9781682536575
Published: Harvard Education PR - September 14th, 2021

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