Mary Laura Philpott is the author of the national bestseller I Miss You When I Blink and the new memoir-in-essays Bomb Shelter (forthcoming in April 2022). Her writing has been featured frequently by The New York Times and also appears in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Paris Review Daily, O The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and other publications. Across her work, Philpott examines the overlap of the absurd and the profound in life, literature, and culture.
Additionally, Philpott is a former bookseller and an Emmy-winning co-host of A Word on Words, the lively literary mini-program on Nashville Public Television. She also wrote and illustrated the book Penguins with People Problems. Philpott enjoys traveling around the country to speak with people about creativity, reinvention, reading, and writing. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family. (Oh, and she goes by both names: “Mary Laura”)
I Miss You When I Blink was named one of NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019, a Best Book of the Year by Esquire and Real Simple, and #1 on the Indie Next List by booksellers nationwide. A finalist for the Southern Book Prize, it was also highlighted on must-read or most-anticipated lists from Newsweek, BuzzFeed, Town & Country, theSkimm, ELLE Australia, Lit Hub, Southern Living, Bustle, The Millions, BookRiot, Garden & Gun, and the Chicago Review of Books, among others. Read more about it here.