Book & Author

May 2, 2024




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The Junior League of Richmond will host our 79th Annual Book & Author Event on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Hosted once again by Bob Deans, this event will take place in-person at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture located at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia and virtually. The in-person event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour with a card bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres from Champagne Taste.  The author presentations and virtual event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Book & Author is the longest running event of its kind in the country and will feature six distinguished authors. This year’s Book & Author Event will allow you to discover new authors and books while supporting the Junior League of Richmond and its mission. The Virginia Museum of History and Culture is not a sponsor of this event.

The Book & Author Luncheon will be held at Sam Miller’s Restaurant located at 1210 E. Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia, beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2024. A book signing with the authors following the luncheon will be available exclusively to luncheon attendees.


This Year’s Books and Authors:

This year’s participating authors and their books:

  • Stephanie Dray – Becoming Madam Secretary
  • Michelle Braxton – Supper with Love: Vibrant, Delicious, and Comforting Plant-Forward and Pescatarian Recipes for Every Day
  • Simon Van Booy – Sipsworth
  • Anna Shechtman – The Riddles of the Sphinx: Inheriting the Feminist History of the Crossword Puzzle
  • Lucy Gilmore – The Library of Borrowed Hearts
  • Abbott Kahler – Where You End


Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, March 8, 2024.


The Junior League of Richmond is proud to partner with Fountain Bookstore once again for all of our book sales! We are so thankful for Fountain’s support of our Book & Author Event and the Junior League of Richmond throughout the years.



The Junior League of Richmond is excited to announce that we are partnering once again with The Berkeley Hotel as the preferred hotel partner for the Book & Author Event! For out of town guests, use code B&A24 in the promo code section at checkout for a discounted hotel rate the night of May 2nd! Click here to book your room now!



The Junior League of Richmond is excited to announce the Book & Author Luncheon will take place at Sam Miller’s Restaurant on Thursday, May 2 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. A book signing will take place following the luncheon that will be exclusive to attendees of the luncheon only.


For a look back through the years, watch our video!

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible! 


For information on sponsorship opportunities, please click here.


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Each spring this event raises funds to support the mission of the Junior League of Richmond (JLR). The JLR is an organization of women committed to the mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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Thank you to our 2024 Book & Author Sponsors!



The Junior League of Richmond is most grateful to Dominion Energy, presenting sponsor, for their outstanding support over the past 12 years.