Texas Book Festival Literary Salon with Lily King

Texas Book Festival is offering an exclusive opportunity to participate in a private virtual literary salon with Lily King, acclaimed author of Writers & Lovers, and you’re invited! King will chat with attendees about her extraordinary new novel.

This salon is invitation-only and will be limited to twelve guests. The gathering will take place over Zoom on May 20, 2020 from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in the comfort of your own home. Closer to the event, a Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you.

Tickets for this special event are $250.00 each and include a copy of Writers & Lovers, and a bottle of wine, delivered to your door! All proceeds support the Texas Book Festival.

This event has sold out! If you’d like to join a wait list, please contact Maris Finn at maris@texasbookfestival.org.

We are so excited to offer this special experience to you, and hope you will join us for an unforgettable evening.

About Lily King:

Lily King (Author of Euphoria)

Lily King is the author of five award-winning novels. Her most recent novel, Writers & Lovers, was published on March 3rd, 2020. Her 2014 novel Euphoria won the Kirkus Award, The New England Book Award, The Maine Fiction Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Euphoria was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review. It was included in TIME’s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2014, as well as on Amazon, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, and Salon’s Best Books of 2014. King’s novel Father of The Rain (2010) was a New York Times Editors Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Novel of the Year and winner of the 2010 New England Book Award for Fiction and the Maine Fiction Award. The English Teacher (2005) won the Maine Fiction Award, was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year and a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year. Her first novel, The Pleasing Hour (1999), won the B&N Discover Award, was a New York Times Notable Book and an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. King is also the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award. She lives with her husband and children in Maine.



About Writers & Lovers:

Writers & Lovers: A Novel: King, Lily: 9780802148537: Amazon.com ...

Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she’s been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey’s fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.

Writers & Lovers follows Casey—a smart and achingly vulnerable protagonist—in the last days of a long youth, a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis. Written with King’s trademark humor, heart, and intelligence, Writers & Lovers is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.

Praise for Writers & Lovers:

“A comic and compassionate novel… It shares with [Euphoria] a fascination with the difficulty of defining the worth of one’s life when the familiar markers of adult achievement are slow to materialize. With wit and what reads like deep insider wisdom, Ms. King captures the chronic low-level panic of taking a leap into the artsy unknown and finding yourself adrift, without land or rescue in sight.”—Maureen Corrigan, Wall Street Journal

“Delightful… An unmistakable broadside against fiction’s love affair with macho strivers, even — or especially — when layers of lyricism and tenderness coat their machismo. The emotional force of Writers & Lovers is considerable.”—New York Times Book Review

“Romance isn’t the point for Casey. Love is the gravy; words are the filet. Finding a way to build a life around work she loves, finding a way to support herself as a writer — this is the line connecting all three corners of the love triangle at the heart of this novel.”—New York Times Book Review, Group Text Book Club

“Writers & Lovers made me happy. Even as the narrator grieves the loss of her mother and struggles to make art and keep a roof over her head, the novel is suffused with hopefulness and kindness. Lily King writes with a great generosity of spirit.”—Ann Patchett

Writers & Lovers is exactly the book we need now. Witty and heartfelt… I could not stop reading.”—Judy Blume

“Fantastic.”—Emma Roberts

“This smooth, deliberate chronicle of creation keeps the men in their place and Casey firmly rooted at the center of her own story. Instead of casting her as a woman torn between archetypes of male creativity, Writers & Lovers portrays her as a woman in thrall to her own generative processes, a devotee to the art of (her own) attention.”—Los Angeles Times

“Among the elements that make Writers & Lovers so winning are the perfectly calibrated little details, convincing conversations, and droll wit… Writers & Lovers is a book about passion, desire, grief, determination, and finding one’s way. It’s also about craving love, family, and success… generously infused with heart and soul and wit and wisdom.”—NPR

Writers & Lovers is a funny novel about grief, and, worse, it’s dangerously romantic, bold enough and fearless enough to imagine the possibility of unbounded happiness.”—Washington Post

“King captures the agita of an early-life crisis and the eccentricities of a writer’s life, spiking the narrative with wit, sumptuous imagery and hilarious skewerings of literary elitism.”—People


Please contact Maris Finn with any questions about the event, maris@texasbookfestival.org