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April 20, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

Bomb Shelter: A Virtual Evening with Mary Laura Philpott and Kimberly Williams-Paisley


April 20, 2022
8:00 pm



Books & Books, Miami Book Fair and Independent Bookstores across the U.S. present

A Virtual Evening with

Mary Laura Philpott

In Conversation with Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives

(Atria Books, $27)

Wednesday, April 20, 8 PM ET  | Via Zoom


About the Book:

the bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink and “writer of singular spark and delight” (Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author) comes a poignant and powerful new memoir that tackles the big questions of life, death, and existential fear with humor and hope.

A lifelong worrier, Philpott always kept an eye out for danger, a habit that only intensified when she became a parent. But she looked on the bright side, too, believing that as long as she cared enough, she could keep her loved ones safe.

Then, in the dark of one quiet, pre-dawn morning, she woke abruptly to a terrible sound—and found her teenage son unconscious on the floor. In the aftermath of a crisis that darkened her signature sunny spirit, she wondered: If this happened, what else could happen? And how do any of us keep going when we can’t know for sure what’s coming next?

Leave it to the writer whose critically acclaimed debut had us “laughing and crying on the same page” (NPR) to illuminate what it means to move through life with a soul made of equal parts anxiety and optimism (and while she’s at it, to ponder the mysteries of backyard turtles and the challenges of spatchcocking a turkey).

Hailed by The Washington Post as “Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck, Jean Kerr, and Laurie Colwin all rolled into one,” Philpott returns in her distinctive voice to explore our protective instincts, the ways we continue to grow up long after we’re grown, and the limits—both tragic and hilarious—of the human body and mind.

About the Author:

MARY LAURA PHILPOTT, author of the national bestseller I Miss You When I Blink, writes essays that examine the overlap of the absurd and the profound in everyday life. Her writing has been featured frequently by The New York Times and appears in such outlets as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Real Simple, and more. A former bookseller, she also hosted an interview program on Nashville Public Television for several years. Mary Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.

About the Moderator:

KIMBERLY WILLIAMS-PAISLEY is an actress, New York Times Best Selling author, Alzheimer’s advocate, and co-founder of non-profit, The Store, an organization in Nashville which aims to address food insecurity. Williams-Paisley’s memoir Where The Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again, chronicling her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, came out in 2016 and hit the New York Times Bestseller list. She is a global ambassador for CARE International, traveling to Haiti and Guatemala to follow U.S. funding for programs that support women and children.

Ticket Guidelines:

  • U.S. GENERAL ADMISSION (Includes book + U.S shipping): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of the book Bomb Shelter (Atria Books, $27 + tax and fee). A fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book.

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address (including your Apt. # if applicable) and phone number.

All books will be shipped AFTER the event.

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number.

Please note: Due to the pandemic the post office is being challenged by increased volume, staffing issues, and safety measures. Most orders within the U.S. deliver in about 10 business days from the date the book ships. International orders usually take longer and vary depending on the country of destination. We cannot guarantee the exact date of delivery, however, will do our best to make it as swift as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Books & Books is excited to partner with indies across the country for this special conversation with Mary Laura Philpott! Tickets are bundled with the book (+tax/fee). The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of the book Bomb Shelter (Atria Books, $27 + tax and fee.  A fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book.

Anderson’s (Chicago, IL) 

Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA) 

Bookhampton (East Hampton, NY) 

Books & Books at The Studios (Key West, FL)

Bright Side Bookshop (Flagstaff, AZ) 

Gibson’s Bookstore (Concord, NH) 

The King’s English (Salt Lake City, UT) 

Left Bank Books (St Louis, MO) 

Malaprop’s Bookstore (Asheville, North Carolina) 

Northshire (Manchester, VT)

Print Bookstore (Portland, ME) 

RJ Julia (Madison, CT) 

Sassafras on Sutton (Black Mountain, NC) 

University Book Store (Seattle, WA) 

An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe ( Plainville, MA) 

Wesleyan RJ (Middletown, CT) 

WORD Bookstores (Brooklyn, NY; Jersey City, NJ)

Once you make your purchase, we will send you a Zoom registration link (24 hours BEFORE) that will give you access to the event via private link.