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Smart Summer Reads

We have dates (and authors!) for 2021 Smart Summer Reads (SSR) and we will hold these events in Manhattan Beach.

Sunday, July 11 marks our first 2021 SSR event. These are the authors you will meet:

Joani Elliott

Daryl Wood Gerber

Michelle Richmond

Rebecca Serle

Loren Stephens

Vanessa Veselka

 

Our second 2021 SSR event will be held on Sunday, August 29. These are the authors we have confirmed so far:

Yoon Choi

Jeff Hobbs

Alexis Landau

Carrie Talick

Meredith Westgate

Tickets for August 29 will be available shortly!

Check out each of the author's latest books on this page. If you would like to pre-order any books, just add them to your shopping cart.

 

Smart Summer Reads (SSR) is how Ladies, Lunch & Literacy celebrates summer! While finding you the perfect book for your summer vacation or poolside read, we promise you one of the most fun book events of the year!

Smart Summer Reads takes place on one Sunday in July and one Sunday in August in the South Bay of Los Angeles. This is how it works:

  • Six authors are invited to meet you and discuss their latest book.
  • Our meet and greet with our authors and other readers begins at 3:00pm. The bookstore opens at 3:00pm too.
  • Then at 3:15pm the fun begins: Each author will be positioned at one of six stations around the venue.
  • Readers will be assigned a starting point and then move from station to station in 10 minute intervals, giving each author approximately 7 minutes to talk about their book and answer questions.
  • After the "formal" program there is ample opportunity for readers to talk more with each author and get their books signed.
  • The program wraps up around 5pm.

Reservations are required. Check back for more exciting updates about SSR this summer.

The Audacity of Sara Grayson: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781642937824
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Post Hill Press - May 25th, 2021

Meet Joani on Sunday, July 11!


A Glimmer of a Clue (A Fairy Garden Mystery #2) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781496726360
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Kensington - June 29th, 2021

Meet Daryl  on Sunday, July 11!


The Wonder Test Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802158505
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 6th, 2021

Meet Christina on Sunday, July 11!


In Five Years: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781982137458
Published: Atria Books - March 2nd, 2021

Meet Rebecca on Sunday, July 11!


All Sorrows Can Be Borne Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644281987
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rare Bird Books - May 11th, 2021

Meet Loren on Sunday, July 11!


The Great Offshore Grounds Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984899576
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 29th, 2021

Meet Vanessa on Sunday, July 11!


Skinship: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593318218
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 17th, 2021

Meet Yoon on Sunday, August 29!


Show Them You're Good: Four Boys and the Quest for College Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982116347
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - August 17th, 2021

Meet Jeff on Sunday, August 29!


Those Who Are Saved Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593190531
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 23rd, 2021

Meet Alexis on Sunday, August 29!


The Shimmering State: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982156718
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books - August 10th, 2021

Meet Meredith on Sunday, August 29!


Beware the Mermaids Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781643858241
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Alcove Press - August 10th, 2021

Meet Carrie on Sunday, August 29!