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Mary Bly in Conversation with Meg Tilly, Lizzie & Dante

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Tue, 06/22/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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How about a little romance for lunch? Join us on zoom for what’s sure to be a fun conversation! 


Celebrated as “the thinking woman’s romance writer” (Huffington Post) for her New York Times bestselling novels published under the pen name Eloisa James, Mary Bly’s Lizzie & Dante is the perfect escapist love story for summer.

On the heels of a difficult break-up and a devastating diagnosis, Shakespearian scholar Lizzie Delford decides to take one last lavish vacation on Elba, the sun-kissed island off the Italian coast, with her best friend and his movie-star boyfriend. Once settled into a luxurious seaside resort, Lizzie has to make big decisions about her future, and she needs the one thing she may be running out of: time.
She leaves the yacht-owners and celebrities behind and sneaks off to the public beach, where she meets a sardonic chef named Dante, his battered dog Lily, and his wry daughter Etta, a twelve-year-old desperate for a mother. While Dante shows Lizzie the island's secrets, and Etta dazzles with her irreverent humor, Lizzie is confronted with a dilemma. Is it right to fall in love if time is short? Is it better to find a mother briefly, or to have no mother at all? And most pressingly, are the delicacies of life worth tasting even if you will only get to savor them for a short while?
A luscious story of love, courage, and Italian wine, Lizzie & Dante demands to know how far we should travel to find a future worth fighting for. 

Mary Bly is a New York Times bestselling author under the name Eloisa James and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

Meg Tilly is a bestselling, award-winning author, an acclaimed actress and has her own YouTube channel, “Meg’s Cozy Tea Time.” In 2017, after having been successfully published in literary women’s fiction, YA, and middle grade, Meg decided she was tired of being serious and wanted to have some fun. She went on to write the kind of books she loves to read—romantic suspense! Solace Island, Cliff’s Edge and Hidden Cove were published in 2018-2019. Tilly’s newest novel, The Runaway Heiress, will be released on July 27.

Lizzie & Dante: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593134825
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: The Dial Press - June 1st, 2021

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The Runaway Heiress Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593201084
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Berkley Books - July 27th, 2021