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 e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, author of the FAT ANGIE series, and Amber Smith, author of SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY!

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and Amber Smith

A Room of One's Own welcomes e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, author (most recently) of Fat Angie: Homecoming, and Amber Smith, author of Something Like Gravity, for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast!

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Fat Angie: Homecoming Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536208399
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Candlewick - November 2nd, 2021

Something Like Gravity Cover Image
$12.99
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ISBN: 9781534437197
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 7th, 2020

A Virtual Conversation with Erica Rosenfeld Halverson, author of HOW THE ARTS CAN SAVE EDUCATION, and Ali Muldrow!

A Room of One's Own welcomes UW-Madison professor Dr. Erica Rosenfeld Halverson, author of How the Arts Can Save Education, for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast with Ali Muldrow!

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How the Arts Can Save Education: Transforming Teaching, Learning, and Instruction (Technology) Cover Image
$36.95
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ISBN: 9780807765722
Published: Teachers College Press - October 22nd, 2021

A Virtual Conversation with Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain, authors of DOGS ON THE TRAIL!

Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain book event

A Room of One's Own welcomes professional mushers Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain, co-authors of Dogs on the Trail: A Year in the LIfe, for a virtual presentation on Crowdcast!

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Dogs on the Trail: A Year in the Life Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063066267
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco - November 16th, 2021

A Virtual Conversation With Lee Mandelo, author of SUMMER SONS, and Daryl Gregory!

Lee Mandelo Event

A Room of One's Own welcomes back Lee Mandelo, author of Summer Sons, for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast with fellow Southern Gothic writer Daryl Gregory!

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Summer Sons is a sweltering, queer Southern Gothic that crosses Appalachian street racing with academic intrigue, all haunted by a hungry ghost.

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Summer Sons Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250790286
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Tordotcom - September 28th, 2021

A Virtual Conversation with Eleanor Whitney, author of RIOT WOMAN, Raechel Anne Jolie, and L Torres!

Eleanor Whitney event

A Room of One's Own welcomes Eleanor Whitney, author of Riot Woman: Using Feminist Values to Destroy the Patriarchy, for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast with Raechel Anne Jolie (author of Rust Belt Femme) and L Torres!

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Riot Woman (Punx) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781648410376
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Microcosm Publishing - September 14th, 2021

A Virtual Conversation With Beth Gilstrap, DeMisty Bellinger, and Ursula Villarreal-Moura!

Beth Gilstrap, DeMisty Bellinger, Ursula Villareal-Moura

A Room of One's Own welcomes authors Beth Gilstrap (Deadheading and Other Stories), DeMisty D. Bellinger (Peculiar Heritage), and Ursula Villareal-Moura (Math for the Self-Crippling, forthcoming 2022) for a virtual conversation on Crowdcast!

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Deadheading and Other Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781636280004
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Red Hen Press - October 3rd, 2021

Peculiar Heritage Cover Image
$18.00
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ISBN: 9781951853068
Published: Mason Jar Press - August 17th, 2021

The Progressive Presents: Dave Zirin, author of THE KAEPERNICK EFFECT, in Conversation with Bill Leuders

Dave Zirin event

The Progressive Magazine, in collaboration with A Room of One's Own, presents a virtual conversation with sportswriter Dave Zirin livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook Live!

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The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World Cover Image
$25.99
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ISBN: 9781620976753
Published: New Press - September 14th, 2021

Otherwise Award Ceremony with 2020 Winner Oghenechovwe Ekpeki!

A Room of One's Own presents a virtual ceremony in celebration of the 2020 Otherwise Award, featuring last year's prizewinning author Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and other special guests!

Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora Cover Image
By Zelda Knight (Editor), Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald (Editor), Joshua Omenga (Editor)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781946024794
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: Aurelia Leo - August 17th, 2020

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