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BOOKTHEWRITER presents  "Pop-Up Book Groups" with some of the most exciting novelists, memoirists, humorists, biographers, non-fiction writers and essayists at work today. Capped at 20 participants, and hosted in private homes in NYC with an online element (PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR FALL 2021 INFORMATION!), Pop-Up Book Groups provide an extraordinary opportunity to have a real conversation with an author whose work you've long admired, or whom you've just discovered. Please purchase the book (any format), read it in advance, and come with lots of questions for the author. Meeting address in Manhattan and Zoom link will be sent to registrants one week before the book group. Fall book groups are announced each August. Winter/Spring book groups are announced in December or early January. Want to hear about our book groups as they're posted? Sign up for our mailing list at



It has been such a joy, during the pandemic, to have readers joining us from around the world! We want you to stay with BOOKTHEWRITER as we return to in-person meetings, so we'll be attempting a hybrid of in person and online this fall. Some of our fall 2021 Pop-Up Book Groups (i.e. Russell Banks, Chang-rae Lee) will be online only. For the rest, the online portion will be via Zoom, and online registrants will be sent a Zoom link at the same time our in-person attendees (strictly limited to 20) are sent the physical address in Manhattan. If you are an online participant you will be asked to mute your audio and to submit your questions for the author to me in advance. (If you need to contact me during the event for any reason you will be given a number to text.) Expect improvements to this in-person/online hybrid as we progress, and thanks for bearing with us!

For our in-person attendees: even more forbearance will be required of us all as we sally forth through changing times. In order to attend a Pop-Up Book Group you will need to be vaccinated. You may bring and show your vaccine card at the door or email it to in advance, if you prefer. In addition, we will all (except for the author, if he or she wishes) remain masked during the gathering. These precautions will remain in place until we are well and truly past the pandemic. If for some reason you are unable to be vaccinated or to wear a mask, I hope that you will join us via Zoom.

If you wish to purchase an online ticket while you remain on the waitlist, feel free. If an in-person ticket becomes available I will refund your online ticket.