Penguin Bookshop Writers Series: A Conversation with Sara Shepard & Zibby Owens

An Evening with Sara Shepard & Zibby Owens
Celebrating the Release of Safe In My Arms

Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 7:00 PM ET on ZOOM



The Penguin Bookshop Writers Series will host New York Times bestselling author Sara Shepard to celebrate the launch of her newest work, Safe In My Arms! Sara will be joined by Zibby Owens, CEO of Moms Don't Have Time To and host of award-winning podcast Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books, to discuss the book and Sara's writing process. The conversation should last approximately one hour, and will conclude with a Q&A from the audience. This event will be held virtually via Zoom, and advance registration is required.  


Sara Shepard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series. She has also written other young adult series and novels, including The Lying GameThe Heiresses, and The Perfectionists. Sara now lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, sons, and dogs.


Zibby Owens is the CEO of Moms Don't Have Time To, a media company she founded featuring podcasts, publications, and communities. Zibby hosts the award-winning podcast Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books, which was the 2021 People’s Voice Webby Award Winner in 2021. She is the author/editor of the anthology Moms Don't Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology, all proceeds of which go to the Susan Felice Owens Program for Covid-19 Vaccine Research in honor of her late mother-in-law. Named “NYC's Top Book-fluencer" by Vulture and on Oprah's list of top literary podcasts two years in a row, Zibby is a frequent contributor to Good Morning America, The Washington Post, Good Day LA, and other media outlets. She has two children's books forthcoming from Flamingo, a Penguin Random House imprint, and another anthology, Moms Don't Have Time to Have Kids, debuting 11/2/21. Her upcoming memoir, The Book Messenger, was acquired by Little A, an Amazon Publishing imprint, slated for publication in late 2022. Follow Zibby on Instagram @zibbyowens. 


 Andrea, Lauren, and Ronnie—outsiders among the school's manicured and ultra-wealthy community—each arrive at the Silver Swans Welcome Breakfast with secrets to protect. Andrea is running away from a painful and misunderstood past she can’t ever let catch up with her. Lauren is recovering from a postpartum condition her husband has warned her not to disclose. And Ronnie is hiding herself and her daughter from the one man who could destroy their lives forever. 

After the first day of classes, notes appear in their children’s backpacks—notes that indicate someone at the school knows their darkest secrets and wants them and their children out of the school. A few days later, the principal, Piper Jovan, is attacked near her office, and it becomes clear that Silver Swans isn’t as flawless as the brochures would have you believe. Andrea, Lauren and Ronnie, who were all at the school that day, quickly become prime suspects, and they must work together to uncover the school's many secrets, figure out who's trying to frame them, and keep their lives from crashing down around them.



 “A smart and insightful page-turner… a twisty mystery filled with keen observations about the impossibly high standards of motherhood and the critical importance of finding friends willing to accept you as the forgivably flawed person and parent you really are.” —Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and A Good Marriage 

“No one writes about secrets like Sara Shepard! Safe In My Arms is a whopping page-turner of a book, packed with lies, betrayals, and head-spinning twists. I’ll never think about preschools the same way again.” —Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It 

“Taut, smart and twisted, Safe in My Arms is everything I love in a suspense novel, a whip-smart tale of just how far a mother will go to protect her child. All the stars!” —Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Stranger in the Lake 

“Sara Shepard has crafted a twisty, compelling meditation on the long-buried secrets that haunt us, and the ways in which embracing those dark aspects of our pasts can ultimately set us free.” —E.G. Scott, internationally bestselling author of In Case of Emergency


Safe in My Arms Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524746780
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books - July 27th, 2021

Event address: 
Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
Event date: 
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 7:00pm