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    January 03, 2018
    WRITERS ON A NEW ENGLAND STAGE presents
    #1 New York Times bestselling author
    JOJO MOYES
    with her new novel

    STILL ME
    Wednesday, January 31, at 7:00pm

    Featuring the iconic heroine Louisa Clark
    of the major motion picture Me Before You

    “Louisa is the perfect mix of daffy and brilliant, a sartorial risk-taker with a knack for solving other people’s problems. It is utterly satisfying to watch her tackle her own. Readers of Sophie Kinsella and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project will want to start at the beginning. … Moyes fans will be clamoring for the return of Louisa Clark.” —Booklist (starred review)


    Portsmouth, NH, January 3, 2018 -  On Wednesday, January 31, The Music Hall welcomes to the stage #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes with her new novel, STILL ME, featuring the iconic heroine from Me Before You and After You, Louisa Clark. In this book, Louisa arrives in New York ready to start a new life while maintaining her relationship with Ambulance Sam across several thousand miles but as she throws herself into her job and mixes with New York high society, she finds it’s easier said than done.

    The 7pm event includes an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” It will be held at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater at 28 Chestnut Street, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For each 1-2 tickets sold, the purchase of a book voucher is required, which can be redeemed the event night for signed copies of STILL ME. Those who purchase in advance or on the night of (as available) can join a public book signing ot meet Jojo Moyes to get books personalized.

    “We are beyond excited to be hosting Jojo Moyes at The Music Hall and introducing her to audiences in a post-show event on stage,” said Writers on a New England Stage Producer Margaret Talcott. “We’re lucky to be an early stop on Jojo’s U.S. tour - just a day after STILL ME’s January 30 release. So we’ll be among the first to hear about heroine Lou’s latest adventure in New York City.”

    ABOUT THE BOOK
    Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

    Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. As Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself, Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Jojo Moyes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of After You, Me Before You, The Horse Dancer, Paris for One and Other Stories, One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. She lives with her husband and three children in Essex, England.

    TICKETS
    Tickets for Writers on a New England Stage: Jojo Moyes on Wednesday, January 31, at 7:00pm are $13.75 ($11.75 for members).  For each 1-2 tickets sold, the purchase of a book voucher ($27 hardcover) is required. Vouchers can be redeemed on the event night for signed copies of STILL ME. Those who purchase in advance or on the night (as available) can join a public book signing to meet Jojo Moyes to get their book(s) personalized. Tickets can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.  New for this literary event: all tickets are general admission/unassigned - so arrive early to get the best seats!

    For further information, or to request an author interview, please contact: Margaret Talcott, Producer, The Music Hall, at mtalcott@themusichall.org or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer, at plynch@themusichall.org


    For images, please see: https://themusichall.photoshelter.com/galleries/C0000EcQtroR_19U/G0000yur5rzVj6aM/17-18-Writers-Innovation




    About Writers on a New England Stage
    This award-winning author series, launched in 2005, has presented such celebrated authors as Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, USSC Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Judy Blume, Tom Brokaw, Jodi Picoult, and David McCullough; all on stage at The Music Hall’s historic theater in downtown Portsmouth, NH.  Each literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music is performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught. Shows are rebroadcast on New Hampshire Public Radio.

    Writers on a New England Stage is a partnership Between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio

    Presenting Sponsors:  The University of New Hampshire; Kennebunk Savings
    Series Sponsor:  Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service
    Media Sponsor:  Yankee Magazine
    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa, Realtors; Portwalk Place; the River House restaurant
    Contributing Partner: University of New Hampshire

    PRAISE for STILL ME

    “Louisa is the perfect mix of daffy and brilliant, a sartorial risk-taker with a knack for solving other people’s problems.  It is utterly satisfying to watch her tackle her own. Readers of Sophie Kinsella and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project will want to start at the beginning. … Moyes fans will be clamoring for the return of Louisa Clark.” —Booklist (starred review)

    “Jojo’s work never fails to bring a smile to my face with her honesty, humor and empathy about what it is to be human—[STILL ME is] a must read!”—Emilia Clarke

    PRAISE for AFTER YOU

    ‟Jojo Moyes has a hit with After You.” —USA Today

    “Think Elizabeth Bennet after Darcy’s eventual death; Alice after Gertrude; Wilbur after Charlotte. The ‘aftermath’ is a subject most writers understandably avoid, but Moyes has tackled it and given readers an affecting, even entertaining female adventure tale about a broken heroine who ultimately rouses herself and falls in love again, this time with the possibilities in her own future.” Maureen Corrigan, NPR “Fresh Air”

    “The genius of Moyes . . . [is that she] peers deftly into class issues, social mores, and complicated relationships that raise as many questions as they answer. And yet there is always resolution. It’s not always easy, it’s not always perfect, it’s sometimes messy and not completely satisfying. But sometimes it is.”Bobbi Dumas, NPR.org

    “Moyes is beloved for many reasons. . . In all of her books, Moyes peers deftly into class issues, social mores and complicated relationships that raise as many questions as they answer. And yet, there is always resolution.”—NPR.org

    “Moyes has a special talent for satisfying her readers without the crutch of predictability . . . Any fan of Moyes work will be thrilled to once again become engrossed in lives of the warm, colorful characters she created in Me Before You.”—Wall Street Journal

    “Charming.”—People Magazine

    “Expect tears and belly laughs from Me Before You’s much anticipated sequel.”—Cosmopolitan

    “[A] heart-tugger.”—Good Housekeeping

    “Moyes wisely knows that life-changing events don’t always change our lives for the better . . . After You may not be the sequel you expect, but it is the sequel you needed.”—Entertainment Weekly

    After You is an immersive experience, inviting readers back into the homes of the characters they fell in love with in Me Before You. They’ll experience the mourning that follows a devastating loss, and the glimmers of hope that propel the brokenhearted forward.”—BookPage

    “Moyes is at her most charming here, writing with a sense of humorous affection about family dynamics among working-class Brits . . . a Maeve Binchy for the 21st century.”—Kirkus
     
    PRAISE for ME BEFORE YOU

    “When I finished this novel, I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it . . . with Lou and Will
    [Moyes] has created an affair to remember.”—New York Times Book Review, Liesl Schillinger

    “A hilarious, heart-breaking, riveting novel . . . I will stake my reputation on this book.”
    —Anne Lamott, People

    “There are books that you cannot put down. There are also books where you become so invested in the characters, you force yourself to stop reading to prolong the experience because you don’t want the story to end, and that’s what can happen when you read Jojo Moyes’ latest book, Me Before You …. Moyes writes well-developed characters, and it’s impossible not to care about them. You’ll find yourself laughing, smiling, feeling angry and, yes, crying.”—Associated Press

    “To be devoured like candy, between tears.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

    Me Before You is by turns funny and moving but never predictable.”—USA Today

    “A wonderfully captivating story…”—San Francisco Chronicle

    “A lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)


    “A heartbreaker in the best sense…Moyes again proves herself masterful, not shying from the complexities or shading the agony of choosing between life and death. Me Before You is achingly hard to read at moments, and yet such a joy.”—New York Daily News

    “Plumbing morally complex depths with comedy and compassion, Jojo Moyes elevates the story of Clark and Will from what could have been a maudlin weepie to a tragic love story, with a catharsis that will wring out your heart and leave you feeling fearless.”—Amazon, Best Books of the Month, January 2013

    “Read It and Weep: Heartbreak collides with humor in Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You…about the romance between a quadriplegic and his hired caregiver.”—Good Housekeeping

    “Moyes’ twisting, turning, heartbreaking novel raises provocative moral questions while developing a truly unique relationship between two people brought together by chance. With shades of David Nicholls’ beloved One Day, Me Before You is the kind of book you simply can’t put down—even when you realize you don’t want to see it end. This may not be a novel for the faint of heart, but it is a big-hearted, beautifully written story that teaches us it is never too late to truly start living.”—BookPage
     
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    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program; the other, the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.

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