Jennie Fields and Laura Moriarty together In Conversation for a Book Club Event

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Jennie Fields, Author of The Age of Desire, and Laura Moriarty, Author of The Chaperone join Vivien Jennings, founder and president of Rainy Day Books, In Conversation for a Book Club Evening!

ABOUT JENNIE FIELDS:  Jennie Fields received an MA in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the author of the novels Lily Beach, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, and The Middle Ages.  An Illinois native, she spent twenty-five years as an advertising creative director in New York and currently lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.

ABOUT THE AGE OF DESIRE:  They say behind every great man is a woman.  Behind Edith Wharton, there was Anna Bahlmann, her governess turned literary secretary, and her mothering, nurturing friend.

When at the age of forty-five, Edith falls passionately in love with a dashing younger journalist, Morton Fullerton, and is at last opened to the world of the sensual, it threatens everything certain in her life but especially her abiding friendship with Anna.  As Edith’s marriage crumbles and Anna’s disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong bond, the women must face the fragility at the heart of all friendships.

Told through the points of view of both women, The Age of Desire takes us on a vivid journey through Wharton’s early Gilded Age world: Paris with its glamorous literary salons and dark secret cafés, the Whartons’ elegant house in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Henry James’s manse in Rye, England. Edith’s real letters and intimate diary entries are woven throughout the book.

The Age of Desire brings to life one of literature’s most beloved writers, whose own story was as complex and nuanced as that of any of the heroines she created.

ABOUT LAURA MORIARTY:  Laura Moriarty is the author of The Center of Everything, The Rest of Her Life and While I’m Falling.  She was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and is now a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas.  She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

ABOUT THE CHAPERONE:  A captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both.  Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York.  Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend.  

Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.  She has no idea what she’s in for: Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous blunt bangs and black bob, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention.  Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever.  For Cora, New York holds the promise of discovery that might prove an answer to the question at the center of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in a strange and bustling city, she embarks on her own mission.  And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, it liberates her in a way she could not have imagined.  Over the course of the summer, Cora’s eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive..

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $16.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Softcover of The Age of Desire or The Chaperone, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket, and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same price.  Order an Admission Package using the links below.  If you'd like to pick up your Order at the door of this Event, choose In-Store Pick-Up as your shipping option and add in the Notes field that you'd like At-Event Pick-Up.  Your Order will be taken to the Event Location and held under your name at Will Call.  The cut-off time for online ordering is 2:00 PM on the day of the Event.

EVENT FORMAT:  Jennie Fields and Laura Moriarty will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings and discuss their New Books and answer audience questons.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

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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: 
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza
707 W 47th Street
64112 Kansas City
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