Ruth with her parents, husband, and son at the Pura Belpré Celebración in New Orleans, June 24, 2018
Ruth is an experienced and inspiring public speaker and gives numerous lectures and talks about her books, her travels, the craft of writing, and the intersections of culture and heritage. Upcoming events are listed below. If you would like to invite Ruth to offer an author event, please reach out to her via email:


Saturday, March 2, 2024 – 7pm – 8pm EDT
An Evening with Ruth Behar and Richard Blanco
Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

March 15 – 16, 2024
New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University
200 Broadway Street Suite 126, New Orleans, LA 70118

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 – 4pm – 5pm EDT
Online at

Monday, April 1, 2024 – TBD
Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America
67-67 108 Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375

Thursday, April 4, 2024 – TBD
Wellesley Books
82 Central Street, Wellesley MA 02482

Friday, April 5, 2024 – 6:30pm EDT
Newtonville Books
10 Langley Rd., Newton, MA 02459-1972

Saturday, April 6, 2024 – TBD
Yiddish Book Center
1021 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002

Sunday, April 28 – 2pm CT
The Book Stall
811 Elm Street, Winnetka, Illinois 60093


Illustration by Anna-Lisa Marjak

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – 6:30pm
Fiction at Literati: Ruth Behar
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Thursday, February 8, 2024 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032

Friday, December 1st, 2023 – 12pm – 3pm EDT
Ruth Behar and Richard Blanco remember Rolando Estévez and his handmade books
University of Michigan | Hatcher Graduate Library 100H, Gallery Lab
Conversation: 12pm – 1pm
Reception and exhibit: 1pm – 3pm

Thursday, November 30th, 2023 – 7pm EDT
Poetry at Literati: Richard Blanco, w/ Ruth Behar
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Saturday, November 18th, 2023 – 1pm – 4pm EDT
Picture Book Storytime, Pepita Meets Bebita!
Miami Book Fair
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Children’s Alley

Thursday, November 9, 2023 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm EDT
University of Michigan | Distinguished University Professorship Lecture Series
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sunday, November 6, 2022 – 11:00am to 1:00pm EDT
Author Event | Shoham’s Bangle with Sarah Sassoon and Tía Fortuna’s New Home with Ruth Behar
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Saturday, October 28, 9:30am – 10:30am
Ann Arbor, MI

Thursday, October 27, 2022 – 6:00pm PT (virtual)
Fall into OBOB series: Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar

Saturday, October 21st, 1pm -1:30pm
Boston Book Festival’s JustKids! Roxbury Public Library, Community Room, 149 Dudley St.

September 30th, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Brooklyn Book Festival, Picture Book Stage, The Plaza of 5 Metrotech Center

Sunday, September 17th – 3pm – 4pm EDT
Books are Magic, 122 Montague St., Brooklyn, Book Launch

Saturday, September 3, 2022: 10:50am-11:15am EDT
Tia Fortuna’s New Home: Book Presentation
National Book Festival ; 2022 National Book Festival
801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

Saturday, September 3, 2022: 11:30am-12:30pm EDT
Tia Fortuna’s New Home: Book Signing
National Book Festival ; 2022 National Book Festival
801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

May 12, 2022: 7pm ET (virtual)
Congregation Brothers of Israel
Newton, PA

May 13-15 (in person)
Festival Sefardí, Keynote Speaker
Albuquerque, NM,

May 21-22 (in person)
San Antonio Book Festival, Keynote Panel, Sandra Cisneros Presents

March 31, 2022: 7pm ET (virtual):
Temple Sinai Congregation
Toronto, ON

March 27, 2022, 5pm ET (virtual):
Jewish Learning Works
San Francisco, CA

March 21, 2022: 7pm ET (virtual):
Beth El Synagogue
Durham, NC

February 17, 2022: 4:30pm PST/7:30pm EST
Ruth Behar in Conversation with Hannah Pressman (virtual)
University Book Store, University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

February 6, 2022: 11am EST
Storytime with Ruth Behar & Julie Kwon (in-person)
Books are Magic Bookshop
Brooklyn, NY

January 31, 2022: 2pm-5pm EST
Presentation by Ruth Behar (virtual)
North Miami Beach Literacy Fair
North Miami Beach

January 25, 2022: 2pm EST
IG Live Event with Ruth Behar and Devon Holzwarth (virtual)

January 29, 2022: 1pm ET
Storytime with Ruth Behar and Devon Holzwarth (virtual)
Literati Bookstore
Ann Arbor, Michigan

January 16, 2022: 3pm PT (virtual)
Department of Religious Studies, UCSB
Santa Barbara, CA

January 12, 2022: 7:30pm ET (virtual)
Wednesday Book Club Series
Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester, NY

December 6, 2021: 7pm ET (in person)
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, MI

December 10, 2021: 12pm ET (virtual) Latinx KidLit Book Festival, panel on “Remember Me: Stories of Family, Icons, and Our Culture in Historical Fiction,”

*August 31, 2021: Release date of paperback of Letters from Cuba

September 7, 2021, 12pm ET (virtual): “Historias y cuentos del mundo sefardí de Cuba,” Canal de YouTube de Centro Sefarad-Israel
Madrid, Spain

September 14, 2021, 7:30pm (virtual): September Writer Spotlight
Philadelphia Stories, moderated by Adriana Lecuona. Ruth will be in conversation with Erin Entrada Kelly

Philadelphia, PA

September 19, 2021, 11am (virtual): Book Talks Series, Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut
New London, CT

September 24, 2021, 2pm (virtual):
Broward County Library Conference on Children’s LiteratureFlorida

October 9, 2021, 2:30-3:30 EST
Push to Publish, “Writing for Children and YA,”

October 19, 2021, 7:00pm:
“How to find what you’re not looking for”, Veera Hiranandani will be in conversation with Ruth Behar. This event will take place on Zoom Webinar. Click here to register for this VIRTUAL event.

November 4, 2021, 7:00pm (virtual): “Writing For and Beyond the Academy: A Conversation Between Two Leading Latina Jewish Scholar/Artists, Ruth Behar & Marjorie Agosín, Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

November 18-21: 2021 Stay tuned for exact date/time (virtual): National Council of Teachers of English Conference (NCTE), panel on “More Than Just Friendships: Allies in Middle Grade Fiction,” moderated by Becky Calzada,

November 18, 2021: 12 noon, 2021 (virtual)
Public TV station WPBT Ch. 2, host Jeneissey Azcuy and producer Denise Olsak

November 20-21, 2021:
Miami Book Fair
Stay tuned for exact date/time (in person/virtual)
Miami, FL

December 1, 2020: Live Stream: Marjorie Agosin and Ruth Behar presenting The Maps of Memory and Letters from Cuba @Malaprop’s Bookstore, 6:00pm

December 4-5, 2020: Latinx KidLit Book Festival (organized by members of Las Musas Books)

December 6, 2020, 9:30am:
Jewish Book Council event
Detroit, Michigan Author Program
Jewish Community Center

December 20, 2020, 4:00pm: Jewish Federation of Reading/Birks
Wyomissing, PA/PJ Our Way
Jewish Book Council event

January 13, 2021: Temple Sholom, Broomall PA, 7:30pm
Jewish Book Council event

February 4, 2021: 10:00am PT/1:00pm EST
JCC Portland
Jewish Book Council Event

February 16, 2021: 2:30pm
JCC Dallas
Jewish Book Council event

Letters From Cuba Book Launch Events

January 20-24, 2017: American Library Association, Midwinter Meeting
Atlanta, Georgia
On Saturday, January 21, from 3:00-3:50pm, Ruth will participate in a Pop Top stage panel: “Using Books to Illuminate the Immigrant Experience,” with Aisha Saeed (Written in the Stars) and Hena Khan (Amina’s Voice), moderated by Nancy Paulsen.

February 22, 2017, 5 – 6pm: Live Chat, Penguin Young Readers
Sign up online at

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 4pm: Book launch event at Books of Wonder
New York

April 17-19, 2017: University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Writing and Editing
Event organized by Professor Lauren Liang on “The World of Children’s Literature.” Ruth will speak at local schools and lecture at the University of Utah, as well as engage in a public conversation with her amazing editor, Nancy Paulsen.

April 20-22, 2017: Texas Library Association Conference
San Antonio, Texas
Ruth will participate in The Debutante Ball Program

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 7pm: Book event at Literati Bookstore
Ann Arbor

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7pm: Book event at Nicola’s Books
Ann Arbor

May 21, 2017, 2 – 3:30pm: Yiddish Book Center
Amherst, MA
After her talk, Ruth Behar will sign copies of the book. For more info:

May 22, 2017: The Odyssey Bookshop
South Hadley, MA

July 3-5, 2017: Latin American Jewish Studies Association Conference
Mexico City, Mexico

Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 4-6pm, “Novelista–¡al fin!” (Or How I Finally Became a Novelist at Sixty,” Sala Literaria, Bellas Artes
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 4:30-6pm, “Many Migrations: My Story as a Cuban Jew”, JC3
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

July 15-17, 2017: International Literacy Association Conference
Orlando, Florida – view event flyer

Tuesday, July 25, 2017: Lucky Broken Girl book presentation by Ruth Behar at Books & Books
Miami, Florida
Books & Books

Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 2-3pm, “Reading from Lucky Broken Girl,” Grand Avenue Library
South San Francisco, California
Reading of Lucky Broken Girl at The Grand Avenue Library
To learn more, contact Veronica Ortiz

Sunday, July 30, 2017: 1-3pm: “From Broken Girl to Strong Girl: How Lucky Broken Girl Came to Be,” Women’s Salon hosted by Maria Ramos-Chertok
Mill Valley, California
To attend, contact

Monday, July 31, 2017: 7-8:30pm: “”Reading from Lucky Broken Girl,” Davis Branch Library
Davis, California
To learn more, contact Patty Valdovinos

Tuesday, August 1, 2017: 6-7:30pm: “Reading from Lucky Broken Girl,” Winters Community Library
Winters, California
To learn more, contact Patty Valdovinos

September 27, 2017: Capital Area District Libraries (Age 8 & up)
South Lansing
On Wednesday September 27, 2017 6:30pm – 7:30pm, author Ruth Behar will speak to fans about her book, Lucky Broken Girl.

Saturday, November 28, 4pm in the Children’s Alley: Miami Book Fair
On Saturday, November 28, 4pm, author Ruth Behar will be speaking about her book, Lucky Broken Girl, on the lives of young kids who struggle to find their identity, their voice, and hope.

Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 7:00pm-8:30pm: Beth Israel Synagogue
Waterville, Maine
Beth Israel Synagogue
Together, Ruth Behar and Richard Blanco share their experiences in being Cuban American.

Friday, March 23, 2018, from 4:00pm-5:00pm: Skowhegan Free Public Library
Skowhegan, Maine
Skowhegan Free Public Library
Together, Ruth Behar and Richard Blanco discuss their works and their Cuban culture.

Sunday, March 25, 2018, at 1:30pm: Bet Ha’am
Portland, Maine
Bet Ha’am
Ruth Behar reads selections from Lucky Broken Girl with a Q&A discussion afterwards.

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:30pm: A Conversation with Ruth Behar
Brooklyn, NY
PS 321
Author and anthropologist Ruth Behar invites the public to an evening of conversation about her award-winning novel, Lucky Broken Girl.

Friday, May 4, 2018, 11am:
Ruth Behar visits her old elementary school, P.S. 117, for a Q & A with the entire fifth grade class.

Monday, May 9, 2018, 11:30am: Special Guest Speaker, Mother’s Day Luncheon
Miami, Florida
Miami Council of Jewish Women

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1pm-3pm: Pura Belpré Award Celebración
New Orleans, LA
Ruth will be at the ALA Annual Conference
participating in the Pura Belpré Award Celebración!

October 21-22, 2018, Miami Book Fair/Miami Dade College
Miami, Florida
Ruth will be teaching an intensive workshop on writing the middle-grade novel as part of the Miami Book Fair’s yearlong events. Registration is now open.

Sunday, November 18, 2018, Miami Book Fair
Miami, FL
Ruth Behar explores the sacrifices of her exiled Cuban ancestors alongside her own vulnerabilities in Everything I Kept/Todo Lo Que Guardé at The Miami Book Fair.

Thursday, September 27, 2018, Highlights Foundation
Milanville, PA
Ruth will be leading a workshop at the Highlights Foundation on “Taking Your Writing & Art to New Places: Published Authors and Illustrators at Work.”

Saturday, September 29, 2018, Washtenaw Literacy
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Ruth will be the honorary host at the 20th Annual Gala Benefitting Washtenaw Literacy.

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 11:30am EST, Hatcher Graduate Library
University of Michigan
Creating Handmade Books in Cuba

Monday, March 18, 2019, 6:00pm, Riverside Arts Center
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Ypsi Family Read

Wednesday & Thursday, March 20-21, 2019, 6:00pm, Author in Residence at Greenhills School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:00pm EST, Global Read Webinar series for K-12 educators
Organized by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs’ (CLASP)

Monday, March 25, 2019, 6:30pm EST, Battle of the Books” event featuring Lucky Broken Girl
Orion Charter Township, Michigan
Lake Orion High School Auditorium: 495 E Scripps Rd.

Friday, March 29, 2019, 12:00:pm – 1:15:pm, Panelist on “Life is a Hybrid: Crossing Genre Boundaries in Memoir,” AWP Conference
Portland, Oregon
B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00pm EST, “Words and Artifacts: Treasures of a Cuban-Jewish Exile.”
Brandeis University
Lake Orion High School Auditorium: 495 E Scripps Rd.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 4:00:pm – 8:00pm EST
University of Michigan
Teacher Training Workshop, co-sponsored by: the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. This workshop will introduce 5th-12th grade teachers to the complex issues of Middle Eastern migration and religion in Latin America, helping them to contextualize it within both regions’ history and current events.

March 27-28, 2020: KidLit Conference, Ann Arbor District Library, Michigan
I’m on a panel about Historical Fiction for Today’s Kids [POSTPONED]

March 30-April 1, 2020: PJ Library International Conference, Springfield, MA
I’ll be Author-in-Residence at the conference [POSTPONED]

April 7, 2020 The Baldwin School. 4th-8th graders, all-girls school, Bryn Mawr
I’ll be speaking to students at the school[POSTPONED]

May 27, 2020 PS 321, Brooklyn. Meet the Writers event
I’ll be speaking to students at the school [POSTPONED]

May 29, 2020 Ditmas Junior High School 62, Brooklyn
I’ll be speaking to students at the school [POSTPONED]

June 24, 2020, 5:30pm EST: American Library Association Virtual
Conversations with Penguin’s Kid Lit Creators
“Middle Grade Panel on Penguin Kid Lit at ALA”

July 23, 2020, 2pm: Co-sponsored by CasaCuba and the Jewish Museum of Florida at FIU
Conversando with Ruth Behar about Letters from Cuba, with Susan Gladstone, Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida.”
Zoom Meeting ID: 961 6272 7862 Password: 438486

July 23, 2020, 6pm EST: Raíces de Sefarad Online
“Un cierto aire sefardí”
Watch Live Here!!!

July 30, 2020, 5pm PST / 8pm EST: Por Amor Conversations
Literary and Jewish Journeys to Cuba
RSVP to this Free Event

August 12, 2020: Stories from the Sephardic Cuban Experience
Live on Zoom

August 26, 2020, 7pm: An Evening with Ruth Behar in Conversation with Richard Blanco discussing Letters from Cuba.
Co-sponsored by Books & Books and Miami Book Fair.
Live on Crowdcast

August 26, 2020, 7pm: Books & Books
Ruth in conversation with Richard Blanco, Miami.

August 27, 2020, 7pm: Literati
Ruth in conversation with Alan Gratz, Ann Arbor, MI.

September 13, 2020 3:00-4:00pm PST (RSVP to
Online Women’s Salon, hosted by Maria Ramos-Chertok (Mill Valley, CA)

September 23, 2020, 11:00am-12:30pm: Region One GEAR UP Literary Festival
South Texas

October 8, 2020, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Letter-Writing Week (October 5-9): The Boston Public Library’s Children’s Library
Creative Letter Writing for Kids with Author Ruth Behar (an interactive Zoom program)

October 14, 2020: Bechol Lashon/Global Jews event for Hispanic Heritage Month

October 22, 2020, 7:30pm: Florida JCC Jewish Book Fest
(Partnership of 6 JCCs in South Florida)

October 23, 2020, 2:15pm: [Jewish Book Council event] Keynote for Teachers Holocaust Workshop
Miami, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale
Jewish Community Center

November 8, 2020, 10:00am: 5-7th grade event [Jewish Book Council event]
Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, Ohio

November 11, 2020: East Brunswick Friends of the Library
New Jersey, 7:30pm