Montclair Public Library Presents Tom Perrotta in Conversation with Elisabeth Egan “Tracy Flick Can’t Win”

Montclair, NJ – Montclair Public Library will be hosting bestselling novelist Tom Perrotta in conversation with Elisabeth Egan of The New York Times Book Review, Sunday, June 12, at 4 p.m. They will be discussing “Tracy Flick Can’t Win,” Perrotta’s long-awaited sequel to “Election,” which was adapted as a classic feature film with Reese Witherspoon as the central character.

Date: June 12, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration (in-person and Zoom options available)

Location: Central Presbyterian Church, 40 Park Street in Montclair


Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of nine works of fiction, including “Election” and “Little Children,” both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and “The Leftovers,” which was adapted into a critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning HBO series. His most recent book was “Mrs. Fletcher.” His work has been translated into a multitude of languages. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and lives outside of Boston.

“Tracy Flick Can’t Win” will be published on June 7, and is already receiving much attention. Tracy Flick is back and, once again, the iconic protagonist of Tom Perrotta’s “Election”—and Reese Witherspoon’s character from the classic movie adaptation—is determined to take high school politics by storm, this time as candidate for principal. The new sequel also reviews events from the past through a new lens, including the #MeToo movement.

“The heroine of Perrotta’s “Election” returns in this sharp and perfectly executed story of frustrated ambition…This is the rare sequel that lives up to the original.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Elisabeth Egan is an editor at the New York Times Book Review, the author of her own very well received novel, “A Window Opens,” and a member of the Open Book / Open Mind advisory committee.

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