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  • Writers in The Loft Presents: Anna Quindlen with her new novel ALTERNATE SIDE

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    March 26, 2018
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents

    #1 New York Times bestselling author
    and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist

    Anna Quindlen
    with her new novel
    featured in USA TODAY as a “book you won’t want to miss”

    Friday, March 30, 7pm

    “Quindlen’s novel is an exceptional depiction of complex characters — particularly their weaknesses and uncertainties — and the intricacies of close relationships.” —Publisher’s Weekly

    “The fragile connections and bizarre rituals of the suburbs are explored with tenderness and curiosity in this story of a small community torn apart by a sudden act of violence.” —Glamour

    Ticket package includes book, bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A and author meet-and-greet/signing

    What: On Friday, March 30, The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series presents #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Anna Quindlen with her new novel, ALTERNATE SIDE. The book follows Nora Nolan, who, most days, thinks she and her husband Charlie live a charmed life in a tranquil village amid urban craziness. The owners watch one another’s children grow up. They use the same handyman. They trade gossip and gripes, and they maneuver for the ultimate status symbol: a spot in the block’s small parking lot. Then one morning, Nora returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has occurred, shaking the community and opening the fault lines among Nora’s neighbors, at her job, and in her marriage. With crisp relief and sharp humor, Anna Quindlen rips the cover off of an idealistic façade and explores what it means to be a mother, wife, and woman at a moment of reckoning — all while showcasing her fiction prowess at its most brave, most heartbreaking, and most satisfying. The hour-long event will include an author presentation and Q&A moderated by Margaret Talcott, producer of Writers in the Loft.

    When/Where:         Friday, March 30  - 7pm
                                     The Music Hall Loft
                                       131 Congress Street
                                       Portsmouth, NH 03801

    Tickets: The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Anna Quindlen on Friday, March 30, at 7pm, is $42 ($40). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of ALTERNATE SIDE  ($28, hardcover), a bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A, 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: Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of many novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.

    For further information, or to request an author interview, please contact: Margaret Talcott, Producer, The Music Hall, at mtalcott@themusichall.org or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer, at plynch@themusichall.org.

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    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
    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa Realtors;  Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant
    Contributing Partner:  The University of New Hampshire


    “The quotidian lives of Manhattanites have long fascinated discerning writers, from Wharton to McInerney, and with her ninth novel, best-selling Quindlen takes her place within this pantheon. Though she writes with a deceptive casualness about dashed dreams and squandered hopes, Quindlen’s quietly precise evaluation of intertwined lives evinces a keen understanding of and appreciation for universal human frailties.” Booklist, STARRED Review

    “[P]rovocative… Quindlen’s novel is an exceptional depiction of complex characters—particularly their weaknesses and uncertainties — and the intricacies of close relationships.” —Publisher’s Weekly

    “Quindlen’s latest book brings an interesting point to mind...a reminder of the impact decisions can have on our life, as well as the lives of others. The reader will likely find at least one of the neighbors relatable in this tale of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots.’” —Romantic Times

    “Imagine This Is Us set in a big city and you have New York Times bestselling author Anna Quindlen’s newest novel, ALTERNATE SIDE … A complex story of family, marriage, and alternating sides, this novel will leave you with a lot to think about after you’ve turned the final page.” —PopSugar

    “The fragile connections and bizarre rituals of the suburbs are explored with tenderness and curiosity in this story of a small community torn apart by a sudden act of violence.” —Glamour


    “Overwhelmingly moving . . . In this novel, where so much is about what vanishes, there is also a deep beating heart, of what also stays.”—The New York Times Book Review, about Miller’s Valley

    “Leaves the reader feeling grateful, wide awake, lucky to be alive.”—Michael Chabon, about One True Thing

    “Taken as a whole, Quindlen’s writings represent a generous and moving interrogation of women’s experience across the lines of class and race. . . . Quindlen has delivered a novel that will have staying power all its own.”The New York Times Book Review, about Still Life with Bread Crumbs

    “A poignant story of sisterhood, and the universal struggle to find one’s true purpose . . . Quindlen’s superb, generous storytelling has never been more rewarding.”—BookPage, about Rise and Shine

    “Anna Quindlen is America’s Resident Sane Person. She has what Joyce called the common touch, the ability to speak to many people about what’s on their minds before they have the vaguest idea what’s on their minds.”—The New York Times, about Blessings

    “In a tale that rings strikingly true, Quindlen captures both the beauty and the breathtaking fragility of family life.”—People, about Every Last One

    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,  named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.

    With acclaimed signature series including Writers on a New England Stage – a partnership between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio – and the Intimately Yours music series, we bring top authors and artists to both stages. Also, HD broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre of London as well as extraordinary cinema fill both screens almost every night of the year.

    This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $7.1 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending.

    Innovative in its outlook, the organization is community oriented and committed to making the Seacoast flourish. The Music Hall is a 501(c)3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 corporate partners and 58 community partner organizations. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.

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    Margaret Talcott, Producer