Blow Out Poe’s Candles, #24in48 Readathon, and More Bookish Happenings!

Welcome to Book Riot’s Events Newsletter, hosted by me, María Cristina! I had the great good fortune of being Jenn’s sidekick during the sophomore Book Riot Live, and while there are no immediate plans for a junior year, there are still plenty of bookish happenings to get excited about. Clear your calendars on the following dates, my reading friends.

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Poe’s Birthday Bash: January 20 in Richmond, VA

Quoth the Raven “Let’s get this party started!” From noon to midnight at the Poe Museum there will be cake, readings, screenings, cake, tours, cake, and cake. One of the bands performing is called League of Space Pirates, so you know it’s gonna be a good time.


The Bookworm Festival: February 3 in Houston, TX

Here’s one where the littles can attend age-appropriate panels and get their picture books signed! And the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation has funded grants for teachers and librarians to secure bus transportation. My heart grew three sizes.


24 in 48 readathon: January 27 and 28

Read Harder’s own Rachel Manwill is shepherding this online event again. The idea is to get in twenty-four hours of reading across one full weekend (which is actually kind of super inconvenient for me because I’d rather have a solid day to ignore all obligations but whatever some people like the flexibility of being able to take breaks for sleep and personal hygiene). You can sign-up for a chance at fabulous prizes, or just follow the hashtag #24in48 on your preferred social media platform(s).


Marie Lu

Stops include: January 16 (Houston, TX), 17 (Coral Gables, FL), 18 (Decatur, GA), 19 (Newnan, GA), and 22 (Folsom, CA)

Batman YA novel? Stahp it, I am so there.


Chloe Benjamin

Stops include: January 17 (Madison, WI), 18 (Milwaukee, WI), 19 (Naperville, IL), 20 (Nashville, TN), 22 (Brooklyn, NY), and 23 (Cambridge, MA)

January is a desolate ice underworld, but it did give us The Immortalists, so fine.

Samira Ahmed

Stops include: January 16 (Nashville, TN), 17 (New York, NY), 18 (Los Angeles, CA), 22 (Baltimore, MD) and 23 (Washington D.C.)

Debut YA novel Love, Hate and Other Filters is sweet, and #ownvoices to boot.



If you end up participating in any of the above, tell us about it on social media.

And if there are any bookish events that should be on my radar, tweet me @meowycristina or email me at

Hope to see you Riot readers in the wild!