Five years after regaling readers with a Seattle they had never read before with her regional, and nationally-bestselling Where’d You Go, Bernadatte, Maria Semple is back with the most anticipated novel hereabouts this season, her utterly beguiling Today Will Be Different (Little, Brown). We are thrilled to be presenting this hometown debut of a novel Kirkus Reviews called ‘achingly funny and very dear … This author is on her way to becoming a national treasure.’ She already is a Seattle treasure, a generous supporter of other writers and books, bookstores, the organizations that help make literary things happen.  And she can write. "'Today will be different,' Eleanor Flood tells herself, and oh baby hang on for a wild ride that's like nothing Eleanor sees coming. In this brilliant depiction of a woman hanging on by her fingernails, Maria Semple delivers a perfect panic of a day on which the barely tolerable, muddle-through-it desperation that so many of us have known at one time or another suddenly erupts with life-shattering force. Can an existential crisis make us laugh? Such is Semple's talent that this one does, without losing any of the punch or gravity of the hardest kinds of lived experience."―Ben Fountain. "I had the uncanny feeling, while reading Today Will Be Different, that Maria Semple had somehow snuck into my house when I was asleep, took an x-ray image of my heart, then painted it by hand in neon colors. This book is searingly honest and hilarious and dark and neurotic. It is dizzying. Best of all, it is delicious."―Lauren Groff. Admission is $32 (plus ticket tax/fee), which admits TWO and includes a copy of Today Will Be Different. Please click here or the link below for tickets. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca).


Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101