Events

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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 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,

 

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2022 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture: GRACE LIN and ALVINA LING in Conversation

A Room of One's Own will be tabling at the Carlotte Zolotow Lecture! Join us in celebration of authors Grace Lin and Alvina Ling!

Grace Lin and Alvina Ling will deliver the 2022 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture on Thursday, October 20, 7:30 p.m., in Great Hall of the Memorial Union on the UW-Madison campus.

Equinox Weekend Tarot Reading

It's time to get witchy! Kick off this side of the Equinox with a tarot reading from Caelynn Margaret Harper - @the_awkwitch! Reading slots are each 10 minutes. We will have our favorite decks and witchy books on display! This event is in person on our back patio.

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Single card readings: $3
Full readings: $10

The Modern Witch Tarot Deck By Lisa Sterle, Vita Ayala (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Lisa Sterle, Vita Ayala (Foreword by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9781454938682
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Sterling Publishing (NY) - November 5th, 2019

Crow Tarot By Mj Cullinane Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781572819610
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: U.S. Games Systems - January 4th, 2019

Queering the Tarot By Cassandra Snow, Beth Maiden (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Cassandra Snow, Beth Maiden (Foreword by)
$16.95
This item is out of stock with our warehouse. Some recently published books may be in stock @ Room. Email to check.
ISBN: 9781578636488
Published: Weiser Books - May 1st, 2019

Tarot for Change: Using the Cards for Self-Care, Acceptance, and Growth By Jessica Dore Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593295939
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Penguin Life - October 26th, 2021

MEMORIES OF A GAY CATHOLIC BOYHOOD: A Conversation with JOHN D'EMILIO

In Honor of National Coming Out Day, A Room of One's Own welcomes author and LGBT scholar John D'Emilio for a reading and conversation on his newest book Memories of a Gay Catholic Boyhood: Coming of Age in the Sixties. We are excited to cohost with the Wisconsin Historical Society and the UW Madison Department of Gender & Women's Studies.

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Memories of a Gay Catholic Boyhood: Coming of Age in the Sixties By John D'Emilio Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781478015925
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Duke University Press - October 18th, 2022

Trans Voices, Trans Futures: Maine Lit Fest Event

A Room of One's Own is selling books for the Main Lit Fest panel Trans Voices, Trans Futures! You can support a queer and trans owned bookstore by ordering the author titles from us!

This is a virtual event.

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$17.99
SKU: 9781737593805

Victories Greater Than Death (Unstoppable #1) By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250317322
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Tor Teen - February 1st, 2022

Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak (Unstoppable #2) By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250317391
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Tor Teen - April 5th, 2022

Never Say You Can't Survive By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250800015
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Tordotcom - August 17th, 2021

All the Birds in the Sky By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765379955
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2017

The Passing Playbook By Isaac Fitzsimons Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781984815422
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Dial Books - May 31st, 2022

THE MULTIPLICITY OF VOICE: A Conversation with SONYA HUBER, JILL CHRISTMAN, and JODY KEISNER

A Room of One's Own welcomes Sonya HuberJill Christman, and Jody Keisner for a discussion on the multiplicity of a writer's voice. In this discussion, the authors will explore how a writer has many voices which they develop over a lifetime of writing practice and which are influenced by privilege, race, gender identity, place of origin, (dis)ability, and more factors.

This event is virtual via Crowdcast.

If This Were Fiction: A Love Story in Essays (American Lives ) By Jill Christman Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781496232359
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2022

Under My Bed and Other Essays (American Lives ) By Jody Keisner Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781496230478
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2022

Voice First: A Writer's Manifesto By Sonya Huber Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781496231314
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2022

ENTRY LEVEL: A Conversation with the Author WENDY WIMMER

A Room of One's Own welcomes Wendy Wimmer for a conversation on her newest short story collection Entry Level

This event is in person on our back patio.

About Entry Level

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Entry Level By Wendy Wimmer Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781637680582
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Autumn House Press - September 28th, 2022

A MINOR CHORUS: A Conversation with BILLY-RAY BELCOURT

This event is virtual via Crowdcast.

A debut novel from a rising literary star that brings the modern queer and Indigenous experience into sharp relief. In the stark expanse of Northern Alberta, a queer Indigenous doctoral student steps away from his dissertation to write a novel, informed by a series of poignant

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A Minor Chorus: A Novel By Billy-Ray Belcourt Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781324021421
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2022

THE UNBALANCING: A Conversation with the Author R. B. LEMBERG and Guest NICASIO ANDRES REED

A Room of One's Own welcomes R. B. Lemberg and Nicasio Andres Reed for a virtual conversation on Lemberg's newest book The Unbalancing

This event is virtual via Crowdcast.

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About The Unbalancing

The Unbalancing: A Birdverse Novel By R. B. Lemberg Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616963804
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Tachyon Publications - September 20th, 2022

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