Friends of the Newton Free Library

The Comfort of Lies and Defending Jacob

IMG_0692Great title, right? Defending Jacob and The Comfort of Lies are the book titles of the honored authors (William Landay and Randy Susan Meyers) at the Book and Author luncheon of the Newton Free Library this Friday.

This is an event that I make sure to get to – it’s fun, interesting super social, with delicious food,  and I leave feeling energized – usually to read more books by the featured authors. This year a group of us are going and it will be fun to see my friends for an inspiring lunch. I’ve heard great things about The Comfort of Lies and can’t wait to buy the book and have it signed (Happy Mother’s Day to me). I  also just heard that Defending Jacob had a different ending at first and hoping for some details!

From the website:

The Friends of the Library are proud to present William Landay and Randy Susan Meyers at the 29th Book and Author Luncheon.

William Landay is the author of the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob (set in Newton), The Strangler, a Los Angeles Times Favorite Crime Book of the Year, and Mission Flats, winner of the Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel and a Barry Award nominee. A former district attorney who holds degrees from Yale and Boston College Law School, Landay lives in Newton, where he is at work on his next novel of suspense.

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Randy Susan Meyers is the author of The Comfort of Lies (Feb 2013) and The Murderer’s Daughters (January 2010//St. Martin’s Press.) Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Randy now lives in Boston with her husband, where she teaches writing seminars for Grub Street Writer’s Center, and is the mother of two grown daughters.

The Murderer’s Daughters was named a “Must Read Book,” and one of the “2011 Ten Best Works of Fiction” by the Massachusetts Book Awards and named a best book pick by Elle France, Daily Candy, The Boston Herald, The Winnipeg Free Press, Goodreads, and Book Reporter, among others.

Meyers’ new novel, The Comfort of Lies, explores the collateral damage of infidelity, the difficulty of balancing motherhood, marriage, and work, and the dark, private struggles many experience, but rarely reveal.



Randy Susan Meyers is a wonderfully funny and engaging speaker – quick witted, self-deprecating and brash – loved hearing her. Can’t wait to read her book.

William Landay is an equally engaging speaker and am happy to report that basis for his book and the ending he chose (unrevealed for those who hadn’t finished the book yet) was thoughtfully explained. Glad I read it before even without a spoiler.


Book and Author Lunch

If you haven’t been to a Book and Author lunch, more specifically, the Newton Free Library‘s Book and Author Luncheon, hosted by the Friends of the Newton Free Library, then you are really missing out. The Boston-Newton Marriott was, as usual, the host site of choice for this lovely event, now in its 27th year. Honored authors for this year’s event were Julia Glass, author of The Widower’s Tale, and Marianne Leone, author of Jesse: A Mother’s Story. Both women are incredible speakers and it was a joy to hear them both. Great company – thanks to everyone who went! You are too late for this year (it was last Friday) but you can order the books (just click on the links above) and be sure to put it on your calendar for next year! Here is a link for the event with some more information about Book and Author.

Julia Glass Julia Glass is the author of the novels Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award in Fiction; The Whole World Over; and The Widower’s Tale. Her third book, I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other awards for her fiction include the Sense of Place Award, the Tobias Wolff Award, and the Pirate’s Alley Medal for Best Novella. Her essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, edited by Sean Manning.

Julia lives with her two sons and their father in Marblehead.

Marianne LeoneMarianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. She had a recurring role on HBO’s “Sopranos” as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher’s (Michael Imperioli’s) mother. She has also appeared in films by John Sayles, Nancy Savoca, and Martin Scorsese. Her essays and op-ed pieces on a variety of topics have appeared in the Boston Globe. She is married to Chris Cooper, an academy-award winning actor, and was Jesse Cooper’s mother for seventeen years. After his death in 2005, her essay on grief was published in the Boston Globe (“He Was Our Touchstone”). Her memoir grew out of that essay. Marianne lives on a tidal river in the South Shore of Massachusetts with her husband and two rescue dogs, Lucky and Frenchy.

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