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Penguin Bookshop Writers Series: Jessica Strawser & Kristin Bair

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The Penguin Bookshop Writers Series will host author Jessica Strawser to celebrate the launch of her latest novel, A Million Reasons Why.

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The Penguin Bookshop Writers Series will host author Jessica Strawser to celebrate the launch of her latest novel, A Million Reasons Why! Jessica will be joined by fellow author Kirstin Bair to discuss the book, the writing process, and everything in between. The conversation should last approximately one hour, and will conclude with a Q&A from the audience. This event will be held virtually via Zoom.

This is a ticketed event, and advance registration is required. Tickets include a copy of A Million Reasons Why with a signed bookplate. Tickets range $28-33.

ABOUT JESSICA STRAWSER

Jessica Strawser is editor-at-large for Writer’s Digest, where as editorial director she became known for her in-depth interviews with such talents as David Sedaris and Alice Walker. She is the author of the book club favorites Almost Missed You, named to Barnes & Noble’s Best New Fiction shortlist; Not That I Could Tell, a Book of the Month bestseller; Forget You Know Me, now new in paperback; and A Million Reasons Why, coming in March 2021 (all from St. Martin’s Press). She has written for The New York Times Modern Love, Publishers Weekly, and others, and is a popular speaker at writing conferences. She lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati, where she was named 2019 Writer-in-Residence for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

ABOUT KRISTIN BAIR

Kristin Bair is the author of the novel Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything. Under the name Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, she has published two novels, The Art of Floating and Thirsty, as well as numerous essays about China, bears, adoption, off-the-plot expats, and more. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Baltimore Review, The Manifest-Station, Flying: Journal of Writing and Environment, The Christian Science Monitor, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and other publications.

Kristin has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in English and journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington. As a speaker and writing instructor, her peripatetic nature has landed her in classrooms and conferences around the globe, from Chicago to Boston to Shanghai, China, and many places in between. A native Pittsburgher, Kristin now lives north of Boston with her husband and two kiddos. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @kbairokeeffe.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR A MILLION REASONS WHY

“A fascinating foray into the questions we are most afraid to ask: what constitutes family, what are our obligations to those we love, where does American healthcare fail the most, what secrets are unforgivable? And in case you need another reason to read this book: there are two massive twists you’ll never see coming.” #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult

“A MILLION REASONS WHY is a heartbreaking, absorbing story with an irresistible premise. Strawser skillfully explores what it means to be family, to rethink the pivotal hinge points in a person’s life.” Angie Kim, bestselling author of Miracle Creek

“Strawser’s characters are so layered and flawed and human that I came to care about them deeply. Heartbreaking yet hopeful, this astute exploration of the bonds and limitations of family is a perfect book club pick.” —Joshilyn Jackson, internationally bestselling author of Never Have I Ever

“This book has it all: betrayal, lost loves, family secrets—and a killer twist I didn’t see coming. A powerful and poignant tale with characters that burrowed their way into my heart and will stay with me for a long time.” Colleen Oakley, bestselling author of Close Enough to Touch

“Strawser’s gripping novel about two women struggling to forge a sibling bond amid the landmines of infidelity, manipulation, and moral dilemmas has more twists than a corkscrew.” Juliette Fay, bestselling author of The Tumbling Turner Sisters

“Book clubs will delight in untangling the moral Gordian knot presented here; there are no easy answers, and the ground shifts as the story unfolds. I was riveted, torn, and, at the end, satisfied.” Sonja Yoerg, Washington Post bestselling author of True Places

“Through richly drawn characters and a few satisfying plot twists, Strawser handles difficult questions with thoughtful, page-turning prose. A must-read!” Susan Gloss, bestselling author of Vintage

“Strawser wrapped me in hope and fear as I raced to the end—filled with the gotta-know until the final words.” Randy Susan Meyers, author of Waisted

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