With great joy STELLINA announces the return of one of our favorite writers, ANN HOOD, to AUTHOR’S NIGHT on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29 at 6:30. Ann will discuss her most recent release, ‘THE BOOK THAT MATTERS MOST.”

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

Stay after the talk and join Ann for AUTHOR’S DINNER, an opportunity to continue the conversation in an informal atmosphere. All food and beverages are a la carte, and there are no additional charges. We do, however, suggest that you make reservations in advance to guarantee seating.


THE BOOK THAT MATTERS MOST is an enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature, by the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle.

“Hood’s novel is rich with pleasures, and will no doubt launch a thousand book club discussions.” USA Today

Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them.

Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.

“Hood examines the push and pull between mothers and grown children and the transformative power of fiction.” — People

Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.


“Engrossing…I admire this graceful and intimate writer for her literary sleight of hand: you don’t so much read about her characters as you inhabit them.” — Elizabeth Berg, author of The Dream Lover