VIRTUAL: Susan Conley (Landslide) Author Talk and Q&A

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Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop & Café present a virtual author event on Zoom with Susan Conley, author of Landslide. Susan will be in conversation with Monica Wood (Ernie's Ark) and Meredith Hall (Beneficence). 

This event is free, but registration is required to attend the Zoom.

About the Book

A "spectacular" novel about a family on the brink that “hits it out of the park” (Lily King), from the critically acclaimed author of Elsey Comes Home—an O. MagazineMarie Claire, PopSugar, and Southern Living must-read.

“I loved Landslide. You are right there with them in a fishing village in Maine, feeling the wind, the sea, the danger. Smart, honest, and funny, this is a story you won't forget.”
—Judy Blume

After a fishing accident leaves her husband hospitalized across the border in Canada, Jill is left to look after her teenage boys--"the wolves"--alone. Nothing comes easy in their remote corner of Maine: money is tight; her son Sam is getting into more trouble by the day; her eldest, Charlie, is preoccupied with a new girlfriend; and Jill begins to suspect her marriage isn't as stable as she once believed. As one disaster gives way to the next, she begins to think that it's not enough to be a caring wife and mother anymore--not enough to show up when needed, to nudge her boys in the right direction, to believe everything will be okay. But how to protect this life she loves, this household, this family?

With remarkable poise and startling beauty, Landslide ushers us into a modern household where, for a family at odds, Instagram posts, sex-positivity talks, and old fishing tales mingle to become a kind of love language. It is a beautiful portrait of a family, as compelling as it is moving, and raises the question of how to remain devoted when the eye of the storm closes in.

About Susan Conley

Susan Conley is the author of the Stop Here This is the Place, the memoir The Foremost Good Fortune and the novel Paris Was the Place. Her work has been published in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Daily Beast, and The New Times Magazine. She’s received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Breadloaf Writers Conference, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. In 2014 she was the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She currently teaches in the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine and was awarded the 2016 Maine Arts Commission’s Literary Fellowship. Susan lives with her husband and two sons in Portland, Maine, where she is the co-founder of The Telling Room, a creative writing lab serving thousands of Maine kids every year, guided by the belief that children are natural storytellers.

About Monica Wood

MONICA WOOD is a novelist, memoirist, and playwright, the 2019 recipient of the Maine Humanities Council Carlson Prize for contributions to the public humanities, and the 2018 Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance Distinguished Achievement Award for contributions to the literary arts. Her most recent novel, The One-in-a-Million Boy, has been translated into 20 languages in over 30 countries. She is also the author of When We Were the Kennedys, a New England bestseller, Oprah magazine summer-reading pick, and winner of the May Sarton Memoir Award and the Maine Literary Award. Her novel Any Bitter Thing was an ABA bestseller and Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie’s Ark, which has been excerpted on NPR's "Selected Shorts" and selected by several towns and cities as their "One Book, One Community" read; My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award; and Secret Language, her first novel.  Her widely anthologized short stories have won a Pushcart Prize and been featured on public radio. She also writes books for writers and teachers. Her nonfiction has appeared in Oprah, New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Parade, and many other publications. In 2015 her first play, Papermaker, debuted in an extended run at Portland Stage in Portland, Maine, setting the theater’s all-time attendance record and enjoying successful runs at other regional theaters, including Shadowland Stages in Ellenville, NY, and Chenango River theatre in Greene, NY. Her second play, The Half-Light, recently debuted at Portland Stage, its second bestselling show ever.

About Meredith Hall

Meredith Hall's memoir Without a Map was instantly recognized as a classic of the genre and became a New York Times bestseller. It was named a best book of the year by Kirkus and BookSense, and was an Elle magazine Reader’s Pick of the Year. Hall was a recipient of the 2004 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation. Her work has appeared in Five Points, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The New York Times, and many other publications. Hall divides her time between Maine and California.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Landslide: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657132
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - February 2nd, 2021

A "spectacular" novel about a family on the brink that “hits it out of the park” (Lily King), from the critically acclaimed author of Elsey Comes Home—an O. MagazineMarie Claire, PopSugar, and Southern Living must-read.

Ernie's Ark: The Abbott Falls Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781567926682
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: David R. Godine Publisher - September 29th, 2020

"Like Elizabeth Strout, her fellow chronicler of small-town Maine life, Monica Wood imbues her characters with the complexity and humanity of real people. Ernie's Ark is as true as life."--Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

Beneficence Cover Image
ISBN: 9781567926699
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: David R. Godine Publisher - October 20th, 2020

A family must overcome tragedy to reclaim goodness and peace in their lives. Reviewers and readers have called this a "hauntingly beautiful" novel, "hard to put down," "a page-turner and an artistic triumph," "a masterpiece of compassion." Written by a masterful storyteller, this is a book that illuminates the journey we make through loss to healing.