We are delighted to welcome Laura Munson to the store to talk about her new book, Willa's Grove, as part of our afternoon "Cookies and Coffee with the Author" series. Writer, radio and TV contributor Val Haller will be joining Laura for this onstage conversation!
New York Times bestselling author Laura Munson speaks to the question we all ask at least once in our lives…if not many times: So Now What? Laura will discuss the book with Val, read some excerpts, and we'll have time for Q&A, and book signing, too. ***Laura will be giving a special gift to all who come see her on the road, inspired by the characters in her book!
This event is co-sponsored by The Women's Exchange. All day, mention you are here for the Women's Exchange and 20% of your purchase (including copies of Willa's Grove) will go to benfit their programming.
About the book: Three women, from coast to coast and in between, open their mailboxes to the same intriguing invitation: You are invited to the rest of your life. Although leading entirely different lives, each has found herself at a similar, jarring crossroads. Right when these women thought they'd be comfortably settling into middle age, their carefully curated futures have turned out to be dead ends.
The sender of the invitation is Willa Silvester, who is reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband and the reality that she must say goodbye to the small mountain town they founded together. Yet as Willa mourns her losses, an impossible question keeps staring her in the face: So now what?
Struggling to find the answer alone, fiercely independent Willa eventually calls a childhood friend who happens to be in her own world of hurt--and that's where the idea sparks. They decide to host a weeklong interlude from life, and invite two other friends facing their own quandaries. Soon the four women converge at Willa's Montana homestead, a place where they can learn from nature and one another as they contemplate their second acts together in the rugged wilderness of big sky country.
"Women have always searched for community during life's critical crossroads, but it's the rare novel that nails the tone and tempo of what it feels like to embed with kindred spirits and share stories, joys, and fears from the heart. Every reader will relate to this beautiful story in powerful and personal ways. I cherished my time with Willa's Grove, sitting in this circle of women who, by the end, felt like best friends."-- Lee Woodruff, #1 New York Times bestselling author
About the Author: Laura Munson is the bestselling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, which chronicles her journey through her own midlife crossroads. Drawing from the striking response to her memoir, the essay version of it in the New York Times "Modern Love" column, and her speaking events at women's conferences across the US, Laura founded the acclaimed Haven Writing Retreats and Workshops. After watching hundreds of people find their unique and essential voices under the big sky of Montana she calls home, Laura created Willa, the invitation, the friends, and the town to share what she has learned with people globally. Her work has been published and featured in many media outlets throughout the world.
Abut Val Haller: She started a grass-roots effort to help busy adults get back into the music scene by creating a boutique music website. She launched Valslist.com in August 2007. Since then, it's been featured in Oprah's O magazine, on New York public radio WNYC Soundcheck, and Val's music writing has appeared on the New York Times weekly blog. Val believes that the boomer audience just needs help to discover the good artists. Valslist.com is a filter, like a music concierge, delivering only the best (new artists that sound like our old artists) to this music hungry audience.
You are invited to the rest of your life.