Book & Author

May 4, 2023




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The Junior League of Richmond will host our 78th Annual Book & Author Event on May 4, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Book & Author is the longest running event of its kind in the country. Hosted once again by Bob Deans, this event 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.

This year we are proud to present our participating authors and their books:

  • Rachel Beanland – The House is on Fire
  • Colleen Cambridge – Mastering the Art of French Murder: An American in Paris Mystery
  • Sandra Kitt – The Time of Your Life
  • Matt Moore – Butcher on the Block
  • Colleen Oakley – The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise
  • Saket Soni – The Great Escape: A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America

Tickets are on sale now!

This year’s Event will have a hybrid format with in-person and virtual tickets. The in-person Event begins with cocktail hour and heavy hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m., followed by the authors’ presentations at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the in-person Event are $75 each.

The virtual option will be broadcast live beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the virtual event are $30 each. If you are unable to attend the Event on May 4, 2023, you may purchase a virtual ticket and will be sent the recording after the Event. You will be sent an email with viewing and login instructions and technical FAQs the week before the Event. The Event can be viewed from a browser, tablet, or mobile phone.

Tickets are non-refundable.


JLR 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 Event and the JLR throughout the years. Please consider purchasing your books through the “BUY TICKETS HERE!” button above to support both the JLR and a local small business!


The Junior League of Richmond is excited to announce that we are partnering with The Berkeley Hotel who will be hosting two book signings with this years featured authors the day of the Event on May 4! The first book signing will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. featuring Matt Moore, Colleen Oakley, and Saket Soni. The second book signing will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. featuring Rachel Beanland, Colleen Cambridge, and Sandra Kitt. These book signings are free to attend!


The Junior League of Richmond is excited to announce the return of the annual luncheon. There will be two luncheons held the day of the Event. The first luncheon will be held at Blue Willow Tea Room and will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will feature special appearances by authors Rachel Beanland, Colleen Cambridge, and Sandra Kitt. The second luncheon will be held at Sam Miller’s Restaurant and will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will feature special appearances by Matt Moore, Colleen Oakley, and Saket Soni. Tickets for each luncheon are $50 per person.


We will be holding six raffles at the in-person event! In-person attendees are welcome to buy raffle tickets to be entered to win from our amazing assortment of prizes!

  • “Escape to the Cape” for a 3-day/2-night stay at “SeaBlues”
  • “Let’s ‘Tox’ About It” – win a Deluxe Facial Rejuvenation Package from Dr. Michael S. Godin
  • “Less Stressing, More Stretching” – 1 month of free classes from The Hot Yoga Barre and a private party for 15 and 5 free classes from SoulShine Studios
  • “Pop, Lock, & Squat It” – TWO 1 month membership passes to ACAC and a 5-class pack to Square Code Fitness
  • “Ready, Set, Refresh (Your Room & Your Hair)” – 2 hours of organization, unpacking, or resetting any room from The HouseFinch and a basket full of hair care products from Melissa Robinson
  • “Name a More Iconic Duo” – win free pizza for a year from Papa Johns (max: 12 free large pizzas)  and an assortment of wines


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.


Follow the Junior League of Richmond on Facebook and Instagram (@jlrichmondva) for more information on the 78th Annual Book & Author Event. If you have any questions, please contact

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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