Upcoming Events

Sun. April 11th at 7 p.m. EST

FUMFA Poets and Writers Live on Facebook (virtual)

Tues. April 20th at 7 p.m. EST


Join Alena for the launch of her second novel, at this VIRTUAL event in conversation with sports journalist and author Blythe Lawrence. Purchase a ticket here, which includes a signed copy of The Happiest Girl in the World.

Sun. April 25th at 9 a.m.

Newburyport Literary Festival (virtual)

in conversation with Joanne Serling

Tues. April 27 at 7 p.m.

Copper Dog Books (virtual)

in conversation with Meghan MacLean Weir

Wed. June 30 at 7 p.m.

Langley-Adams Public Library

Groveland, MA (virtual)

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Videos of Past Events

Alena Dillon in Conversation with Alison McGhee

A great discussion between Alena Dillon and Alison McGhee about Alena's book, Mercy House, which is in development as a CBS All Access TV series. This event was originally recorded on November 12th, 2020 and hosted by Belmont Books.

Weller Book Works Virtual Event: Alena Dillon in Conversation with Margo Orlando Littell

This event with two authors chatting about their novels was originally livestreamed on November 30th, 2020.

Editors Unedited: Lucia Macro Interviews Alena Dillon, Author of THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD

On this episode of the Library Love Fest Podcast, Lucia Macro, VP and Executive Editor at William Morrow, interviews Alena Dillon, author of THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, a novel that will be available on April 20, 2021.

Find show notes here:

Newburyport Literary Festival, Mercy House: A Novel

Author Alena Dillon discusses her novel, Mercy House, called “the book we’ve all been waiting for,” by Amy Schumer and a “stirring, fiery debut” by Publishers Weekly. This novel tells the story of Sister Evelyn, a gruff 69-year-old nun who is investigated by the Vatican for breaking church doctrine at her Brooklyn women’s shelter. Evelyn will do anything to protect the residents under her care: confront a gang member, challenge her own beliefs, and even face a bishop with whom she shares a dark history. This story is based on the real Apostolic Visitation conducted in 2010.