West Seattle writer Nicole Hardy’s new book now on sale; local reading ahead

In early 2011, we mentioned the big buzz West Seattle writer Nicole Hardy was getting for an essay published by the New York Times – so big, an agent and book deal followed. Two and a half years later, that book has just gone on sale, and Hardy is preparing for appearances including its launch party and, next month, a hometown reading. Her book, officially released Tuesday, is titled “Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin“; like her now-renowned essay, Hardy’s book is a first-person account of what it’s like to be a single Mormon woman without marriage and motherhood on the horizon, and without being particularly desperate to change that, despite the traditions, teachings, and pressures of her faith community.

In addition to her acclaimed writing, which includes two collections of poetry as well as her newly published memoir, you might know Hardy from her work at West Seattle restaurants Circa and Ma’ono. But right now, her writing is in the spotlight, with 2 months of readings ahead, and this Friday night, her official book-launch party is happening at Hugo House on Capitol Hill, 6:30 pm (details on the Hugo House website – and/or RSVP via Facebook). And she now has a West Seattle reading/signing in the works, too – Twilight Gallery in The Junction, which has been offering an increasing number of literary events lately, will host Hardy on Thursday, September 26th, at 7 pm.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: The author notes this morning in a comment below that her book is arriving TODAY at West Seattle’s only new-books outlet, Westwood Village Barnes & Noble.

9 Replies to "West Seattle writer Nicole Hardy's new book now on sale; local reading ahead"

  • Bill August 21, 2013 (8:31 pm)

    Congrats Nicole! Can’t wait to read your book.

  • Diner August 22, 2013 (6:18 am)

    I was surprised to learn the day the book hit the shelves that the Westwood Village Barnes & Noble had no copies on hand and no plans to carry the book. I informed staff that Nicole is a West Seattle local and that it would be appropriate to stock the book, which happens to be excellent.

  • Nicole August 22, 2013 (7:27 am)

    Westwood B&N gets their order in today (Thursday)! I’ll be in later this afternoon to sign a few copies. Thanks, WSB, for the shout out.

  • Melissa August 22, 2013 (9:51 am)

    West Seattle girl makes good! Way to go, Nicole! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  • D August 22, 2013 (10:02 am)

    I just loved your essay and can’t wait to read your book. Congratulations!

  • Nicole August 22, 2013 (10:34 am)

    It may not be available until this evening, I just heard. But it’s making its way to wonderful West Seattle. If anyone has an urgent need it’s stocked downtown at Elliot Bay Books and B&N. Thanks for your support, neighbors.

  • Nichole August 22, 2013 (4:26 pm)

    At Barnes and noble now…no copies till tomorrow :(

  • nichole August 22, 2013 (8:24 pm)

    Got it on my kindle :-)

  • skeeter August 23, 2013 (8:51 am)

    82 holds on the Seattle Public Library copies. Well done Nicole!

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