The Art of Holding on to What is Important

The Art of Holding on to What is Important

By Dena Cruz and Joy Sablatura


Join us for a thrilling conversation between a bestselling suspense novelist and a San Francisco-based literary agent.


Hallie Ephron is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 suspense novels. She comes from a literary family; her parents were writers, as were her three sisters, Nora, Delia, and Amy. Her last five books have all been finalists for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her latest novel, “Careful What You Wish For,” tells the story of a professional organizer, a la Marie Kondo, who is married to a lawyer who can never pass up a good garage sale. The New York Journal of Books describes this thriller as “expertly crafted…” 


“While Ephron has written a rollicking story that revolves around the startling things found in a secret storage unit that belonged to the deceased husband of one of her clients, she also has given us finely realized portraits of less-than-perfect contemporary relationships. And it’s the portrayal of the pitfalls of these relationships and their inherent frustrations that end up causing Emily to commit an indiscretion that brings her under suspicion for a murder…”


Jamie Lee Curtis reviewed the book for Time magazine, describing the main character, Emily, as “a modern-day grown-up Nancy Drew…as she searches for her own purpose while hunting down the perpetrator of the emerging crime. She is a friend we would all want to keep—messes included!” 


Ephron has also written a guidebook for other mystery writers called “Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel,” which Lee Child called, “the best how-to guide I have ever seen.”


Ephron will be in conversation with April Eberhardt, a literary agent with forward-thinking ideas about book publication. Eberhardt spent 25 years as a corporate strategist and management consultant before jumping into the world of publication. She is a frequent presenter at writers’ conferences, serves on the Advisory Council for The American Library in Paris, and is a reader for The Best American Short Stories series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 


Don’t miss this opportunity to hear an entertaining conversation between two women considered by many to be the best in their respective fields. The event promises to be informative, fun, and interactive, affording you an opportunity to “come up on stage” and ask questions of the presenters.


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