hivve's fresh picked favves!!

Welcome to hivve’s fresh picked favves!!

A quick note: I started hivve as a way to share fabulous events that were bubbling up online. Location didn’t matter for the first time in human history, opening the way for us to be part of conversations with intriguing writers and thinkers around the world.

January 6 was a stark reminder of the dangerous divisions that exist in the US and in much of the world. It’s never been more vitally important to get the facts, whether it is about constitutional law, vaccines, climate change and so much more, and to understand the factors that deepen polarization.

My hope is that along with bringing moments of joy and laughter, hivve will also serve as a way to listen and learn from voices in our country and around the world – firsthand.

This week, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Hillary Rodham Clinton on the world, Evan Osnos on a Biden presidency, Angie Thomas on her new book and tips on exercise from an evolutionary biologist.


Ta-Nehisi Coates won the National Book Award for Between The World and Me, and sparked a national debate on reparations. Join him as he talks about the world today. Q&A follows the talk. At UC Santa Barbara. $10.

January 12, 5 pm PT.

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s loss to Donald J. Trump spurred a record number of American women to run for office. Tune in as Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock, who wrote Run to Win, a manual for women seeking office, talks to Clinton. At Politics and Prose. Book purchase required.

January 12, 5 pm ET.

Melinda Gates wrote The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World as a call to fix gender inequities. Join her for the paperback launch of the book as she talks to writer and digital strategist Luvvie Ajayi. At FlatIron Books and multiple indie bookstores. Purchase required.

Jan 12, 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT.


Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin interviewed everyone from the Dalai Lama to Jane Goodall while writing his book, Successful Aging. Hear what he found as he talks to musician Bob Weir, a founding member of the Grateful Dead. At Walnut Creek Library Foundation. Free.

January 13, 7 pm PT.

A century ago, children died in great numbers because of measles, scarlet fever and much else. Pediatrician and NYT columnist Peri Klass’ book, A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future, puts a timely spotlight on power of science and the scientists that led the fight. Join her as she talks about how early death is now an exception. At the Mark Twain House and Museum. Free.

January 13, 5:30 pm ET.

Human evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman set out to discover why so many of us hated to exercise if it was indeed good for us. The result was his book, Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do is Healthy and Rewarding. Listen as he shares the right way to think about exercise and any physical activity. At The King’s English Bookshop. Free.

January 14, 6 pm MT.


This one is for Isaac Asimov fans. Join Hugo nominated author Alec Nevala-Lee (Astounding) for an afternoon discussing Asimov’s work and career, complete with readings of two short stories. At the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Free.

January 10, 3 pm ET.

Hafizah Geter’s debut poetry collection, Un-American, is a beautiful look at being an immigrant, Muslim, black and yet American. Listen to her in conversation with Tayari Jones, author of the bestseller, An American Marriage. At Belmont Books. Free.

January 13, 7 pm ET.

Min Jin Lee, author of the bestseller Pachinko, wrote the introduction to a special edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, bringing a modern interpretation to the pursuit of the American dream. Join her as she discusses the classic work with Jennifer Beuhler. At Greenlight Books. Free.

January 14, 7:30 pm ET.

Kids/ YA

Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series was the first to combine mythology with very contemporary kids. Pop in to hear him discuss author Sarwat Chadda’s City of the Plague Gods, a new title set in Mesopotamian mythology. At Anderson’s Bookshops. Tickets start at $10.

January 11, 5:30 CT.

Angie Thomas won accolades for her bestselling book, The Hate U Give, a brilliantly honest look at race and friendship. Listen in as she discusses her new book, Concrete Rose, a prequel to The Hate U Give. At Lemuria Books. Book purchase required.

January 15, 5:30 CT.

And three more:


What can we expect from President Joe Biden? New Yorker writer Evan Osnos’ latest book, Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now, is a detailed look at the next US president. Join him as he discusses Biden with CBS Sr. Foreign Correspondent Margaret Brennan. At the Aspen Institute. Free.

January 14, Noon ET.


Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees (the book that led to Mean Girls), wrote Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, a guide to coping with academic and social challenges during remote learning. Get quick tips as she talks to Canadian talkshow host Jessica Allen. At Barbara’s Bookstore. Free.

January 12, 6:30 pm, CT.


Want to up your salsa? Join Top Chef Masters judge and Saveur editor James Oseland as he talks about his book, World Food: Mexico City, and shares a great salsa recipe (buy the ingredients in advance to cook along). At Book Larder. Free.

January 13, 5 pm PT.

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