Upcoming Event

Rainbow Rowell at The Brattle Theatre


Slow Dance: A Novel


July 24, 2024
6:00 PM ET


Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138


$35.00 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes RAINBOW ROWELL—#1 New York Times bestselling author of Landline, Fangirl, and Eleanor & Park—for a discussion of her novel Slow Dance.


Tickets include admission for one and one hardcover copy of Slow Dance pre-signed by the author.


About Slow Dance

Growing up on the wrong side of Omaha, all Shiloh could think about was getting away. At least she had Cary in the meantime. Cary to put up with her, Cary to make her laugh. Cary at sixteen, built like a stick of gum and driving his mom’s beat-up station wagon. He had it worse than Shiloh did. Only their friendship got Cary through high school and when Shiloh went off to college, he joined the Navy.

That was fourteen years ago. Now Shiloh’s thirty-three and feeling like she never did get away. She’s back living in the same house she grew up in. She’s working in a theater, but not onstage like she’d planned. And she’s divorced, a single mom just like her own mother (minus the revolving door of boyfriends).

When a high school friend invites Shiloh to his wedding, the last thing she wants is to catch up with the old gang. But she buys a new dress, puts on some makeup, and pins a silk flower over her heart, hoping—and also worrying— that she might see Cary, the boy she never realized she loved until he was lost.

Praise for Rainbow Rowell

“Rowell is talented enough to be uncategorizable...Landline belongs to a genre of its very own.” —New York Times

“Rowell pulls off this impossible premise with great charm, and her depictions of the couple’s sweet courtship and their later compromise-filled marriage are equally unsentimental and knowing.” —The New Yorker on Landline

"Her writing swings from profane to profound, but it’s always real and always raw.” —NPR on Eleanor & Park

Masking Policy

Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.

Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She's also the author of Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Attachments.


Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and proceed along Brattle St. Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). The Brattle will be on the left-hand side of the street. The building is shared with Algiers Cafe and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.

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