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Martha McPhee Launches An Elegant Woman in Conversation with Julia Phillips


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Tuesday, 7:30 pm EDT June 2, 2020

7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT

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Celebrate the June 2 release of Martha McPhee’s novel An Elegant Woman, published by Scribner. Julia Phillips, author of Disappearing Earth (shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize), will interview the National Book Award finalist on why she chose to use aspects of her own family history in telling the story of four generations of women.

Join us in a toast with your own Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet:

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 2 slices cucumber (1/4-inch slices)
  • 1 1/2 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 ounce lemonade
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Garnish: basil leaf
  1. Muddle the basil and cucumber in a shaker.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and ice and shake.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
  4. Garnish with a basil leaf.

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    Martha McPhee

    Martha McPhee

    Martha McPhee is the author of the novels An Elegant Woman, Dear Money, L’America, Gorgeous Lies, and Bright Angel Time. Her work has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2002 she was nominated for a National Book Award. Her novels have been Best Books of The Year on the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune lists. Her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Newark Star Ledger, Vogue, More, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Traveler, Travel & Leisure, among many others. McPhee is a tenured member of the English Department at Hofstra University, where she teaches fiction. She lives in New York City with her children and husband, the poet and writer Mark Svenvold.

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    Julia Phillips

    Julia Phillips

    ​​Julia Phillips is the debut author of the nationally bestselling novel Disappearing Earth, which is being published in twenty-three languages and was a finalist for the National Book Award. A Fulbright fellow, Julia has written for the New York Times, ​the Atlantic, and the Paris Review. She lives in Brooklyn.