VIRTUAL: Mary Laura Philpott, author of Bomb Shelter, in conversation with Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Parnassus Books is pleased to join Books and Books in presenting a virtual event with Mary Laura Philpott, in conversation with Kimberly Williams-Paisley, for Mary Laura's new book Bomb Shelter.

This virtual event will take place via Zoom Webinar on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 PM Central Time. Ticketholders will receive the Zoom link by email on the day of the event. If you have purchased a ticket but have not received the link to view the event by 30 minutes prior to the start time, please first check your spam/junk/bulk folder, then email for assistance.

Books will be shipped or available for pick-up after the event.

Please note: there are 3 ticket types:

  • $29.50, which includes a signed hardcover copy of Bomb Shelter and in-store pickup at Parnassus Books
  • $38.50, which includes a signed hardcover copy of Bomb Shelter, and priority rate shipping to a US address
  • $52.00, which includes a signed hardcover copy of Bomb Shelter, and shipping to an address outside of the U.S.

About the book:

From 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 Kimberly Williams-Paisley:

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.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 7:00pm
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