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Meet Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Egan at Writers On A NE Stage

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan returns to The Music Hall as part of the Writers on a New England Stage series to talk about her New York Times bestseller, MANHATTAN BEACH, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Esquire, Vogue, The Washington Post, USA TODAY, and Time.

The novel starts with 12-year-old Anna Kerrigan accompanying her father to visit Dexter Styles. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond his house and by some charged mystery between the two men. ?Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father's life - and the reasons he might have vanished. The 7pm event includes an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Peter Biello, host of New Hampshire Public Radio's broadcast of All Things Considered and The Bookshelf, an ongoing NHPR segment featuring authors from around New Hampshire and the region. Patrons who purchase a book voucher in advance or a book on the night will be welcomed backstage to meet the author as she signs and personalize their copies of MANHATTAN BEACH.

About the Author: Jennifer Egan is the author of five previous books of fiction: A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Keep; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Granta, McSweeney's, and The New York Times Magazine.

Tickets: Tickets for Writers on a New England Stage: Jennifer Egan on Tuesday, June 26, at 7:00pm are $13.75 ($11.75 for members). Patrons who purchase book vouchers ($17, paperback) in addition will be welcomed backstage post-show to have their copies of MANHATTAN BEACH signed and personalized by the author. Tickets can be purchased online at, over the phone at 603.436.2400, or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street. All tickets are general admission/unassigned, so arrive early to get the best seats!

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 a New Hampshire Public Radio host. 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

About New Hampshire Public Radio

Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond, through its mission of "expanding minds, sparking connections, and building stronger communities." NHPR is broadcast from 14 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire's largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week, NHPR is the choice of more than 170,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage, with thousands more viewing and NHPR social media sites. Each day, New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning news team. Locally-produced programs include The Exchange, Word of Mouth, The Folk Show, Outside/In, Civics 101, and numerous podcasts. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcasts national programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, and This American Life.

About The Music Hall

The Music Hall is an active and vital cultural center in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, dedicated to the advancement of the tri-state region's cultural life through the performing arts, literature, and education. A community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it presents entertainment from around the world and around the corner-the greatest musicians, writers, and performers of the time, extraordinary films, and award-winning documentaries. Its 600 yearly events delight an annual audience of 130,000 (including 20,000 children) in two theaters-an 1878 Victorian-era Historic Theater and the modern and intimate Loft space. The Music Hall was recently named Editors' Choice "Best All-Around Entertainment" by Yankee Magazine and is a designated "American Treasure for the Arts." Through innovative community partnerships, it subsidizes thousands of tickets each year to make the arts accessible to all. The Music Hall is community-oriented and committed to helping the Seacoast region flourish.

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