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Smart Summer Reads

We have dates (and authors!) for 2021 Smart Summer Reads (SSR) and we are ever hopeful that we will be able to 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

Joshua Henkin

Michelle Richmond

Rebecca Serle

Vanessa Veselka

 

Our tentative date for our second 2021 SSR event is Sunday, August 29. These are the authors we have confirmed so far:

Jayne Allen 

Yoon Choi

Alexis Landau

 

Tickets will go on sale in June!

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 in June 2021.

The Audacity of Sara Grayson: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781642937824
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Post Hill Press - May 25th, 2021

Meet Joani on Sunday, July 11!


A Sprinkling of Murder (A Fairy Garden Mystery #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781496726346
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Kensington - June 30th, 2020

Meet Daryl  on Sunday, July 11!


Morningside Heights: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524748357
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Pantheon - June 15th, 2021

Meet Josh on Sunday, July 11!


The Wonder Test Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802158505
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 6th, 2021

Meet Christina on Sunday, July 11!


In Five Years: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982137458
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - March 2nd, 2021

Meet Rebecca on Sunday, July 11!


The Great Offshore Grounds Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984899576
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Vintage - June 29th, 2021

Meet Vanessa on Sunday, July 11!


Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063142992
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - August 3rd, 2021

Meet Jayne on Sunday, August 29!


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!


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!