Denise Kiernan will present The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Denise Kiernan, New York Times Bestselling Author will Present her New Softcover The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home.  This Event is Co-Presented by Rainy Day Books & Mid-Continent Public Library.

ABOUT DENISE KIERNAN:  Denise Kiernan's previous Book, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR Bestseller , and was named one of Amazon's Top 100 Best Books of 2013.  Kiernan has been Published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Reader's Digest, Discover, and many more publications.  She has also worked in Television, serving as Head Writer for ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire during its Emmy Award-Winning 1st Season and producing for media outlets such as ESPN and MSNBC.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  A New York Times Bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail" (The Wall Street Journal), the "intimate and sweeping" (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate--the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door.

The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton.

Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York's best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House. Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness. He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175,000-square-foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area.

When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore--and secure the future of the region and her husband's legacy. This is the fascinating, "soaring and gorgeous" (Karen Abbott) story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, May 09, 2018, at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Mid-Continent Public Library, Woodneath Library Center, The Story Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64157

EVENT FORMAT: Denise Kiernan, New York Times Bestselling Author will Present her New Softcover The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home and answer audience questions.  A Meet & Greet Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  Denise Kiernan will Author Autograph her Books that are purchased at Rainy Day Books and at our Author Event.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required at www.MyMCPL.org/Events/Speaker-Series or Call the Library at 816-883-4900.  Rainy Day Books will have Denise Kiernan's Books for Sale at this Event.  Seating is General Admission.

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 accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Mid-Continent Public Library, Woodneath Library Center, The Story Center
8900 NE Flintlock Road
Kansas City, MO 64157

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Softcover copy of The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan.


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