About Happier Hours Literary Salons


Happier Hours Literary Salons are private, invitation-only literary salons featuring authors and their books in an intimate, conversation and connection rich setting. Part cocktail soiree, part literary discussion, each salon brings together interested and interesting book-loving women from the New York City and Los Angeles areas. To be personally introduced to highly-curated and compelling contemporary writers and their winning works of fiction and non-fiction, and to join the growing Happier Hours community, click here to learn more about in-person and virtual membership opportunities. 

In this increasingly digital world, opportunities for enriching face-to-face connection are all to rare. Happier Hours Literary Salons provide a chance for new and seasoned authors of diverse fiction and non-fiction books to genuinely connect with their readers and for thoughtful women to press pause on busy lives and spend an evening engaged in intellectually-sating discussions about good books and big ideas. We all lead busy, responsibility-laden lives, but we owe it to ourselves to carve out time to converse, connect and be inspired. Doing these things makes us happier.


The People

Aidan Donnelley Rowley, Founder & Curator • New York City


Aidan Donnelley Rowley is an attorney-turned-author who founded Happier Hours in 2010 before publishing her first novel Life After Yes. An academic romantic, Aidan longed for the theoretical depths of her seminar days at Yale and Columbia Law and started hosting book salons in her home as a way to connect with and promote fellow authors and to commune with other book-lovers in her hometown of New York City. Since its inception, Aidan has hosted more than thirty authors while raising her three young daughters - affectionately dubbed the Rowlets - and continuing to blog regularly and write books. Aidan’s second novel The Ramblers will be published by William Morrow in February 2016. She is represented by Brettne Bloom of The Book Group. 

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Claire Bidwell Smith, Curator • Los Angeles


Claire Bidwell Smith is the author of two books of nonfiction: The 2012 memoir The Rules of Inheritance, which has been published in 17 countries and is currently being adapted for film, and  After This (Penguin, 2015). She teaches numerous workshops around the country and has written for various publications including The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Slate, Chicago Public Radio, The Guardian and BlackBook Magazine. She is a therapist specializing in grief and lives in Los Angeles with her two young daughters. Claire is represented by Wendy Sherman.  www.clairebidwellsmith.com

Jillian Lauren, Curator • Los Angeles 



Jillian Lauren (West Coast curator) is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel, Pretty. Some Girls has been translated into eighteen different languages. Her recent memoir, Everything You Ever Wanted, is coming out from Plume/Penguin in May 2015. Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle and Salon, among others. She is a regular storyteller on The Moth. Jillian blogs about motherhood and writing and whatever else she feels like at www.jillianlauren.com. Jillian is represented by ___.