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August 24, 2023 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A Virtual Evening with Alice Hoffman


Books & Books


August 24, 2023
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm



Books & Books and Book Passage present…


in conversation with

Luisa Smith


The Invisible Hour

(Atria Books, $27.99)

Thursday, August 24th, 8:30 PM EST


Books & Books in partnership with Book Passage are thrilled to welcome author Alice Hoffman for her latest book: The Invisible Hour: A Novel (Atria Books, $27.99)! She will be in conversation with Luisa Smith.

From the beloved, New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and the Practical Magic series comes a time-travel novel about a fierce heroine whose life is saved by a book–and its author. For fans of This Time Tomorrow and The Midnight Library. This is an exclusive online event at 8:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm CT on Thursday, August 24th.

Please purchase a ticket before August 24th to gain access to the event. An email with the event link will be sent the day of the event to all attendees.

PLEASE NOTE: This ticket purchase is NON-REFUNDABLE. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

*While supplies last.


About the Book:

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and the Practical Magic series comes an enchanting novel about love, heartbreak, self-discovery, and the enduring magic of books.

One brilliant June day when Mia Jacob can no longer see a way to survive, the power of words saves her. The Scarlet Letter was written almost two hundred years earlier, but it seems to tell the story of Mia’s mother, Ivy, and their life inside the Community—an oppressive cult in western Massachusetts where contact with the outside world is forbidden, and books are considered evil. But how could this be? How could Nathaniel Hawthorne have so perfectly captured the pain and loss that Mia carries inside her?

Through a journey of heartbreak, love, and time, Mia must abandon the rules she was raised with at the Community. As she does, she realizes that reading can transport you to other worlds or bring them to you, and that readers and writers affect one another in mysterious ways. She learns that time is more fluid than she can imagine, and that love is stronger than any chains that bind you.

As a girl Mia fell in love with a book. Now as a young woman she falls in love with a brilliant writer as she makes her way back in time. But what if Nathaniel Hawthorne never wrote The Scarlet Letter? And what if Mia Jacob never found it on the day she planned to die?

Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote: “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.”

This is the story of one woman’s dream. For a little while it came true.

Praise for The Invisible Hour

“I was immediately immersed in The Invisible Hour. It’s a wonderful story of love and growth, but it’s also a narrative engine of great power. Alice Hoffman is wonderful on stories and writing.” – Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author of Fairy Tale

“What a thrill to discover Nathaniel Hawthorne in the pages of Alice Hoffman’s exquisite new novel The Invisible Hour! And what delight to experience the melding, across the centuries, of two prodigious American literary imaginations–Hoffman’s and Hawthorne’s–in this redemptive tale of daughters and mothers and one true love for a man and his book.” – Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Peabody Sisters, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

“Alice Hoffman’s The Invisible Hour is a rich, immersive, magical reading experience. This beautiful novel is about the stories women tell each other and the ones that save us, about the price and peril of motherhood, and the difficulties women have faced throughout history in controlling their own fates. Alice Hoffman, the reigning queen of magical realism, takes her readers on a fantastic, mystical journey that celebrates the joy and power of reading and dares to believe in the impossible.” – Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Four Winds


About the Author:

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Book of MagicMagic Lessons, The World That We Knew, Practical Magic, The Rules of Magic (a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick), the Oprah’s Book Club Selection Here on Earth, The Red Garden, The Dovekeepers, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, The Marriage of Opposites, and Faithful. She lives near Boston.

About the Moderator:

Luisa Smith is the Buying Director of Book Passage, where she has worked for over 25 years, and Editor in Chief of Scarlet, an imprint of Mysterious Press. She grew up surrounded by books as her father is the bestselling author, Martin Cruz Smith and her mother was an English teacher. A childhood filled with books has resulted in a lifelong love of every aspect of the world of books, but the mystery genre holds a particularly special place in her heart.