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Anna Quindlen Nanaville at McIntyres

Literary Luncheon with Anna Quindlen, celebrating the release of her latest book, Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting, with special guest hostess Shannon Ravenel

Wednesday, April 24   |   12:00 pm

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Price: $90

This ticketed luncheon celebrates the release of Nanaville with a luncheon and discussion between New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anna Quindlen and Algonquin Books cofounder and former editor Shannon Ravenel.

A bighearted book of wisdom, wit, and insight, celebrating the love and joy of being a grandmother, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and #1 New York Times bestselling author.

It’s a little challenging to suss out why exactly it can be so magical. . . . All I know is: The hand. The little hand that takes yours, small and soft as feathers. I’m happy our grandson does not yet have sophisticated language or a working knowledge of personal finance, because if he took my hand and said, “Nana, can you sign your 401(k) over to me,” I can imagine myself thinking, well, I don’t really need a retirement fund, do I? And besides, look at those eyelashes. Or the greeting. Sometimes Arthur sees me and yells “Nana!” in the way some people might say “ice cream!” and others say “shoe sale!” No one else has sounded that happy to see me in many many years.

Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column. Now she’s taking the next step and going full nana in the pages of this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother. Quindlen offers thoughtful and telling observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision-maker but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandson. She writes, “Where I once led, I have to learn to follow.” Eventually a close friend provides words to live by: “Did they ask you?”

Candid, funny, frank, and illuminating, Quindlen’s singular voice has never been sharper or warmer. With the same insights she brought to motherhood in Living Out Loud and to growing older in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, this new nana uses her own experiences to illuminate those of many others.

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of many novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.

Shannon Ravenel worked in publishing, one way or another, for almost 50 years: in Houghton Mifflin’s trade editorial department from 1961-1971, as Series Editor of The Best American Short Stories from 1977-1990, as a co-founder with Louis Rubin of Algonquin Books in 1982, as Algonquin’s Editorial Director from 1992 to 2001, and as editor of 20 volumes of New Stories from the South. In 2001, she stepped down as Editorial Director in order to create and direct a new imprint for Algonquin—Shannon Ravenel Books. She retired in 2013. The grandmother of four, she lives in Durham NC with Dale Purves, her husband of 50+ years.

The Menu

First Course
Pea & Broccolini Salad, Herb-Whipped Parmesan with Artisan Greens, Avocado Ranch Dressing

Main Course
Roasted Chicken with Spinach & Ricotta Dumpling, Cauliflower, Herb Aioli & Lemon Mustard Cream

Strawberry Shortcake with Rhubarb & Vanilla Meringue, Basil, Pink Peppercorn & White Chocolate Powder