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Ideas in Bloom

Inspiring New Writers on a New England Stage Springtime Conversations.

The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio kick off the spring series of Writers on a New England Stage with two new virtual events.  Two separate literary conversations with celebrated and iconic authors will focus on environmental challenges and the importance of water conservation, and themes of race and class structure. The latest round of author talks include Erin Brockovich, the celebrated environmental activist whose work was dramatized in an Oscar-winning film of the same name; and Kevin Kwan, the iconic author of the bestselling novel and film phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians. These distinct conversations continue the much-loved series’ mission of bringing renowned authors and thinkers to New Hampshire audiences, and connecting with literary fans in New Hampshire – and now through the magic of virtual engagements – beyond New Hampshire.  

The conversation lineup:

Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m., environmental activist, consumer advocate and renowned crusader, Erin Brockovich presents her new book Superman’s Not Coming. Just one week after Earth Day, a timely conversation from Erin Brockovich shows us what’s at stake with the condition of water on our planet. Superman’s Not Coming is a stirring call to protect our precious resources, to make our voices heard, to ensure our water is safe, and to finally bring about change. Brockovich is the president of Brockovich Research & Consulting and the founder of the Erin Brockovich Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to educate and empower communities in their fight for clean water. She hosts her own show on PodcastOne, and lives in Southern California.

To purchase a ticket & learn more about the event, click here.

Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m., #1 New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Kwan presents his new book Sex and Vanity. The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with a glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men and two very different cultures: the WASPY fiancé of her family’s dreams, and George Zao, the man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with. Beyond memorable characters and popular appeal, Kwan’s books touch on serious themes of race, identity and class structure. Recent attacks on Asian Americans in our country have brought attention to these issues and fostered national self-reflection. In addition to Crazy Rich Asians, Kwan is also the author of the international bestsellers China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. Crazy Rich Asians was a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture; the novel has been translated into more than 30 languages. In 2018, Kevin Kwan was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

To purchase a ticket & learn more about the event, click here.

NHPR's All Things Considered host Peter Biello will be in virtual conversation with the authors on the outlined dates. The literary conversations are part of Writers on a New England Stage, a partnership of The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio. Ticket prices are $5 per event and include access to the live stream, the virtual author discussion, and audience Q&A. Attendees also have an additional option to purchase a paperback book for $17. Books will be available for pick up at the B2W Box Office at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, or shipped. For tickets, call the Box Office at 603-436-2400, or purchase online.

Aytaj Ismayilova is NHPR’s digital membership associate. She worked as a marketing intern for CatchFire creative agency and as a public relations intern for a local Concord communications agency Louis Karno & Co Communication.
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