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    June 28, 2017
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    New York Times bestselling

    author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli
    with his latest work
    LESS: A Novel
    Monday, July 24,
    “While such luminaries as Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, and John Irving have praised Greer’s previous novels….Less is perhaps Greer’s finest yet...A comic yet moving picture of an American abroad...a wondrous achievement.” —Booklist, starred review
    “A middle-aged writer accepts literary invitations around the world—making his way from San Francisco to New York, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, and Japan—so that he will have an excuse not to attend the wedding of a long-time lover. Greer, an O’Henry-winning author, writes beautifully. —Publishers Weekly, starred review
    “Hilarious and touching...All along the way, there are wacky scenes of wrong directions taken, comic misunderstandings, and language barriers left standing. Greer is both clever and compassionate.”—Library Journal, starred reviews
    Ticket package includes book, bar beverage, and author meet-and-greet/signing

    Portsmouth, New Hampshire, June 27, 2017 - On Monday, July 24, New York Times bestselling author Andrew Sean Greer (The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells; The Confessions of Max Tivoli) comes to town with his latest work LESS: A Novel—the hilarious tale of Arthur Less, a failed novelist whose escapades through Paris to Morocco, Southern India to the Arabian Sea keep him on the run...from turning 50!

    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.

    Michelle Aldredge, Founding Editor of Gwarlingo, will be the evening’s guest moderator. Aldredge first met Greer at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist retreat located in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and is thrilled to interview him about LESS. “Andy’s latest novel is poignant, hilarious, and full of wise, uncomfortable truths about love, growing older, and the perils of the writing life. To hear him read live and discuss his own misadventures traveling around the world as a roving novelist will be a treat. I’ve known Andy for 16 years, and his conversations are as entertaining and sharp as his writing. I’m looking forward to a lively discussion in the Loft on July 24!”

    Who says you can’t run away from your problems?
    You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: Your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes—it would be too awkward—and you can’t say no—it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.

    Question: How do you arrange to skip town?

    Answer: You accept every travel invitation.

    What could possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there, he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.

    Because, despite all these mishaps, misunderstandings, and mistakes, LESS is, above all, a love story.
    A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by the author The New York Times has hailed as “inspired,” “lyrical,” “elegiac,” “ingenious,” and  “too sappy by half,” LESS shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy. Don’t miss the chance to hear Andrew Sean Greer speak more about LESS!

    Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the O Henry award for short fiction, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. Greer lives in San Francisco. He has traveled to all of the locations in the novel, but he is only “big” in Italy.
    Michelle Aldredge is a writer, speaker, curator, and the founding editor of Gwarlingo, an online arts and culture journal. Her popular Gwarlingo Salon series connects artists like DJ Spooky with rural audiences in the Monadnock region. In 2017 she and collaborator Corwin Levi will publish their first book, Mirror Mirrored, which combines Grimms’ fairy tales with vintage illustration remixes and the work of contemporary artists like Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Amy Cutler. In 2015 Michelle was named a “Top 100 Artist, Innovator, Creative” by Origin magazine, and she is a 2017 recipient of the Wampler Art Professorship at James Madison University. From 1999-2012 Michelle worked at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist retreat, where she first met Andrew Sean Greer in the summer in 2001. They shared many conversations about writing in the years that followed (as well as a few New Hampshire adventures that involved dancing and pick-up trucks).
    The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Andrew Sean Greer on Monday, July 24 at 7pm is $40 ($38, members). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of LESS: A Novel ($26, 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 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.
    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 LESS: A Novel
    “Greer, the author of wonderful, heartfelt novels including The Confessions of Max Tivoli, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells and The Story of a Marriage, shows he has another powerful weapon in his arsenal: comedy. And who doesn’t need a laugh right about now?”—Miami Herald
    “Treat yourself to this book. I missed subway stops. I doubled over in laughter. I experienced more pure reading pleasure than I had in ages. It is hilarious, and wise, and abundantly funny.”—Adam Haslett, author of Imagine Me Gone
    “Seasoned novelist Greer clearly knows whereof he speaks and has lived to joke about it...This is a very funny and occasionally wise book.”—Kirkus Reviews
    “I adore this book. It’s funny, piquant, bittersweet and so achingly observant about the vanity of writers that it made me squirm in recognition. I’ll probably read it again very soon.”—Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City
    “Marvelously, unexpectedly, endearingly funny. A love story focused on the enormous belief that the second half of life will pale in comparison to the first. Guess what? It won’t!”—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad Love Story
    “The most deftly funny romantic comedy I’ve read in years. If you have a sentimental bone in your body (I have 206), the ending will make you sob little tears of joy.”—Nell Zink, author of Mislaid and Nicotine
    “A fast and rocketing read with everything I want from a story—moments of high humor, moments of genuine wisdom, sharp insights and gorgeous images. A wonderful, wonderful book!”—Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
    “In Greer’s wistful new novel, a middle-aged writer accepts literary invitations around the world—making his way from San Francisco to New York, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, and Japan—so that he will have an excuse not to attend the wedding of a long-time lover. Greer (The Confessions of Max Tivoli), an O’Henry-winning author, writes beautifully….He is entirely successful...in the authorial sleights of hand that make the narrator fade into the background—only to have an identity revealed at the end in a wonderful surprise. - Publishers Weekly, starred review
    “While such luminaries as Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, and John Irving have praised Greer’s previous novels, including The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells (2013), Less is perhaps Greer’s finest yet...A comic yet moving picture of an American abroad...Less is a wondrous achievement, deserving an even larger audience than Greer’s bestselling The Confessions of Max Tivoli (2004).”—Booklist, starred review

    “Andrew Sean Greer is one of the most talented writers around, feeling and funny, with a genuinely fine prose style and a sensibility to match.”—Michael Chabon
    “No one tells the secrets of the human heart more bravely or eloquently than Andrew Sean Greer.” —Julie Orringer
    Margaret Talcott, Producer