Mary Laura Philpott in conversation with Susan Rebecca White - Bomb Shelter

Mary Laura Philpott in conversation with Susan Rebecca White - Bomb Shelter

Monday, Apr 11, 2022 6:30 PM

The Cathedral of St. Philip
2744 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

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 Cappella Books proudly welcomes author Mary Laura Philpott to the Cathedral of Saint Philip in honor of her new book, “Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives,” on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 6:30 PM. Philpott will appear in conversation with Atlanta’s own Susan Rebecca White, author of “We Are All Good People Here.”

This event is free and open to the public. Capacity is limited to 175 seats and registration is required to reserve your seat.

For the health and safety of all of our guests, attendees must wear masks.

A Cappella Books will have signed copies of "Bomb Shelter" and other titles available for purchase at the venue.

About the Book

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 Authors

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.

Susan Rebecca White is the author of four novels: “Bound South,” “A Soft Place to Land,” “A Place at the Table,” and “We Are All Good People Here.” A graduate of Brown University and the MFA program at Hollins University, Susan has taught creative writing at Hollins, Emory, SCAD, and Mercer University, where she was the Ferrol A. Sams, Jr. Distinguished Chair of English Writer-in-Residence. An Atlanta native, Susan lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.