When Nora McInerny released her first book, It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too), she gave readers a look inside the roller-coaster ride of emotions she experienced while meeting, falling in love with, and ultimately losing her husband to cancer. Since then, she’s remarried, had another baby, helped people through her nonprofit, Still Kickin’, and created a podcast, Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Now she’s getting ready to celebrate the release of her sophomore book, No Happy Endings, with a big party at the Parkway Theater. But just because she’s moved forward in her life doesn’t mean that she’s shut the door on her past. “It’s easy for people to look at me and say, ‘That terrible thing that happened is over!’ But what they don’t realize is that it’s just life after life. It’s rebuilding after life falls apart, and it’s a never-ending process.” Balancing the love and joy of her present with the pain of her past was the motivation for this book, which McInerny says is less of a sequel and more of a new story. “It stands on its own,” she explains. “If you read the first book, you’ll know some of the characters, but it’s really a story of its own.” As for the party, it’ll be exactly that—a party. “It’s a reading, it’s a party, it’s a Q&A. It’s going to be comfortable and it’s going to be fun.” In addition, at this event you’ll get your copy of the new book a couple of days before the public, making you the envy of your book club.