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    April 03, 2017

    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    The #1 New York Times bestselling 
    author of The Historian

    with her new novel

    Wednesday, April 19, 6:30pm

    “Exceedingly appealing…outstanding and suspenseful.” —Booklist
    “Fantastic.” —Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)

    “...thrilling….one of the most memorable characters I’ve encountered in a long time.” —Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls

    “You won’t want to put down this remarkable book.”—Claire Messud, author of The Emperor’s Children and The Woman Upstairs
    What:   The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series welcomes the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Historian (3 million copies sold, in 40 languages) Elizabeth Kostova with her new novel, THE SHADOW LAND. Within an hour of arriving in Bulgaria, Alexandra Boyd finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazaro. As Alexandra sets out to locate the family to return this precious item, she will have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by oppression—and she risks her own life to solve the mystery. Beautifully and suspensefully written, THE SHADOW LAND explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss. 
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:30pm
    The Music Hall Loft
    131 Congress Street
    Portsmouth, NH 03801

    Tickets:   The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Elizabeth Kostova on Wednesday, April 19, at 6:30pm is $42 ($40 members). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of THE SHADOW LAND ($28, 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.

    About the Author:   ELIZABETH KOSTOVA is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Swan Thieves and The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds and MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress. She is also co-founder of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writing in Bulgaria. For more information visit http://www.theswanthieves.com. 

    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
    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.

    Web: www.TheMusicHall.org | Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall | YouTube: /musichallnh

    “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


    “In The Shadow Land, Elizabeth Kostova, a master storyteller, brings vividly to life an unfamiliar country - Bulgaria - and a painful history that feels particularly relevant now. You won’t want to put this remarkable book down.”—Claire Messud, author of The Emperor’s Children and The Woman Upstairs

    “In this brilliant book, what appears at first a minor mystery quickly becomes emblematic of a whole country’s hidden history. Lyrical and compelling, The Shadow Land proves a profound meditation on how evil is inflicted, endured, and, through courage and compassion, defeated. Elizabeth Kostova’s third novel clearly establishes her as one of America’s finest writers.”—Ron Rash, author of The Risen

    “The Shadow Land is thrilling, and not just a gripping tale. It’s also thrilling to watch such a talented writer cast her spell. The central character actually begins the novel in an urn, only to emerge as one of the most memorable characters I’ve encountered in a long time.” —Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls

    “Transporting….draws us into Bulgarian history and character revelation like an elegant, mysterious labyrinth. Page-turning, evocative, and richly imagined.”—Dominic Smith, author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

    “Exceedingly appealing…outstanding and suspenseful.” —Booklist
    “Fantastic.” —Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)


    “Quite extraordinary….Kostova is a natural storyteller….She has refashioned the vampire myth into a compelling contemporary novel, a late-night page-turner.”—San Francisco Chronicle

    “Hypnotic….a thrill ride through history.” —The Denver Post

    “Part thriller, part history, part romance….Kostova has a keen sense of storytelling and she has a marvelous story to tell.”—Baltimore Sun

    “Kostova’s vampire is no campy Lugosi knockoff….Blending history and myth, Kostova has fashioned a version so fresh that when a stake is finally driven through a heart, it inspires the tragic shock of something happening for the very first time.”—Newsweek