Chevalier’s Book Talk with “Almost Romance” Author Nancy Balbirer

Writer/Actress Nancy Balbirer, author of “Almost Romance,” will be in conversation with Howard Morris, online Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.


As everyone knows, Valentines’ Day is two weeks away and our beloved bookstore, Chevalier’s Books, is celebrating early with a newly released literary rom-com, “Almost Romance” by actress and writer, Nancy Balbirer.

From the moment they met at NYU in 1983, Nancy and Howie (Howard J. Morris, the co-creator and showrunner of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie”) adored each other. And though they had great chemistry and flirted outrageously, they never dated. Theirs, like the title of the career-launching play Howie wrote for them to star in, was an “Almost Romance.”

Balbirer’s book starts when a mysterious woman summons her to a Russian restaurant in New York City, and the near stranger’s shocking purple hair and even more shocking news send her simultaneously reeling back to her past and hurtling toward a future that, at almost fifty years old, she never dreamed possible. This romantic-comedy memoir tells the true story of how a pack of Hollywood television writers and the denizens of a fabled-but-cursed Manhattan apartment building helped the author and one of her best friends turn a thirty-two-year almost-romance into a real one.

Now that she and Morris are residents of LA’s westside, Balbirer told the Buzz she’s thrilled to be launching her book at Chevalier’s Books with a talk on February 1 at 7 p.m..

“Hancock Park/Larchmont is our dream nabe; I lived there for a few years in the early aughts and as soon as my daughter graduates high school next year, Howie and I will be hightailing it back!” wrote Balbirer. “Lunches at Le Petit Greek; fettuccine at the fantabulous Vernetti’s and perusing Chevalier’s Books, my favorite bookstore, where I used to dream of having a book on their shelves and (pinch me) now I do!”

Balbirer was inspired to write the book after a story on her wedding to Morris, published in the New York Times in 2016, generated so much reaction. So grab a glass of red wine, your favorite chocolates and tune into Balbirer’s conversation with Morris to kick off your Valentine’s celebrations. We heard Balbirer and Morris have created a special video surprise introduction to the talk.

Click here to register for the talk and pre-order a signed copy. It might be a nice Valentine’s Day present for a special someone waiting to reconnect.



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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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