Join us on THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13 at 6:30 as AUTHOR’S NIGHT welcomes the return of one of our favorite speakers, J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN, to celebrate the paperback release of her recent novel “SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS.”

AUTHOR’S NIGHT is a FREE EVENT. A cash bar is available for the use of our guests, and copies of Ms. Sullivan’s book will be available for purchase courtesy of Dick Haley of Haley Booksellers.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: As if one wonderful author wasn’t enough, a special guest will be joining Courtney as a guest speaker. Appearing for the third time at Author’s Night will be Randy Susan Meyers, author of THE WIDOW OF WALL STREET, ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE, THE COMFORT OF LIES, and others. For more information about Ms. Meyers, CLICK HERE.

Stay in your seats after the talk for DINNER WITH THE AUTHOR! Continue the conversation over cocktails, appetizers, entrees and/or desserts. All food and beverage is a la carte and there are no additional charges.

Reservations are not required for the talk, but they are suggested for the dinner. Please call Stellina at 617-924-9475 to reserve your seats and insure prompt confirmation.

 “All of Sullivan’s characters leap off the page.You don’t read this book; you breathe it.” –Janet Maslin, The New York Times, Critic’s Picks 2017

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The following is excerpted from a Washington Post article by Ron Charles:

J. Courtney Sullivan’s ‘Saints for All Occasions’ is this year’s best book about family

“Saints for All Occasions” the new novel by J. Courtney Sullivan, is so unassuming that its artistry looks practically invisible. In fact, from the outside, nothing about this story seems noteworthy: Irish Catholics settle in Boston; they drink too much; they struggle with the church; they gather for a loved one’s wake.

That sounds as fresh as a pint of last week’s Guinness.

Which makes this quiet masterpiece all the more impressive. In a simple style that never commits a flutter of extravagance, Sullivan draws us into the lives of the Raffertys and, in the rare miracle of fiction, makes us care about them as if they were our own family.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this novel is its elegant manipulation of time. In the present, the story takes place over just a few days — the period between when 50-year-old Patrick Rafferty loses control of his car and when he’s laid out at his funeral.

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“I hope to read another novel as strong and wise and beautiful and heartbreaking as J. Courtney Sullivan’s Saints for All Occasions this year, but I’m not sure I will.”
Richard Russo

 

 

J. Courtney Sullivan is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Commencement, Maine,The Engagements, and Saints For All Occasions. Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. The Engagements was one of People Magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2013 and an Irish Times Best Book of the Year. It is soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon and distributed by Fox 2000, and it will be translated into 17 languages. Her latest novel, Saints For All Occasions, was named one of the ten best books of the year by the Washington Post, a New York Times Critic’s Pick for 2017, and a New England Book Award nominee. Courtney’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among many others. She is a co-editor, with Courtney Martin, of the essay anthology Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. In 2017, she wrote the foreword to a new edition of one of her favorite children’s books, Anne of Green Gables, for Penguin Classics. A Massachusetts native, Courtney now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, son, and dog.

“Elegant. … Captivating. … Deft and insightful. … A quiet masterpiece…impressive… so unassuming that its artistry looks practically invisible.”The Washington Post, Best Books 2017

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