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Celebrating more than 30 years of great author luncheons and literary camaraderie!


Brickell Literary's Virtual Author Series ~ 

After much anticipation, we are thrilled to announce the Fall 2020 literary season. Be sure to join your friends from Brickell Avenue Literary Society for insightful conversations with famous authors and meet book lovers just like you. For the time being, each author talk will be presented virtually using an internet-based platform called Crowdcast. It is intuitive, easy-to-use and allows for interactions in real-time between the author and the viewers.

Scroll down to review our stellar fall lineup of authors. We will announce the Spring 2021 schedule later this year when hopefully in-person author luncheons can safely resume.

A special Thank You


Mitchell Kaplan at Books & Books

for curating an exciting roster of author talks for Brickell Avenue Literary Society members

    • August 01, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • December 31, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Virtual Author Series, 1pm via Crowdcast

    Fall 2020 Virtual Author Series

    Each Virtual Event is FREE with a Paid 2020-21 Membership

    and is

    Exclusive to Current Members of Brickell Avenue Literary Society

    Current Members will be Automatically Registered

    Current Members will Receive FREE Books

    September 15


    Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom

    In conversation with Jordan Pavlin,

    senior vice president and editorial director of Alfred A. Knopf

    Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn.

    Photo credit: Peter Hurley/Vilcek Foundation

    October 1


    Sigrid Nunez, What Are You Going Through

    In conversation with bestselling author Lauren Groff

    Sigrid Nunez is the author of the novels Salvation City, The Last of Her Kind, A Feather on the Breath of God, and For Rouenna, among others. She has been the recipient of several awards including a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and the 2018 National Book Award for her New York Times-bestselling novel The Friend. She lives in New York City.

    Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger

    November 12


    Bryan Washington, Memorial

    Moderator to be announced

    Bryan Washington is a National Book Award "5 Under 35" honoree, and winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His first book, the story collection Lot, was a finalist for the NBCC’s John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Lot was a New York Times Notable Book, one of Dwight Garner’s top ten books of the year, and on best-of-the-year lists from Time, NPR, Vanity Fair, BuzzFeed, and many more. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Tin House, One Story, Bon Appétit, GQ, The Awl, and Catapult. He lives in Houston.

    Photo credit: David Gracia

    December 9


    Karen Russell, Sleep Donation

    Moderator to be announced

    Karen Russell has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, the "5 Under 35" prize from the National Book Foundation, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, son, and daughter.

    Photo credit: Dan Hawk

    All of our Virtual Author Series events will be held at 1:00pm via the Crowdcast  platform. These will be members-only  events.


    Forty-eight hours prior to each event, all current members will be automatically registered for the upcoming event and those members will receive a free book by mail after that event. (Log in to be sure we have your current mailing address on file.)

    We cannot guarantee that late-joining members will be able to receive books from past 2020-21 events.

    We hope to make recordings of these virtual events available to all  members shortly after each event has closed.

    Please subscribe to our mailing list  to stay informed about Brickell Avenue Literary Society.

    Updated 9/8/2020

Past events

April 27, 2020 *CANCELED* Lunch with Julia Alvarez
March 18, 2020 *CANCELED* Lunch with James McBride
February 10, 2020 Lunch with Julia Phillips
February 10, 2020 (Canceled) Lunch with Jeanine Cummins
January 16, 2020 Lunch with Jaquira Diaz
December 18, 2019 Lunch with Mamta Chaudhry
November 22, 2019 Lunch with Richard Russo
October 18, 2019 Lunch with Jeanette Winterson
September 26, 2019 Lunch with Salman Rushdie
May 02, 2019 Lunch with John Burnham Schwartz
March 21, 2019 Lunch with Elliot Ackerman
February 14, 2019 Lunch with Madeline Miller
January 18, 2019 Lunch with Min Jin Lee
December 18, 2018 Lunch with Sloane Crosley
November 13, 2018 Lunch with Tayari Jones
October 31, 2018 Lunch with Alexander Chee
September 26, 2018 Lunch with Gary Shteyngart
April 25, 2018 Lunch with Aminatta Forna
April 25, 2018 CANCELED | Lunch with Martha Grimes
March 22, 2018 CANCELED | Lunch with Ayad Akhtar
March 07, 2018 A Conversation About Books & Film with Mitchell Kaplan & Dennis Scholl
February 16, 2018 Lunch with Amor Towles
January 18, 2018 Lunch with Dani Shapiro
December 14, 2017 Lunch with Kevin Young
November 16, 2017 Lunch with Edwidge Danticat
October 26, 2017 Lunch with Andre Aciman
September 27, 2017 Lunch with Alice McDermott
April 19, 2017 Lunch with David Rieff
March 16, 2017 Lunch with Chitra Divakaruni
February 16, 2017 Lunch with Maureen Corrigan
January 19, 2017 Lunch with Aaron Thier
December 12, 2016 Lunch with Michael Chabon
November 04, 2016 Lunch with Alexander Maksik
October 21, 2016 Lunch with Patricia Engel
September 15, 2016 Lunch with Jonathan Safran Foer

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