Little Pieces of Hope
Wed., Oct. 13, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online
In conversation with Mary Laura Philpott
An enchanting collection of lists, musings, prompts, and illustrations that will inspire you to cherish all of the things—from the extraordinary to the everyday, from the big to the little—that bring hope into our lives
On March 11, 2020, the day the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic and all of our lives began to change in unprecedented ways, Todd Doughty knew he needed to do something to help him stay connected to the everyday joys of daily life. So he wrote down a list of things that make him happy: The musical intro to “All Things Considered.” Someone forgiving you. Someone believing in you. Your foot sticking out from under a blanket in order to find the cool spot. Freshly cut yellow tulips. A really good burger.
Many, many lists later, Little Pieces of Hope pulls together the best of Doughty's lists along with never-before-seen entries, essays, musings, prompts, quotes, and playlists that offer solace, connection, and a daily touchstone of joy in a difficult world.
A beautiful keepsake full of gorgeous illustrations, Little Pieces of Hope is brimming with the pleasures of life, inspiring readers to look for and celebrate the good things that surround us.
Todd Doughty is currently SVP, deputy publisher of Doubleday and has worked at Penguin Random House for more than two decades. A graduate of Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) and former bookseller, he lives with his partner in Westchester County, New York.
Mary Laura Philpott is the author of the national bestseller I Miss You When I Blink, which was named one of NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019, a Best Book of the Year by Esquire and Real Simple, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and #1 on the Indie Next List by booksellers nationwide. Her writing has been featured frequently by The New York Times and also appears in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Paris Review Daily, The Oprah Magazine, and other publications. Additionally, Mary Laura is a former bookseller and was for several years an Emmy-winning co-host of A Word on Words, the literary interview program on Nashville Public Television. Her next book, the memoir Bomb Shelter, will be published in April 2022. Mary Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.
Todd Doughty photo by Michael Lionstar; Mary Laura Philpott photo by Heidi Ross