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Dear Book Clubs,

Along with the fabulous team at Park Row Books, I've created a downloadable book club kit for clubs who want to chat all things Ben and June! Complete with discussion questions, a "behind the book" feature, themed recipes, and a Spotify playlist, I hope our kit makes your club's meeting one to remember. Please note that the kit does contain major spoilers, so download at your own risk!

Happy clubbing,
Alex

PS - I'm always happy to connect with fellow readers! If you'd like to request a virtual author visit to your book club in the US, please contact Lia Ferrone at Lia.Ferrone@harpercollins.com. For clubs in CA, please contact Lisa Winstanley at Lisa.Winstanley@harpercollins.com.

The Menu

Michelle Maxwell’s Potluck-Inspired
Bruschetta with Goat Cheese

12 oz. cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup balsamic reduction

1 fresh loaf of bread, sliced, or your cracker of choice

1/2 cup fresh basil, chiffoned

8 oz. goat cheese, softened

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or granules

 

Preparation

 

In a bowl, toss tomatoes with olive oil and salt. 

If using bread, toast the slices. 

In another bowl, add garlic powder to goat cheese. Whip with a fork until smooth.

Spread cheese on bread or crackers, top with tomatoes, fresh basil, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

 

For a more casual serving style, serve whipped goat cheese in a bowl, topped with tomatoes, basil, and balsamic, and enjoy as a dip.

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"The June"

For a glass

 

1.5 oz vodka

4 oz unflavored sparkling water

2 ½ tsp lime juice

2 ½ tsp simple syrup

8-10 fresh mint leaves

5 fresh raspberries for garnish

Lime rounds for garnish. 

For a 32 oz pitcher

 

8 oz vodka

18 oz unflavored sparkling water

2 oz lime juice

2 oz simple syrup

1 bunch of fresh mint leaves

6 oz fresh raspberries for garnish

Lime rounds for garnish.




 

Preparation

Muddle mints leaves in the bottom of a glass or pitcher. 

Drop in ice, add vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup, then mix thoroughly. Finally, pour in the sparkling water, add the raspberries, and stir. 

Garnish glasses with lime rounds and enjoy.
 

To turn the cocktail into a mocktail, replace vodka with the same amount of sparkling water.

The Music

Dear Reader,

 

As a professional dancer, music is a big part of June’s world, and I’ve created “June’s Favorite Playlist” in hopes that it will transport you into it. Some of the songs are inspired by direct passages in the book, like the one on page 173, which reads: “…June would create choreography for one song—usually Lizzo or Beyoncé, but sometimes something more obscure—and then she’d teach it to her students.” Others are songs I imagine Michelle would have played at her famous potlucks, while the last six I chose to mimic the emotional beats of the book’s final act. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the music behind the novel.

 

Happy listening,
Alex