A_ author headshot squareMary Laura Philpott is the author of the national bestseller I Miss You When I Blink and the new memoir 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 was for several years a co-host of A Word on Words, the literary interview program on Nashville Public Television. 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, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and #1 on the Indie Next List by booksellers nationwide. Read more about it here.


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Mary Laura Philpott is the author of the national bestseller I Miss You When I Blink — which was named one of NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019, a Best Book of the Year by Esquire and Real Simple, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and #1 on the Indie Next List by booksellers nationwide. Her writing has been featured frequently by The New York Times and also appears in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Paris Review Daily, The Oprah Magazine, and other publications. Additionally, Mary Laura is a former bookseller and was for several years a co-host of A Word on Words, the literary interview program on Nashville Public Television. Her next book, the memoir Bomb Shelter, will be published in April 2022. Mary Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.