EVENT OVERVIEW: The Story Center Speaker Series Presents: The Voices in Our Heads; a conversation on character. Authors Laura McBride and Camille Perri will appear In Conversation about their work and the characters they’ve pulled from imagination to seeming-reality. Co-sponsored by Rainy Day Books and Mid-Continent Public Library.
ABOUT LAURA MCBRIDE: Laura McBride is the author of the New York Times bestseller, We Are Called To Rise. Also a writer’s advocate, McBride regularly teaches on character development. She lives in Las Vegas and teaches composition at the College of Southern Nevada.
ABOUT ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT: a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub. Spanning the six decades when Las Vegas grew from a dusty gambling town into the melting pot metropolis it is today, 'Round Midnight is the story of four women--one who falls in love, one who gets lucky, one whose heart is broken, and one who chooses happiness--whose lives change at the Midnight Room. June Stein and her husband open the El Capitan casino in the 1950s, and rocket to success after hiring a charismatic black singer to anchor their nightclub. Their fast-paced lifestyle runs aground as racial tensions mount. Honorata leaves the Philippines as a mail order bride to a Chicago businessman, then hits a jackpot at the Midnight Room when he takes her on a weekend trip to Las Vegas. Engracia, a Mexican immigrant whose lucky find at the Midnight Room leads to heartbreak, becomes enmeshed in Honorata's secret when she opens her employer's door to that Chicago businessman--and his gun. And then there is Coral, an African-American teacher who struggles with her own mysterious past. A favor for Honorata takes her to the Midnight Room, where she hits a jackpot of another kind. Mining the rich territory of motherhood and community, 'Round Midnight is a story that mirrors the social transformation of our nation. Full of passion, heartbreak, heroism, longing, and suspense, it honors the reality of women's lives.
ABOUT CAMILLE PERRI: Camille Perri is the author of The Assistants. She has worked as a books editor for Cosmopolitan and Esquire. She has also been a ghostwriter of young-adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from New York University and a master of library science degree from Queens College. Perri wrote the first draft of The Assistants while working as the assistant to the editor-in-chief of Esquire.
ABOUT THE ASSISTANTS: Rule #1: All important men have assistants. Rule #2: Men rule the world. Still. Rule #3: There is enough money. There is so much money. Tina Fontana is a thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She's excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss but after six years of making reservations and pouring drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, the glamour of working for a media company in New York has completely faded, but her student loan debt has not. When a technical error with Robert's expense report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her loans with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she hesitates. She's always played by the rules, but this would be a life-changer. As Tina begins to fall down the rabbit hole of her morally questionable plan, other assistants with crushing debt and fewer scruples approach her to say that they want in. Before she knows it, she's at the forefront of a movement that has implications far beyond what anyone anticipated. Featuring an eclectic clan of coconspirators, a love interest far too handsome to be trusted, and a razor-sharp voice full of wry humor, The Assistants is a rallying cry for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid women who are asking themselves, How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM
LOCATION: A Rainy Day Books Event at Woodneath Library Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Rd, Kansas City, MO 64157
EVENT FORMAT: Authors Laura McBride and Camille Perri will appear In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, owner of Rainy Day Books. A book signing follows the discussion.
ADMISSION PACKAGE: This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event. Registration is Required. Visit www.MyMCPL.org/Events to register or Call the Library at 816-883-4900. Seating is General Admission.. Rainy Day Books will have Laura McBride and Camille Perri’s books for sale at this event.
DISCLAIMER: All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable. Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination. Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books. Additional Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.
AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Hardcover copy of 'Round Midnight by Laura McBride.
AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Hardcover copy of The Assistants by Camille Perri.