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Smart Summer Reads

We have dates (and authors!) for our 2022 Smart Summer Reads (SSR) program and we will hold these events in-person in Manhattan Beach.

Sunday, July 31 marks our first 2022 SSR event. These are the authors you will meet:

Jayne Allen 

Julie Clark

Liska Jacobs

Erin La Rosa

Lauren McBrayer

Sascha Rothchild

Make your reservation by July 24!

Our second 2022 SSR event will be held on August 21. These are the authors we are excited to host:

Ashley M. Coleman

LIan Dolan

Kim Dower

Taylor Hahn

Sarah James

Belinda Huijuan Tang 

We hope you will join us! Make your reservation today!

 

Check out each of the author's latest books on this page. If you would like to 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.

Black Girls Must Be Magic: A Novel (Black Girls Must Die Exhausted #2) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063137929
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - February 1st, 2022

Meet Jayne on Sunday July 31


Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063137905
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - September 28th, 2021

Meet Jayne on Sunday, July 31!


The Lies I Tell: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781728247595
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 21st, 2022

Meet Julie on Sunday, July 31!


The Pink Hotel: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374603151
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MCD - July 19th, 2022

Meet Liska on on Sunday, July 31!


For Butter or Worse: A ROM Com Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781335506344
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hqn - July 26th, 2022

Meet Erin on on Sunday, July 31!


Like a House on Fire Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593331828
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 26th, 2022

Meet Lauren on Sunday, July 31!


Blood Sugar Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593331545
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 19th, 2022

Meet Sascha on Sunday, July 31!


Good Morning, Love: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982168629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 21st, 2022

Meet Ashley on Sunday, August 21!


Lost and Found in Paris: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062909022
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - April 5th, 2022

Meet Lian on Sunday, August 211!


I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom Cover Image
$19.95
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ISBN: 9781636280233
Published: Red Hen Press - April 19th, 2022

Meet Kim on Sunday, August 21!


The Lifestyle: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593316351
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - June 7th, 2022

Meet Taylor on Sunday, August 21!


The Woman with Two Shadows: A Novel of WWII Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728249537
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - July 26th, 2022

Meet Sarah on Sunday, August 21!


A Map for the Missing: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593300664
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Press - August 9th, 2022

Meet Belinda on Sunday, August 21!