Thank you to everyone who came out on October 26, a dark and rainy night, for Monica Wood’s talk and Q&A about The One-in-a-Million Boy. What a warm and engaging speaker! Monica told us that failure is the reason the book got set aside initially, and how that same failure resulted in the freeing decision to expand her writing to memoir (We Were the Kennedys) and playwriting (Papermaker). Thanks to the encouragement of her “forbearing” husband, Monica found that coming back to this book after those other writing experiences made all the difference, and resulted in the book we all enjoyed. At the end of the evening, she shared a very entertaining slideshow of covers from international editions of The One-in-a-Million Boy.
2017’s first event was held August 25th at M&D Playhouse. Monica Wood read a couple of passages from The One-in-a-Million Boy, and talked about some of the people, places, and things that influence her writing.
Monica wants everyone to know that, even though we find out that the boy has died on page two, this book is not sad and depressing, it is life-affirming and has a lot of humor in it. Readers who have read it will agree. Pick up a copy at your library or at White Birch Books and read it for yourself, you’ll be glad you did.
We’re so glad to be partnering with M&D Playhouse this year. We found out this spring that we both were featuring works by the writer Monica Wood, so working together and cross-promoting each others’ events seemed like a natural thing to do.
So, we will kick off this year’s One Book One Valley with some theater!
- An Evening with Monica Wood — Friday, August 25, 6:00 pm at M&D Playhouse, North Conway, 603-733-5275 — Prior to M&D Playhouse’s production of Wood’s play, Papermaker, this unique event will offer bookworms and theater enthusiasts an opportunity to interact with Wood and explore her work. This event (but not the play performance) is free and open to the public. White Birch Books will be there with copies of Wood’s books for sale and signing.
- Papermaker, a play by Monica Wood, Thursdays through Saturdays, August 24-26 & 31, September 1-2, 7-9. For tickets, visit mdplayhouse.com or call 603-733-5275.