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Boston Book Festival: Beyond the Page: The Happiest Girl in the World

October 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


About this event

Is an Olympic dream worth the blood, sweat, and tears? How much is Sera Wheeler willing to sacrifice to remain a favored athlete? Find out in Alena Dillon’s The Happiest Girl in the World, a story of denial, ambition, and betrayal.

Join us on Thursday, 10/21 at 7 PM via Zoom for a live discussion with October’s Beyond the Page author, Alena Dillon. Ask Alena about her writing journey and exploration of a beloved sport’s disturbing truth.

This event is a part of the 2021 Boston Book Festival

“Propulsive, transfixing, and disturbing. I could not set the book down. Harrowing and fearlessly honest, The Happiest Girl in the World is a haunting read because it couldn’t have done justice to its subjects – fictional and real – any other way.” —Popsugar

Be sure you join our Facebook group where we will share reading goals and conversations leading up to the main event.

To purchase your copy of the book, please visit our partner at Trident Booksellers and Cafe.

This virtual event begins at 7 PM EDT

More about the author:

Alena Dillon is the author of Mercy House, a Library Journal Best Book of 2020, which has been optioned as a television series produced by Amy Schumer, as well as The Happiest Girl in the World, a Good Morning America pick, and My Body Is A Big Fat Temple, a forthcoming memoir of pregnancy and early parenting. Alena’s work has appeared in publications including LitHubRiver Teeth, Slice MagazineThe Rumpus, and Bustle. She currently teaches creative writing.

Our conversation will be moderated by GBH Reporter, Craig Lemoult.

Connect with us on social with @GBH #BeyondThePage

How it works:

Instead of in-person events, we are doing this event virtually on Zoom Webinar. RSVP for this free virtual event and the link will be emailed to you.

Zoom is free to the public but requires a computer download. You can download Zoom here.

If you already have Zoom, you will not need to download the platform again.


October 21, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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