WORD Co-Presents Mary Laura Philpott

04/20/2022 - 8:00pm

Books & Books/Miami Book Fair x WORD invite you to join Mary Laura Philpott & Kimberly Williams-Paisley for a special virtual launch of BOMB SHELTER

Wednesday, April 20th, at 8 p.m. ET on Zoom 


About the Book

A lifelong worrier, Philpott always kept an eye out for danger, a habit that only intensified when she became a parent. 


Then, in the dark of one quiet, pre-dawn morning, she woke abruptly to a terrible sound—and found her teenage son unconscious on the floor. In the aftermath of a crisis that darkened her signature sunny spirit, she wondered: If this happened, what else could happen? And how do any of us keep going when we can’t know for sure what’s coming next? 

Leave it to the writer whose critically acclaimed debut had readers “laughing and crying on the same page” (NPR) to illuminate what it means to move through life with a soul made of equal parts anxiety and optimism—and to remind us that although there is no shelter from the bomb of loss, love is never pointless. (And while she’s at it, to ponder the mysteries of backyard turtles and the challenges of spatchcocking a turkey.)


Your purchase of the $35 voucher by noon on April 20th includes a copy of Bomb Shelter, access to the virtual event, and shipping.

If you'd like your book shipped to a different address (not billing), please leave the shipping address in ORDER COMMENTS

Once your order has been processed, you will receive the Zoom link for the event. Please contact WORD Bookstore with any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!


MARY LAURA PHILPOTT, author of the national bestseller I Miss You When I Blink, writes essays that examine the overlap of the absurd and the profound in everyday life. Her writing has been featured frequently by The New York Times and appears in such outlets as The Washington PostThe AtlanticReal Simple, and more. A former bookseller, she also hosted an interview program on Nashville Public Television for several years. Mary Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.  

KIMBERLY WILLIAMS-PAISLEY is an actress, New York Times Best Selling author, Alzheimer’s advocate, and co-founder of non-profit, The Store, an organization in Nashville which aims to address food insecurity. Williams-Paisley’s memoir Where The Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again, chronicling her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, came out in 2016 and hit the New York Times Bestseller list. She is a global ambassador for CARE International, traveling to Haiti and Guatemala to follow U.S. funding for programs that support women and children.

Ticket for virtual launch of Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott.

Includes book + shipping