I attended some of the Talking Volumes author programs this fall for the first time. I wasn't sure if I liked the interview format but it has grown on me over the course of the series. I think many interesting stories are told as the authors respond to questions about their work.
These are at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul and I just love the theater itself. It is a very charming building. Plenty if parking (especially during Rick Riordan's when most of the audience was too young to drive.)
There is a musical interlude which comes right after the author has read a powerful passage from their work which I find quite jarring.
All in all, quite a charming experience, and it is a real treat to be in a big audience full of book lovers.