Book & Author

75th Annual Book & Author

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Junior League of Richmond continues to closely monitor the situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) as reported daily by public health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Due to recent federal, state and local guidelines, we are working on transitioning to a virtual event on Thursday, May 7th.   We are disappointed to not be seeing you in person, but want to do what we feel is best for not only our authors, but also our attendees and the greater Richmond Community. 

What does this mean for you? 

    • Dinner Ticketholders: Your ticket from E-tix will be refunded in full. Please consider participating in our virtual event! Stay tuned for more details! 
    • Luncheon Ticketholders: You have three options to choose from: 1) A full refund; 2) get tickets to the virtual event and donate the rest to the league; or 3) get tickets to the virtual event and a refund of the remainder
    • Raffle Tickets: You will receive a full refund for all raffle tickets that were purchased.
    • Book Sales: In an effort to support a local bookstore, we have partnered with Fountain Books for all our book sale needs. Due to current shipping and logistical constraints, books may be delayed. For hard copy orders, please visit the book store website here. Any purchase over $25 will have free shipping! Click the following links for electronic versions: eBooks | Audiobooks.*

*Any books purchased before March 30, 2020 will be honored, but may be delayed. If you would like a refund on your pre-sales books, please reach out to

We hope you will still join us virtually.

To purchase a ticket, CLICK HERE!

2020 Author Panel

In our 75th year we will host 6 amazing authors! We are excited to announce the author panel:

  • Melissa M. Martin- “Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou”
  • Bob Deans- “The Bicycle Man”
  • Natalie Jenner- “The Jane Austen Society”
  • Phuc Tran- “Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In”
  • Grady Hendrix- “A Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires”
  • Lily King- “Writers & Lovers

And returning as our resident emcee and host- Bob Deans!

We will also feature the Junior League’s very own Anne Poarch and her second book of poetry ” The Grit & Joy of Being”  for book sales and autographs!

If you have any questions, please contact:
Kayley Perkins, Chair
Deanna Hathaway, Co-Chair


2020 Featured Authors:


For a look back through the years: Watch this video from Book & Author!


Thank you to our 2020 committed sponsors: 

Presenting Dinner Sponsor: $25,000

Mayo Carter Circle: $2,500


Troutman Sanders

Dr. Michael Godin


McGuire Woods

Willis Towers Watson

Presenting Lunch Sponsor: $2,500

Writer’s Circle: $1,200

New Market

Blue Edge Capital, LLC

Reader’s Circle

Nora Crouch

Towne Bank

Janet Brown Interiors

Media Sponsorship

Richmond Times- Dispatch