2017 Summer Spotlight

Thank you for making our June 6, 2017 event with
Emma Straub, best-selling author of
The Vacationers and Modern Lovers, such a success!

Our gracious thanks to moderator Carol Fitzgerald and author Emma Straub
for an enlightening and entertaining talk!

We are delighted to share our 2017 festival author roster. Click here to learn more. 

This year’s Summer Spotlight event was generously sponsored by Adrienne and S. Dillard Kirby

Emma Straub’s latest New York Times bestseller, Modern Lovers, is a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college—their own kids now going to college—and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in.

  • NPR Best Book of 2016
  • Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
  • Slate Best Book of the Year
  • Washington Post Notable Fiction Pick

Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions—be they food, or friendship, or music—never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us.

“Ms. Straub writes with such verve and sympathetic understanding of her characters. . .
[An] entertaining novel. . . deftly and thoughtfully written.” – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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