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Debut novelist Julia Phillips, whose book "Disappearing Earth" was one of five titles shortlisted for the 2019 National Book Award in fiction, hosts a special Zoom Happy Hour on May 4.

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By Nila Do Simon

Originally scheduled to appear at the annual Night of Literary Feasts in early April, author Julia Phillips is now hosting a special Zoom Happy Hour on May 4 at 6 p.m. to benefit the Broward Public Library Foundation.

It’s not every day a debut novelist makes the cut as a finalist for the prestigious National Book Award, but Phillips did just that with the release of Disappearing Earth (Knopf). The story opens with two school-age sisters who go missing in the desolate area of northeastern Russia. The story unfolds over the course of more than a year, during which time a tightknit community moves forward as clues of the shocking abduction are revealed. Phillips, a Fulbright alumna who studied in Russia, beautifully details the plot twists and turns, keeping readers on their toes.

Register for the Zoom Happy Hour with Julia Phillips here.