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Tuesday, September 6

Just Announced! Writers in the Loft welcomes Ann Beattie

“A National Treasure” – NY Times Book Review

With her remarkable new work, Mrs. Nixon:  A Novelist Imagines a Life and The New Yorker Stories
“one of the top 10 books of 2010” – New York Times Book Review

Monday, November 7, at 7pm

Tickets on sale to Music Hall members Friday, September 9
On sale to the public Friday, September 23

Ticket purchase includes book, bar beverage, and author meet-and-greet/signing
The Music Hall and RiverRun Bookstore announce a new event in the Writers in the Loft series. On Monday, November 7, the award-winning writer and celebrated New Yorker magazine contributor Ann Beattie will join the series with her new work, Mrs. Nixon:  A Novelist Imagines a Life. Her appearance with Writers in the Loft will take place at the Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth.

Ann Beattie is one of America’s most celebrated writers, heralded “a National Treasure” by the New York Times Book Review. Now, she brings us a riveting exploration of former First Lady Pat Nixon. Beattie’s writing has always reflected her interest in minor or marginalized characters. With Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines A Life, she creates a startlingly original portrait of this elusive icon – one of America’s most famous marginalized characters – drawn from a wealth of sources ranging from books by Woodward and Bernstein, Jonathan Schell, Mary McCarthy and H.R. Haldeman to articles found in old Life Magazines, vanity press books, and photos of the Nixons. 
The result is an unprecedented and deeply personal glimpse into Beattie’s brilliant (and sometimes very funny) imagination, and into the life of this historical female figure.  It is also an intriguing and revelatory look at how a writer creates and imagines a life.

Said Margaret Talcott, Associate Producer of Writers in the Loft series, “I can think of no better writer to profile the mysterious Pat Nixon and time she lived in.  Like Ann Beattie herself, Mrs. Nixon spoke to a generation of women, but in a very different and haunting way. ‘Beattie on Nixon’ is not to be missed. Rarely does one get such an opportunity to hear from such a celebrated writer about such an infamous time in American history.”  Ann Beattie will also us the just-released paperback edition of her heralded collection  The New Yorker Stories, named one of The Top 10 Books of 2010 by The New York Times Book Review.
About the author
Ann Beattie’s work has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections and in John Updike’s The Best American Short Stories of the Century. In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story form. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She and her husband, the artist Lincoln Perry, live in Maine, Florida, and Virginia, where she is Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.
About Writers in the Loft, ticket purchases
Writers in the Loft is akin to The Music Hall’s anchor author series, Writers on a New England Stage, featuring well-known authors but in a smaller, more intimate space.  It is produced as a partnership between The Music Hall and RiverRun Bookstore with Series Sponsor Citizens Bank. The series brings audiences the best of fiction and nonfiction from today’s top writers. 

Tickets for Writers in the Loft:  Ann Beattie will go on sale to members at noon Friday, September 9, and on sale to the general public Friday, September 23. The ticket package is $40 ( $37 members) and  includes reserved seat, book (Mrs. Nixon, $26.00 hardcover), and bar beverage; author presentation/reading, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet. Packages can be purchased  through The Music Hall Box Office, located at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, over the phone at 603-436-2400 or online at http://www.themusichall.org.   If available, ticket packages can also be purchased on the night of the event at The Music Hall Loft Box Office at 131 Congress Street, beginning at 6:00pm for the 7pm event.  The author will autograph her book for package-purchasers on the night at a book signing reception following her reading and discussion.  


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