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    June 19, 2017
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    The National Book Award-winning
    author of Three Junes
    with her new novel
    Wednesday, June 21, 7pm
    A season-end event for The Music Hall Book Club with special reception and discount pricing for Music Hall Contributor members
    Guest Moderator: Dawn Heffron, leader of The Music Hall Book Club
    “Radiant...Warmhearted...Grippingly readable… full-bodied, compassionately rendered characters.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
    “A fascinating look at a world in which a creative artist becomes a hot property to be both honored and exploited...A compelling story with fully realized characters.”—Michael Cart, Booklist, starred review
    What:  The Music Hall welcomes to its Loft stage the National Book Award-winning author Julia Glass with her latest work, A HOUSE AMONG TREES. Known best for her masterful work Three Junes, Glass has orchestrated another richly plotted novel of friendship and love that explores as well the impact of artistic ambition, the perils of celebrity, and the power of an unexpected legacy.  The plot:  After the sudden death of the celebrated children’s author Mort Lear, his trusted assistant is stunned to be left the house and all its contents, as well as the role of literary executor. She must also deal with the arrival of a beguiling British actor who was cast to play Mort in a movie. Together, they look more closely at the deceased author’s past and the consequences of his choices. Don’t miss the chance to hear more from Julia Glass about her remarkable new novel and join us for the discussion with guest moderator, Dawn Heffron,  
    When/Where:             Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 7pm
                                      The Music Hall Loft
                                        131 Congress Street
                                        Portsmouth, NH 03801
    Tickets:   The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Julia Glass on Wednesday, June 21 at 7pm is $42 ($40, members). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of A HOUSE AMONG THE TREES ($27.95, hardcover), a bar beverage, and book signing meet-and-greet.  Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.  Specially-priced $37 ticket packages are available for members of the The Music Hall Book Club and Music Hall members at the Contributor Level ($150) and up.
    About the Author:   Julia Glass is the author of five previous books of fiction, including the bestselling Three Junes, winner of the National Book Award, and I See You Everywhere, winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Other published works include the Kindle Single Chairs in the Rafters and essays in several anthologies. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Glass is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College. She lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
    About Writers in the Loft

    Akin to The Music Hall’s anchor literary series, Writers on a New England Stage, Writers in the Loft features bestselling authors in a smaller, more intimate space. The series brings audiences today’s top authors, the best of fiction and nonfiction, and award-winners across categories. The evening package includes a reserved seat and bar beverage, author presentation and Q+A, a copy of the book, and a meet-and-greet book signing with the featured writer.
    Series Sponsor:  RMC Research Corporation
    Contributing Partner:  The University of New Hampshire
    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa Realtors;  Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant
    About The Music Hall Book Club
    The Music Hall Book Club is a benefit for members at our Contributor level and above. This club meets the second Monday of the month in the lounge at Portwalk Place in downtown Portsmouth from 6-7:30pm. Our discussions begin with socializing followed by a moderated discussion. Our fantastic moderator comes prepared but encourages the conversation to go in any direction the group prefers.
    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
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    “The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene”- Yankee Magazine

    “The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” - Boston Globe
    For more information, contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    The Music Hall                                                                            
    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer
    “Radiant...Warmhearted...Grippingly readable…[Glass’s] conclusion finds room for compromise and mutual fulfillment among her full-bodied, compassionately rendered characters.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
    “A fascinating look at a world in which a creative artist becomes a hot property to be both honored and exploited...A compelling story with fully realized characters.”—Michael Cart, Booklist, starred review

    “Enormously accomplished...rich, absorbing, and full of life.”—The New Yorker
    “A warm, wise debut...Three Junes marks a blessed event for readers of literary fiction everywhere.”—San Francisco Chronicle
    “Julia Glass’s talent sends chills up my spine; Three Junes is a marvel.”—Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls
    “Three Junes almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains. Glass’s ability to illuminate and deepen the mysteries of her characters’ lives is extraordinary.”—Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
    “Three Junes brilliantly rescues, then refurbishes, the traditional plot-driven novel...Glass has written a generous book about family expectations—but also about happiness.”—The New York Times Book Review
    “Gorgeous...Three Junes goes after the big issues without a trace of fustiness and gives us a memorable hero.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
    “Three Junes is a novel that bursts with the lives of its characters. They move into our hearts, taking up permanent residence, the newest members of the reader’s family of choice.”—Times-Picayune
    “Fiercely realized...luxuriant in its emotional comprehension and the idea, or promise, that anything might happen.”—Boston Globe
    “Radiant...an intimate literary triptych of lives pulled together and torn apart.”—Chicago Tribune
    “Sophisticated...Engrossing...Catches the surprising twists and turns in family relationships, amid love, loss, hope and regret.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    “The sort of sparkling debut that marks a writer as one to watch.”—Daily News
    “The fluid, evolving nature of family history is at the heart of this assured first novel.”—Time Out New York
    “This first novel treats family ties, erotic longing, small children and prolonged deaths from AIDS and cancer with a subtlety that grows from scrupulous unsentimentality.”—Newsday
    “Formidable...The traditional novel of social relations is very much alive in Three Junes. Virginia Woolf and Elizabeth Bowen, among other examples, would surely approve.”—Kirkus Reviews
    “Brimming with a marvelous cast of intricate characters set in an assortment of scintillating backdrops, Glass’s philosophically introspective novel is highly intelligent and well-written.”—Booklist
    “An elegant and moving novel.”—The New Yorker
    “A tender, insightful, and winning exploration of the modern family and the infinite number of shapes it can take.”—People
    “Sophisticated and surprising...Luminous.”—San Francisco Chronicle
    “The only regret you’ll have at the end of this particular story is that it’s over.”—Entertainment Weekly
    “Breathtaking...Heartfelt...What makes this novel so fresh is its notion that the need to know where we come from isn’t limited to our formative years. And that all buried secrets are bittersweet when revealed.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
    “An exquisitely detailed novel.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
    “An engrossing read.”—Newsday
    “This memento mori is as much about the teeming, glad business of life as it is about grief—’the bright blessed day,’ as the Louis Armstrong song puts it, as well as the dark sacred night.”—The Washington Post
    “Glass’ prose is so lovely and filled with felicitous phrases and insights that when she orchestrates a family reunion, the reader is apt to just follow along like Kit, knowing the music is bound to enthrall.”—The Dallas Morning News
    “The delight of reading Julia Glass turns out to be the connections we make with her generous characters, who become as endearing—and exasperating—as the people we love in real life.”—The Miami Herald
    “Wretched and wonderful—indeed, dark yet sacred.”—BookPage
    “Glass explores the pain of family secrets, the importance of identity, and the ultimate meaning of family…[A] lovely, highly readable, and thought-provoking novel.”—Booklist, starred
    Margaret Talcott, Producer