Mary Laura Philpott events

We want you to meet Mary Laura Philpott so much that we're helping host two events in one day, on April 11. Details are below!


Luncheon with Mary Laura Philpott

April 11, 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Co-hosted by the Women’s Economic Development Council & The Snail on the Wall

The Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35806

Open to the public; reservations required: $26.50 includes buffet lunch (link:

Books will be available for purchase.

Event info here.


Meet & Greet with Mary Laura Philpott

April 11, 5 - 7 p.m.

The AC Hotel Lounge, 435 Williams Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35801

Free and open to the public

Books will be available for purchase; cocktails are available from The AC Hotel bar.

Event info here.


Preorder your copy of I Miss You When I Blink below! It releases on April 2. Or if you can't make either of these events,  order a copy and we'll have it signed for you. 


About I Miss You When I Blink:
One of 2019's Most Anticipated Books: Southern Living, BuzzFeed, Bustle, HelloGiggles, LitHub

Mary Laura Philpott thought she’d cracked the code: Always be right, and you’ll always be happy. But once she’d reached her goals (job, spouse, house, babies—check!), she found that instead of feeling content and successful, she felt anxious. Lost. Stuck in a daily grind of overflowing calendars, grueling small talk, and sprawling traffic.

Mary Laura’s young son once said to her, “I miss you when I blink.” Over the years, the simple sentence became a touchstone—a reminder to slow down, to live in the moment. But it also served as an apt description of the creeping identity crisis many experience at some point. She missed. . . . herself. What’s the worse failure, she wondered: smiling and staying the course, or blowing it all up and running away? And are those the only options?

In this memoir-in-essays full of observations about home, work, and creative life, Mary Laura offers up her own stories to show that identity crises don’t happen just once or only at midlife. When you stop feeling satisfied, you don’t have to burn your life down and set off on a transcontinental hike (unless you want to, of course). You can call upon your many selves to figure out who you are, who you’re not, and where you belong. Who among us isn’t trying to do that?

About Mary Laura:
Mary Laura Philpott writes essays that examine the overlap of the profound and the absurd in culture, literature, and everyday life. Her work has been featured frequently by The New York Times, and she has also written for publications such as The Washington Post, The Paris Review, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She produces the digital magazine Musing for Nashville’s indie bookstore Parnassus Books, and she’s also the Emmy-winning host of Nashville Public Television’s A Word on Words. Mary Laura lives in Nashville with her family.

Visit her website here.

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982102807
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - April 2nd, 2019