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Did you miss a Back Room event? Subscribe to the Back Room YouTube channel or browse the videos below to enjoy excerpts from the opening sessions of all our events and find out what books our authors are recommending. As always, there are no recordings of the breakout sessions, because what’s said in the Back Room, stays in the Back Room!

2023 Events

 January 21, 2024 – Super Suspense! Charlaine Harris, Eriq La Salle, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Danielle Trussoni

 January 7, 2024 – New Year, New Books! with Araminta Hall, Janice Hallett, Edwin Hill, Vanessa Riley

 December 17, 2023 – Chills and Thrills with Jeffery Deaver, Karen Dionne, James L’Etoile, Nishita Parekh


 December 03, 2023 – Great Gifts! with Jillian Cantor, Cindy Fazzi, Jeneva Rose, and Jessica Strawser

 November 12, 2023 – Fall’s Big Books, Part III: with Jon Clinch, Stephen Mack Jones, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Peggy Townsend

 November 05, 2023 – Terrific Storytellers with Holly Cassidy, Tess Gerritsen, Vanessa Lillie, Nina Simon

 October 22, 2023 – Fall’s Big Books, Part II: Jean Kwok, Christina McDonald, Sam Rebelein, Lori Rader-Day

 October 8, 2023 – Superlative Suspense with Michele Campbell, Rob Hart, Jess Lourey, Paula Munier

 September 24, 2023 – Fall’s Big Books Part I: Jeff Abbott, Sara DiVello, Angie Kim, and Joshua Moehling

 September 10, 2023 – Must-Reads! with Allen Eskens, Alex Hay, Kirsty Manning, Iris Yamashita 

 August 20, 2023 – Summer Blockbusters with Brian Andrews & Jeff Wilson, Naomi Hirahara, Ken Jaworowski, Sarah Pekkanen 

 August 6, 2023 – Powerful Storytellers with Don Bentley, Tosca Lee, Kathy Reichs, Polly Stewart 

 July 16, 2023 – Must-Read Fiction with May Cobb, Samantha Downing, Jennifer Givhan, Wendy Heard 

July 9, 2023 – Perfect for Vacation with Terah Shelton Harris, Michael Koryta, Mindy Mejia, and John Pruitt 

June 25, 2023 – Summer Reads with Brett Battles, Claire Jiminez, Alex Marwood, Matthew Quirk 

June 4, 2023 – Twisty Suspense with Andrea Bartz, Mark Greaney, Katherine Reay, Nick Medina 

May 21, 2023 – Brilliant Storytellers with Liv Constantine, Robyn Gigl, Harini Nagendra, Lisa Scottoline 

May 7, 2023 – Psychological Suspense with Taylor Adams, Lexie Elliot, Ana Reyes, Wendy Walker 

April 16, 2023 – Historical Fiction with Julie Gerstenblatt, Pam Jenoff, Renee Rosen, Brendan Slocumb 

April 02, 2023 – Must-Reads for Spring! Jordan Harper, William Landay, Susan Patterson, Alisa Lynn Valdés 

March 19, 2023 – Family Matters with Johnny Compton, Julie Carrick Dalton, Zoje Stage, Stacy Willingham 

March 05, 2023 – Bestselling Suspense with Lyn Liao Butler, Eli Cranor, Adele Parks, Shelby Van Pelt

February 19, 2023 – Thrills & Chills with Tracy Clark, Gregg Hurwitz, BA Paris, and Hank Phillippi Ryan

February 12, 2023 – Riveting Suspense with Yasmin Angoe, J.T. Ellison, Shannon Kirk, Connor Sullivan

January 29, 2023 – Way Out West with Craig Johnson, Margaret Mizushima, Téa Obreht, Marcie R. Rendon

January 15, 2023 – New for the New Year: Kimberly Belle, Damyanti Biswas, Charlie Donlea, Mary Kubica

2022 Events

December 18, 2022 – For the Dogs with Peter Abrahams, W. Bruce Cameron, Paula Munier 


December, 4 2022 – Perfect Gifts: Ann Davila Cardinal, Elle Cosimano, Adam Hamdy, Ausma Zehanat Khan 

November 20, 2023 – Series Fiction Part II: Rhys Bowen, V.M. Burns, Glen Erik Hamilton, Simon Gervais

November 6, 2022 – Immersive Stories with Rachel Howzell Hall, John Hart, Jennifer Hillier, and Hannah Morrissey

October 23, 2022 – Series Fiction Part I: Robert Crais, Sophie Hannah, Nick Petrie, and K.D. Richards

October 2, 2022 – Fall Must-Reads: Robin Morgan-Bentley, Wanda Morris, Lev AC Rosen, and Ryan Steck

July 17, 2022 – with Linda Castillo, Kirstin Chen, Brian Freeman, and Kate White

July 10, 2022 –with David Ellis, Paula Munier, Alex Segura, and Simon Toyne

June 26, 2022 – with Alex Finlay, Gar Anthony Haywood, Chris Pavone, and David Yoon

June 12, 2022 – with Katie Gutierrez, William Martin, Hannah Mary McKinnon, and Riley Sager

May 22 – with Tasha Alexander, Sherry Thomas, Gabriel Valjan, and Heather Webb

May 01, 2022 – with Samantha Bailey, Julie Clark, Sulari Gentill, and Nita Prose

April 24, 2022 – with Don Bentley, KJ Howe, Gregg Hurwitz, and Brandon Massey

March 6, 2022 – with Amy Impellizzeri, Gilly MacMillan, Mia Manansala, and Lisa Scottoline

January 9, 2022 – with Yasmin Angoe, Lisa Barr, Robert Dugoni, and Heather Gudenkauf

2021 Events

2021 Back Room Highlight Reel

December 12, 2021 – with Val Emmich, Jeff Garvin, A.S. King, and Lissa Price

December 5, 2021 – with Brian Andrews, Kimberly Belle, Vera Kurian, and Scott Shepherd

November 7, 2021 with Linwood Barclay, Tamron Hall, Wanda Morris, and Lynne Reeves

October 17, 2021 with Tori Eldridge, Lori Rader-Day, Jonathan Santlofer, and Lisa Unger

October 10, 2021 with John Copenhaver, John Lescroart, Vanessa Lillie, and Sarah Strohmeyer

September 26, 2021 with Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and P.J. Vernon

September 05, 2021 with Jane Healey, Naomi Hirahara, Pam Jenoff, and Mark Sullivan

July 11, 2021 with Elyssa Friedland, Nadine Matheson, Kaira Rouda, and Kate White

June 27, 2021 with Karen Dionne, Samantha Downing, Allen Eskens, and Kellye Garrett

May 23, 2021 with Taylor Adams, Tracy Clark, Andrew Grant, and Megan Miranda

May 16, 2021 with CJ Box, Mary Kubica, Mia P. Manansala, and Peter Swanson

April 25, 2021 with Ann Garvin, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Kelly Mustian, and Cynthia Swanson

April 11, 2021 with Damyanti Biswas, Julie Carrick Dalton, JT Ellison, and Riley Sager

March 21, 2021 with Tasha Alexander, Renee Rosen, Lauren Willig, and Heather Webb 

March 14 – Special Presentation with the Virginia Festival of the Book – S.A. Cosby, Chris Harding Thornton, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, and Heather Young 

March 7, 2021 – Emily Carpenter, Steph Cha, Joshilyn Jackson, and Jessica Strawser

February 28 – V.M. Burns, Ellen Byron, Abby Collette, and Daryl Wood Gerber

Hallie Ephron, Patti Callahan Henry, Caroline Leavitt, and Marjan Kamali


January 31 – Lisa Gardner, Julia Heaberlin, Joe Ide, and John McMahon 


January 24 – Amy Sue Nathan, Kelly Simmons, Lori Nelson Spielman, and Wade Rouse


January 10 – James Benn, Fiona Davis, Deanna Raybourn, Lauren Willig with host Hank Phillippi Ryan


2020 Events

 Dec. 20 – Joseph Finder, Heather Gudenkauf, Lisa Unger, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden


Dec. 6 – Lori Rader-Day, Samantha Downing, Stephen Mack Jones, and Gary Phillips with host Karen Dionne


Nov. 22 – Finola Austin, Melanie Benjamin, Greer Macallister, and Kristina McMorris


November 15 – Lucy Burdette, Jennifer J. Chow, Alexia Gordon, and Jenn McKinlay


October 29 – Brian Andrews, William Kent Krueger, Paula Munier, and Julia Spencer-Fleming


October 18 – Ausma Zehanat Khan, Angie Kim, Christina McDonald, and Hannah Mary McKinnon


October 13 – Michele Campbell, Megan Collins, Rachel Howzell Hall, and Hank Phillippi Ryan


October 4 – Liv Constantine, Edwin Hill, Jon Land, and Sarah Stewart Taylor


September 27 – Karen Dionne, Tori Eldridge, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Wendy Walker