Simon & Schuster Announces Lineup for Spring 2023 AuthorFest

Seasonal Event in Partnership with Regional Book Festivals Will Feature Bestselling Authors Rebecca Serle and Laura Dave

NEW YORK, February 16—Simon & Schuster is excited to announce the lineup for the latest edition of AuthorFest, a series of virtual author events that, through a network of book festivals, literary venues and author lecture series, provide live author programming to communities and readers in the U.S. and Canada.

The Spring 2023 AuthorFest event is scheduled for March 22 at 7 pm EST and will feature bestselling authors Rebecca Serle and Laura Dave in conversation. Both Serle and Dave are masters of complicated families and love stories, creating characters that have enchanted people across mediums as both of their work has leapt from the page to the screen. In their conversation, they’ll discuss adaptation, where they draw inspiration, and how the world around them influences their work. Their conversation will be moderated by bestselling author Jessica Knoll.

Since the inaugural Fall 2021 AuthorFest event, Simon & Schuster has partnered with book festivals from Boston to Berkeley to Honolulu, entertaining and connecting thousands of book lovers and book communities across the country.

Simon & Schuster holds AuthorFest events three times a year, in Fall, Spring and Summer. This is a completely free event that is open to all and is designed to support the booksellers we partner with. Here’s how it works:

  • Event partners set up their own registration pages and, where applicable, enroll attendees through their established ticketing systems.
  • Simon & Schuster handles all technical matters for the event and provides Festivals with a Zoom link for attendees.
  • Festivals and venues handle book sales through their preferred bookselling partner.
  • If attendees have a question for the authors, please have them send it in ahead of time when they register.
  • Simon & Schuster promotes AuthorFest events through consumer newsletters, social media platforms and websites.

“Our first three AuthorFest events have been scintillating conversations, viewed by thousands, and we expect our Spring 2023 event with Rebecca Serle and Laura Dave to be just as entertaining. Both of these writers have brought complex characters to life through their books and page-to-screen adaptations. We are pleased to partner with book festivals across the country in order to bring these beloved authors to readers everywhere.” —Jonathan Karp, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster

In addition, Simon & Schuster continues to improve its Book Festival Resource Page, which helps book festivals and lecture series find information about regionally relevant books and authors suitable for their events. Literary festival organizers are invited to search for authors and titles by region or category, and can request appearances, all in one place.

Festivals and booksellers interested in participating in AuthorFest can visit this site or email S&S Event Management for more information. Readers interested in attending can find more information here.

About the Authors:

Rebecca Serle

Rebecca Serle is the New York Times bestselling author of One Italian Summer, In Five Years, The Dinner List, and the young adult novels The Edge of Falling and When You Were Mine. Serle also developed the hit TV adaptation Famous in Love, based on her YA series of the same name. She is a graduate of USC and The New School and lives in Los Angeles. Find out more at

Laura Dave

Laura Dave is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me, Eight Hundred Grapes, and other novels. Her books have been published in thirty-eight countries and have been chosen by Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club, Book of the Month Club, and the Richard and Judy Book Club. The Last Thing He Told Me was chosen as the Goodreads Mystery & Thriller of the Year for 2021. It is soon to be a limited series on Apple TV+, cocreated by Laura. She resides in Santa Monica, California.

About Simon & Schuster AuthorFest:

AuthorFest is a seasonal, public-facing virtual author event, presented in partnership with regional book festivals, lecture series and bookstores. AuthorFest provides unique live author programming to communities and readers not traditionally part of an-in person author tour.


For Book Festivals and Booksellers:
Elizabeth Worthy
Director, Event Management, 646-246-2731

Susannah Lawrence
Associate, Corporate Communications, 212-698-7033