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Laura Harrington

Award-winning Playwright and Author of Alice Bliss


Laura Harrington, award-winning playwright, lyricist, and librettist, and winner of the 2008 Kleban Award for “most promising librettist in American Musical Theatre,” has written dozens of plays, musicals, operas, and radio plays which have been produced in twenty-eight states, Canada, and Europe, in venues ranging from off Broadway to Houston Grand Opera to the Cinémathèque Française.

Harrington has twice won both the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Playwriting and the Clauder Competition for Best New Play in New England. Additional awards include a Boston IRNE Award for Best New Play, a Bunting Institute Fellowship at Harvard/Radcliffe, a Whiting Foundation Grant-in-Aid, the Joseph Kesselring Award for Drama, a New England Emmy, and a Cinémathèque QuébécoiseAward.

Laura teaches playwriting at MIT, where she was awarded the 2009 Levitan Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She has also been a frequent guest artist at Tufts, Harvard, Wellesley, Skidmore, and the University of Iowa.

Alice Bliss, her first novel, published by Pamela Dorman Books at Viking/Penguin, has been widely acclaimed in print and online reviews. Alice Bliss is a “People Pick” with 4 out of 4 stars, has been chosen as one of “The Best New Reads of the Summer” by Entertainment Weekly, and has been selected for the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” program. Foreign rights for Alice Bliss have been sold in the UK, Italy, and Denmark.

Speaking Topics

  • Alice Bliss
  • Writing About War
  • The War at Home
  • From Stage to Page: One Writer's Journey from Writing Plays to Writing Novels
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Alice Bliss

"I put down this book and thought, there is no one like this girl, so fully has Harrington brought a new Alice to life. The great sorrow, of course, is that there are many Alice Blisses out there. The power of Harrington's richly delineated novel lies in putting a girl like Alice before us and asking us to remember how many beautiful, feisty others are staring down the long hall of adulthood with a father or a mother gone to war."

– Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress

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