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Wylie Cash, Jon Clinch, Jean Kwok, John Searles

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Join authors Wylie Cash, Jon Clinch, Jean Kwok, and John Searles for an evening of great conversation!

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Each online event starts with a short introduction to a panel of 4 authors. The audience is then divided into 4 breakout rooms where they remain for the rest of the program while the authors visit each room in turn. Everyone’s video is turned on and their mics are unmuted, allowing for informal, face-to-face discussion.

Registration is free, but space is limited, so sign up, sit back, and enjoy the conversation!

Questions? Special requests? Email register@bksp.org for assistance.

WANT MORE DETAILS? Here's what an evening in The Back Room is like:

The doors to the main Zoom room open five minutes before the program’s start time so folks can say hello to one another and to the featured authors. Chat is also turned on.

As the program begins, attendees’ mics are muted and the authors are spotlighted. After very brief introductions, the authors play a quick “get to know you” game of 20 questions using our custom-designed Back Room Question Cards. Recordings of these opening sessions are archived backstage at the Back Room. (Breakout sessions are never recorded.)


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The opening session finishes with the authors’ book recommendations, and then attendees are divided into 4 breakout rooms, with one author assigned to each room.

Being assigned to a breakout room happens automatically. You don’t have to do anything except click the “join breakout room” invitation that appears on your screen. Each breakout room will have between 15 and 20 people, so we recommend joining the call from a laptop or a computer instead of a tablet or cell phone so you can see everyone!

Attendees remain in their breakout room for the rest of the program, while the authors rotate through each room in turn. Everyone’s video is turned on and their mics are open. You’ll get fifteen minutes with each author to chat about whatever you like! It’s all very relaxed and casual and fun — like a virtual cocktail party!

Once all four authors have visited each breakout room, the event is over. Yes, Zoom is weird, and ends without any fanfare, but we hope you’ll give our Back Room format a try. We promise you’ll have a wonderful time!

Your hosts,

Karen Dionne and Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Pour a glass of your favorite beverage and settle into your most comfortable chair for an evening of relaxed conversation with bestselling authors.

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