Writers in The Loft Present NY Times Best Selling Author Anita Shreve
WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
New York Times bestselling
author of The Weight of Water
and The Pilot’s Wife
with her latest novel
THE STARS ARE FIRE
Wednesday, May 3,
7pm event, 8pm book signing
NOTE: Anita Shreve’s 7pm event is SOLD OUT but please join her meet-and-greet book signing at 8pm in the Loft lobby. Book buyers can have her personalize their hardcover editions of THE STARS ARE FIRE.
“Based on the harrowing true story of the largest fire to ravage the coast of Maine, this is sure to be a best seller. Shreve’s prose mirrors the action of the fire, with popping embers of action, licks of blazing rage, and the slow burn of lyrical character development. Absolutely stunning.” —Library Journal
“...readers will be buoyed by Grace’s strength and resourcefulness and will be eager to debate the ethical decisions she makes as she seizes her independence.” —Publishers Weekly
Ticket package includes book, bar beverage,
and author meet-and-greet/signing
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, MAY 3, 2017- The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series welcomes to the stage Anita Shreve, the New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot’s Wife (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), on Wednesday, May 3. The author visits with her thrilling new work, THE STARS ARE FIRE—an exquisitely suspenseful new novel based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine’s history and about an extraordinary young woman tested by the horrific incident and its devastating aftermath.
The 7pm event includes an author presentation and moderated Q+A, plus book signing and meet-and-greet. It will be held at the Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress Street, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
“Anita Shreve’s is a favorite of many of us here at The Music Hall. We’ve presented her before, and are delighted she is back with THE STARS ARE FIRE, another remarkable tale based on New England history,” said Margaret Talcott, Producer of Writers in the Loft and the evening’s moderator. “Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss her work, her writing and local history with this best-loved novelist.”
ABOUT THE BOOK
In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires break out near Bar Harbor and are soon burning out of control, racing down the coast. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. The women spend the night frantically protecting their children, and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands’ fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists.
In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms—joys and triumphs she could never have expected—and her spirits soar. And, then, the unthinkable happens, and Grace’s bravery is tested as never before.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ANITA SHREVE’s novels have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into thirty-six languages. She lives with her husband in New Hampshire. For more information visit http://www.anitashreve.com
Anita Shreve’s 7pm Loft event is SOLD OUT*, but all book buyers are invited to a meet-and-greet book signing with the author at 8pm. The author will personalize hardcover editions of THE STARS ARE FIRE. Post show vouchers ($27, including book) 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 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.
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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
PRAISE for THE STARS ARE FIRE
"Based on the harrowing true story of the largest fire to ravage the coast of Maine, this is sure to be a best seller. Shreve’s prose mirrors the action of the fire, with popping embers of action, licks of blazing rage, and the slow burn of lyrical character development. Absolutely stunning.”—Library Journal
"...readers will be buoyed by Grace’s strength and resourcefulness and will be eager to debate the ethical decisions she makes as she seizes her independence.”—Publishers Weekly
PRAISE for STELLA BAIN
“Touching, heartbreaking, sometimes so vivid you can almost feel the fear.”—Karen Campbell, Boston Globe
“Spare, elegant...Shreve’s fans will appreciate her keen understanding of women’s struggles to live life on their own terms.”—Helen Rogan, People
“A must-read.”—Steph Opitz, Marie Claire
“Astonishing...Brilliant and unexpected...Shreve is a versatile writer, depicting the brutality of battle just as compellingly as she does the early stages of love. She had me rooting for Stella’s happiness the whole way through and left me completely satisfied at the end.”—Diane Colvard, Real Simple
“Vivid prose...The true power of Stella Bain lies not in what is said, but in what is left unsaid. The silences are complex: silences within the relationship and silences that come from understanding the complicated mental and emotional consequences of war. And though the story is dark, its resolution is hopeful and nostalgic.”—Natalie Bakapoulos, San Francisco Chronicle
"An intriguing character study that delivers compelling mystery without melodrama. Shreve offers a fresh, feminine twist on a topic that's much in vogue lately-World War I.... Shreve cleverly and movingly shifts between Stella's two lives, as we learn who she really is. A custody battle, a horrible case of wartime disfigurement, and even questions of women's rights emerge in this spare but involving novel....Those who read Shreve's 2003 novel, All He Ever Wanted, will get an unexpected thrill when they put the pieces together."—Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today
"Shreve returns to what she does best-describing the thoughts, actions, and feelings of an unconventional woman....As Shreve peels back the layers of memory and exposes the real woman in Stella, she creates a compulsively readable novel....In Stella Bain, Shreve's writing is spare and luminous, much like her protagonist. She can evoke an intense feeling in just a few words....The extensive dialogue and courtroom testimony move the story along swiftly, and in sections the book reads like a play. Although the story takes place in, variously, the late 19th Century and the first decades of the 20th Century, Shreve has woven in themes that readers in this century will have no trouble recognizing as worthy and current."—Laura Eggertson, Toronto Star
"As always, master storyteller Anita Shreve spins a spell-binding web of a tale, guaranteed to snare her readers into turning pages until three in the morning."—Terry Miller Shannon, Book Reporter
"Compelling....Shreve infuses Stella Bain with a warmth and intelligence that has been a hallmark of her 17 previous novels."—Carol Iaciofano, NPR
"The gripping, touching tale of a shell-shocked American in post-WWI London."—Good Housekeeping
"Shreve writes tightly plotted page-turners."—Catherine Elsworth, Goodreads
"An exemplary addition to Shreve's already impressive oeuvre."—Kirkus Reviews
"A tragic yet hopeful story of love, memory, loss, and rebuilding.... Shreve's thoughtful, provocative historical tale has modern resonance."—Publishers Weekly
"Stella's journey of self-discovery allows us to encounter the horrors of the first World War, groundbreaking treatments in psychotherapy, early acknowledgments of domestic violence, and the glimmer of first-wave feminism....An improbably woman of mystery."—Alice Short, Los Angeles Times