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Press Release 8/11/20

(Kent, Connecticut) – Kent Memorial Library and House of Books invite you to join a conversation between Kent author Amy Poeppel and author Elinor Lipman. They will be discussing Amy’s recently published book Musical Chairs. This event will be on Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.

“The book has many referrences to a small town in Litchfield County with a little red brick Library and many other Kent-like locations,” remarks Lucy Pierpont, Kent Memorial Library Marketing and Special Events Director. “I’m waiting to meet a character I might really know, but alas, I’ve only found composites. It’s a great book. I don’t blame Parade Magazine for adding it to its list of some of the best new books for July 2020,” she adds.

About Amy Poeppel

Amy Poeppel grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Wellesley College and worked as an actress in the Boston area, appearing in a corporate industrial for Polaroid, a commercial for Brooks Pharmacy, and a truly terrible episode of America’s Most Wanted, along with other TV spots and several plays. While in Boston, she also got her M.A. in Teaching from Simmons College.

She is married to David Poeppel, a neuroscientist at NYU and Director of the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt. For the past thirty years, they have lived in many cities, including San Francisco, Berlin, and New York, and had three sons along the way. Amy taught high school English in the Washington, DC suburbs, and after moving to New York, she worked as an assistant director of admissions at an independent school where she had the fulfilling experience of meeting and getting to know hundreds of applicant families.

She attended sessions at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit and wrote the theatrical version of Small Admissions, which was performed there as a staged reading in 2011. Amy’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The RumpusWorking MotherPoints In CaseThe Belladonna, and Literary Mama. You can read an interview with Amy on Authors Answer.

About Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman is the author of 14 books of fiction and nonfiction, including Then She Found Me, The Inn at Lake Devine, Isabel’s Bed, I Can’t Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays, The View from Penthouse B, On Turpentine Lane and most recently, Good Riddance. Her rhyming tweets were published in 2012 as Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. Then She Found Me became a 2008 feature film, directed by and starring Helen Hunt, with Bette Midler, Colin Firth, and Matthew Broderick.  She was the 2011-12 Elizabeth Drew professor of creative writing at Smith College, and lives in Manhattan.

This event is free and open to the public. On Zoom. Please register for Zoom login information.

House of Books, located at 4 North Main Street, features a large selection of current releases, literature and children’s books in addition to a carefully curated selection of cards, gifts, calendars, reading glasses and journals. For more information or to order books go to

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit for more information.