Author: blairhurley

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I had such a lovely time speaking with @nmlhazard and Tea Jai Travis about our books at the wonderful @bookfestwindsor. We discussed how we build our characters and having a strong sense of place in our novels. .
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New Story Available at Electric Literature

I’m excited to have a new story of mine, “How Does a Person Become a Nun? A Practical Guide”, available at Electric Literature. Here’s a brief excerpt, and you can read the whole story online here.

There is a process to these things, phases to the journey that you’ll be expected to pass through.

Period of Inquiry

Start young. When you’re walking with your mother down the streets of Boston, clinging to her hand, stare at a gaggle of nuns going by, the arresting flutter of their habits, the graceful uniformity of them. Point. “What are they?” They look like the swans that live in the Public Garden, moving in one honking crowd along the bank, an ungainly grace in their steps. “They’re sisters,” your mother will say. You’ve always wanted a sister. Cry without understanding why.

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Hey Boston, I’m so excited to be reading from #thedevoted at @tridentbooks June 27 with @maura.roosevelt and @danaczapnik. This is one of my last events for the novel, and it’s going to be a great conversation! #amreading #writing #bostonlit #bostonbookstagram

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It’s almost here! Friends, THE DEVOTED arrives in paperback June 4 with a gorgeous new cover. Paperback launches are really important for debut writers, so I’d greatly appreciate your support in pre-ordering a copy if you haven’t gotten one already, leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads, or coming to an event if you’re in Boston or Chicago.

Order on Amazon or leave a review: http://a.co/hESx59h
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Goodreads page: http://bit.ly/2M9KaEs
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Come to an event:
June 4, 2019 / Boston, MA
7pm: Reading at Harvard Bookstore with Chris Castellani
1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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June 13, 2019 / Chicago, IL
7pm: Reading at Women & Children First Bookstore with Jaclyn Gilbert
5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640
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June 27, 2019 / Boston, MA
7pm: Reading at Trident Booksellers with Dana Czapnik and Maura Roosevelt
338 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02115
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Thanks so much for helping this book make its way in the world!
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#thedevoted #bookstagram #novelwriting #writing #amwriting

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Friends, #thedevoted paperback comes out June 4, and to celebrate I’ll be doing another tour of events. I’ll be in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago, and it would be great to see you there! Visit my events page for more info at blairhurley.com/events and please spread the word! .
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