An Evening with Emma Brodie (A&S '11), Author of Songs in Ursa Major

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Join us for an evening with alumna and author, Emma Brodie (A&S '11) as she discusses her new book, Songs in Ursa Major (Alfred A. Knopf). Emma will also discuss her time at Hopkins, how it put her on her current path, and how she got published.

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When folk legend Jesse Reid falls in love with an unknown singer-song-writer named Jane Quinn, Jane's entire life changes. Plucked from the small island off the coast of Massachusetts where she grew up, she soon finds herself on tour with Jesse and his band, a record deal in hand, and a hit song climbing the charts. Caught up in the thrill of the road and the profound connection she has with Jesse, Jane is blindsided by the discovery she makes about the dark secret beneath his music. Heartbroken and blackballed by an industry built on appearances, Jane, a truly gifted musician with a secret of her own, must figure out just how much she is willing to sacrifice for her dreams. 

“I’ve never read a book that so uniquely captures the experience of creativity and the shimmering coolness of being in a recording studio as music history is made.  Emma Brodie perfectly channels the languorous romance of the time and the beautiful struggle of an artistic soul trying to break free.  So many of the passages throughout Songs in Ursa Major are such pure poetry, I got chills as I read them.  I could drink a case of this book, and I’d still be on my feet.” - Kevin Kwan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians

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Emma Brodie (A&S '11), Author, Songs in Ursa Major
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Emma Brodie has worked in book publishing for a decade, most recently as an executive editor at Little, Brown's Voracious imprint. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University's Writing Seminars program, and is a longtime contributor to HuffPost and a faculty member at Catapult. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their dog, Freddie Mercury.

Disclaimer: The perspectives and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) during this program are those of the speaker(s) and not, necessarily, those of Johns Hopkins University and the scheduling of any speaker at an alumni event or program does not constitute the University’s endorsement of the speaker’s perspectives and opinions.

 Event Date
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Start Time: 7:00pm EDT
End Time: 8:00pm EDT

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