upcoming events

The “THAT THEY LIVED” virtual book tour began February 6, 2021 at Source Booksellers in Detroit and continues forever. So, settle in at home and enjoy! (Some engagements will include “That They Lived” and “The Burden,” when noted.


February 24, 2022 | 7 pm est

Virtual Event
Rochelle will host a powerful, virtual Black History Month panel featuring award-winning authors—Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Wanda M. Morris, and Vanessa Riley.  Their three books—”The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” “All Her Little Secrets” and “Island Queen” — bridge generations of women’s stories across three different genres. The panelists will discuss the joys and struggles of their Black heroines from the 1800s to today and their writing processes, inspirations and favorite stories.

⇒ For more info, see https://nationalwritersseries.org

February 21, 2022

Books & Brewskies | Traverse Area District Library
Join Rochelle for the Traverse Area District Library’s Books & Brewskis event. Grab a drink and join a robust discussion about “That They Lived.”

⇒ Register @ https://tadl.org

February 20, 2022 | 10 am est

Detroit Unity Temple | Detroit, MI
Rochelle will be the keynote Black History Month speaker at Detroit Unity Temple, 17505 2nd Avenue in Detroit, MI.

February 18, 2022 | 7:30 pm est

Virtual Event | Zoom
Rochelle will join Maxine Smith, author of “The Midnight Mayor” in a one-night-only, no-holds-barred discussion of life in America, then and now – and where we go next. Sponsored by The Charleston Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

⇒ Online | Zoom Meeting ID 862-8293-3701 // Passcode 157240
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February 16, 2022 | 7 pm est

Virtual Event
Rochelle will offer an online talk about her book “That They Lived” as part of The War Memorial’s American Democracy Programming. Her book fills in some gaps in the history that American children have been taught for generations. For African American children, it will prove that they are more than descendants of the enslaved. For all children, it will show that every child can achieve great things and work together to make the world a better place for all. This will be an all-ages presentation.

⇒ Visit warmemorial.org to register.

February 16, 2022

Rochelle will chat with artist Jonathan Harris, co-sponsored by Irwin House Gallery, about his evolving journey after his now famous “Critical Theory” painting went viral on the internet. Created for an exhibition in November 2021, the painting depicts a white person white-washing historic Black icons including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jon and Rochelle will be joined by Cornelius Godfrey, Supervisor of Educational Equity, Inclusion and Community Relationships in the Troy (MI) School District.

February 9, 2022 | 6 pm est

The Canton Public Library | Canton, MI
The topic: What Black History Really Is: People. Riley will share lessons from her books “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery” and “That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed The World.”

⇒ Visit cantonpl.bibliocommons.com for more information.

January 18, 2022

Rochelle joined national panel to honor W.K. Kellogg National Day of Racial Healing

⇒ Watch online at https://healourcommunities.org/watch/

December 20, 2021

National Writers Series: Rochelle Riley and Chris Bohjalian

⇒ Find out more at https://www.interlochenpublicradio.org

November 4, 2021 | 7 pm est

National Writers Series
A conversation with Jason Reynolds, the New York Times bestselling author, Newberry Award Honoree, Printz Award Honoree and two-time National Book Award finalist about his book “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”

⇒ Visit nationalwritersseries.org to register.

October 20, 2021 | 5 pm est

Browseabout Books of Rehoboth Beach, DE

⇒ Visit browseaboutbooks.com for details.

October 16, 2021 | 3 pm est

Festival du Livre Windsor 2021
Black History Celebration with: Rochelle Riley, Cheryl Thompson, Funke Aladajebi

⇒ Visit literaryartswindsor.ca for details.

The Center for Black Literature and Culture, Indianapolis IN

May 11, 2021 | 7 pm eastern


Michigan Business Women Leaders Hall of Fame, Warren MI

May 13, 2021 | 1 pm eastern


National Writers’ Series, Traverse City MI (Leonard Pitts)

May 13, 2021 | 6 pm eastern


Berkley Public Library

April 20, 2021 | 7 pm eastern

Commerce Township Community Library, Commerce MI

April 6, 2021 | 7 pm eastern

Heroe Book Fair, Nairobi Kenya

March 23, 2021 | 9:30 am eastern

Northwest African American Museum, Seattle WA

February 28, 2021 | 3 pm pacific


Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit MI

February 25, 2021 | 6 pm eastern


Detroit Writing Room Book Club, Detroit MI

February 23, 2021 | 7 pm eastern


Why we need COVID memorials now – and for the future

February 22, 2021


Detroit Book City’s 5th Annual African American Family Book Expo 2021, Detroit MI

February 20, 2021 | 12 pm eastern


Metrobook and Author Society, Detroit MI

February 15, 2021 | 7 pm eastern


Ann Arbor Public Library, Ann Arbor MI

February 12, 2021 | 6 pm eastern


Pages BookShop, Detroit MI

February 11, 2021 | 6 pm eastern


Old Firehouse, Ft. Collins CO

February 9, 2021 | 6 pm mountain


Southfield Library, Southfield MI

February 8, 2021 | 12 pm eastern


Source Booksellers, Detroit MI

February 6, 2021 | 2 pm eastern


Community Reading of The Burden

July, 2020