Council Literary Series with Lian Dolan

Council Literary Series with Lian Dolan

Council Literary Series with Lian Dolan

Monday, May 20 at 11:00 AM
The California Club

11:00 AM | Reception
11:30 AM | Author Program
12:30 PM | Lunch and Book Signing

In the enticing latest from Dolan, The Marriage Sabbatical, a married couple takes a nine-month break from each other in search of self-fulfillment. Jason Elswick, 50, is about to begin a yearlong sabbatical from his book publishing company. His wife Nicole really wants to enroll in a silversmithing program in Santa Fe while he is away. With both of their kids studying abroad for college, Jason and Nicole agree to pursue their own interests and follow the 500 Mile Rule practiced by their neighbors, which permits them to explore other partners when they’re at least 500 miles from home. Jason and Nicole hope their plans will lead to a “midlife triumph” rather than provide further evidence of their midlife crises, and Dolan treats her characters with respect as they negotiate the limits of their ambitions. There are plenty of surprises along the way, including the couple’s unique riff on the 500 Mile Rule.

Our Guest Writer:

Lian Dolan

Lian Dolan is a writer and talker. She’s the author of five best-selling novels, including her latest, The Marriage Sabbatical. Her other books are Lost and Found in Paris, The Sweeney Sisters, Helen of Pasadena, and Elizabeth the First Wife. She’s written regular columns for O, The Oprah Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, and Working Mother Magazine. She’s also written for TV, radio, and websites.

Lian is the creator and host of Satellite Sisters, the podcast and online community for women created in 2001. Satellite Sisters has won thirteen Gracie Awards for Excellence in Women’s Media. In 2017, Lian was honored as a Podcast Pioneer by ShePodcasts.

A speaker who combines humor and heart, Lian has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, and many local TV stations. She’s been a featured speaker at the LA Times Festival of Books, the Santa Barbara Celebrity Authors Lunch, the Literary Guild of Orange County Festival of Women Authors, and dozens of other events at libraries, bookstores, schools, and women’s organizations across the country.

Lian graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Classics. She lives in Pasadena, California with her husband, two adult sons, and a senior German shepherd.


Complimentary valet parking is provided.

The reception will begin at 11:00 AM and the author program will begin promptly at 11:30 AM.

Yes, copies of The Marriage Sabbatical will be available for purchase.

Yes, the author will be available to personalize your book.