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

HOUSE OF OUR QUEER: A Conversation with BEX MUI and CAELYNN HARPER

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to welcome Bex Mui and Caelynn Harper for a conversation on Bex's new book House of Our Queer: Healing, Reframing, and Reclaiming Your Spiritual Practice.

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House of Our Queer: Healing, Reframing, and Reclaiming Your Spiritual Practice By Bex Mui, Cordelia Eddy (Editor) Cover Image
By Bex Mui, Cordelia Eddy (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781737364313
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Purple Palm Press - March 1st, 2023

A Poetry Reading with CLAIRE WAHMANHOLM and K IVER

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to welcome Claire Wahmanholm and K Iver for a poetry reading from each other their books Meltwater and Short Film Starring My Beloved’s Red Bronco

About Meltwater

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Meltwater: Poems By Claire Wahmanholm Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781639551019
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - March 7th, 2023

Short Film Starring My Beloved's Red Bronco By K. Iver Cover Image
By K. Iver
$16.00
ISBN: 9781639550609
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Milkweed Editions - January 10th, 2023

THE VERMILION EMPORIUM: A Conversation with Author JAMIE PACTON and Guest M.K. ENGLAND

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to welcome local author Jamie Pacton and guest author M.K. England for a conversation on Jamie's newest book The Vermilion Emporium.

This is a virtual event on Crowdcast

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The Vermilion Emporium By Jamie Pacton Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781682634882
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Peachtree Teen - November 22nd, 2022

HALFWAY FROM HOME: A Conversation with Author SARAH FAWN MONTGOMERY and SJ SINDU

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to welcome Sarah Fawn Montgomery and SJ Sindu for a virtual conversation on Montgomery's new book Halfway from Home.

This is a virtual event via Crowdcast

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About Halfway from Home:

Halfway from Home: Essays By Sarah Fawn Montgomery Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781952897252
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: Split/Lip Press - September 19th, 2022

THE WORLD KEEPS ENDING, AND THE WORLD GOES ON: A Conversation with the Author FRANNY CHOI and Poets PAUL TRAN and NATE MARSHALL

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to welcome Franny Choi, Paul Tran, and Nate Marshall for a conversation and virtual poetry reading of Franny's newest book The World Keeps Ending, and The World Goes On: Poems.

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The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On By Franny Choi Cover Image
$27.99
This item is out of stock with our warehouse. Some recently published books may be in stock @ Room. Email to check.
ISBN: 9780063240087
Published: Ecco - November 1st, 2022

Soft Science By Franny Choi Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938584992
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Alice James Books - April 2nd, 2019

Floating, Brilliant, Gone By Franny Choi Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781938912436
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Write Bloody Publishing - April 15th, 2014

Finna: Poems By Nate Marshall Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593132456
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: One World - August 11th, 2020

Wild Hundreds (Pitt Poetry Series) By Nate Marshall Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780822963837
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 9th, 2015

The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop By Kevin Coval (Editor), Quraysh Ali Lansana (Editor), Nate Marshall (Editor) Cover Image
By Kevin Coval (Editor), Quraysh Ali Lansana (Editor), Nate Marshall (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781608463954
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Haymarket Books - April 7th, 2015

All the Flowers Kneeling (Penguin Poets) By Paul Tran Cover Image
$18.00
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ISBN: 9780143136842
Published: Penguin Books - February 15th, 2022

THE WHITE MOSQUE: A Conversation with Author SOFIA SAMATAR and CARMEN MARIA MACHADO

A Room of One's Own is thrilled to welcome Sofia Samatar and Carmen Maria Machado for a discussion of Sofia's newest book The White Mosque.

This event is virtual via Crowdcast.

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The White Mosque: A Memoir By Sofia Samatar Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781646220977
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Catapult - October 25th, 2022

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