Elizabeth Strout in conversation with Dani Shapiro

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Barrett Bookstore and the Darien Community Association are thrilled to announce an event with beloved, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout to celebrate the release of her new novel, Oh William! Elizabeth will be in conversation with author and podcast host Dani Shapiro. 

To ensure the comfort and safety of all, our in-person audience is limited to 100 people and that registration is now closed.

We are pleased to announce a virtual viewing option ($35 DCA members, $45 public). This virtual ticket includes a signed copy of Elizabeth Strout’s new book Oh William! You may pick up your copy at Barrett Bookstore after the event.

All virtual ticket purchasers will receive an email with access link the afternoon of the event, and another reminder email one hour before the 7:00pm event start time.



Upon entering the event, you must provide proof of vaccination or a results of negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event. No exceptions. Masks will be required in the Garden Room of the DCA during the book talk.


In her latest novel (release date: October 19, 2021) Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout explores the mysteries of marriage and the secrets we keep, as a former couple reckons with where they’ve come from—and what they’ve left behind. 

“Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favorite writers, so the fact that Oh William! may well be my favorite of her books is a mathematical equation for joy. The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages is a miraculous achievement.”—Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House

“Loneliness and betrayal, themes to which the Pulitzer Prize–winning Strout has returned throughout her career, are ever present in this illuminating character-driven saga. . . . Strout’s characters teem with angst and emotion, all of which [she] handles with a mastery of restraint and often in spare, true sentences. . . . It’s not for nothing that Strout has been compared to Hemingway. In some ways, she betters him.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Strout] illuminates both what people understand about others and what they understand about themselves.”—The New York Times Book Review 

“Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I’d never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is.”—Zadie Smith 

I would like to say a few things about my first husband, William. 

Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are. 

So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret—one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us. What happens next is nothing less than another example of what Hilary Mantel has called Elizabeth Strout’s “perfect attunement to the human condition.” There are fears and insecurities, simple joys and acts of tenderness, and revelations about affairs and other spouses, parents and their children. On every page of this exquisite novel we learn more about the quiet forces that hold us together—even after we’ve grown apart. 

At the heart of this story is the indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who offers a profound, lasting reflection on the very nature of existence. “This is the way of life,” Lucy says: “the many things we do not know until it is too late.”

About Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Olive, AgainAnything Is Possible, winner of the Story Prize; My Name Is Lucy BartonThe Burgess BoysOlive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London. She lives in Maine.

About Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Inheritance, as well as Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Also an essayist and a journalist, Shapiro's short fiction, essays, and journalistic pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, and many other publications. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, the New School, and Wesleyan University; she is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. In 2016, she launched the hit podcast Family Secrets, which has now been downloaded more than 16 million times, and in April of 2020 she launched a daily podcast called The Way We Live Now. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Oh William!: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812989434
Published: Random House - October 19th, 2021

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525434030
Published: Anchor - January 28th, 2020

Event address: 
Darien, CT 06820-4127