Louis Bayard In Conversation about his New Hardcover Novel ~ Courting Mr. Lincoln

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Louis Bayard, Prize-Winning Author, will Present his New Hardcover Novel Courting Mr. Lincoln, and be In Conversation with David Von Drehle, Columnist for The Washington Post, and Bestselling Author of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year.  This Event is Co-Presented by Rainy Day Books & The Kansas City Public Library.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book Author and has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger Awards for his Historical Thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy.  His most recent Novel was the critically acclaimed Young Adult (YA) Title Lucky Strikes.  He lives in Washington, DC, and teaches at George Washington University.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  From Louis Bayard, the Prize-Winning Author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye comes Courting Mr. Lincoln, the page-turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the 2 people who loved him best: a sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln's best friend, Joshua Speed.

"A miracle; an exquisite story exquisitely told . . . If you love Jane Austen, or Hamilton, or fiction--of any era--that transports and transforms in equal measure, look no further." ~ A.J. Finn, Bestselling Author of The Woman in the Window

When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one's shortlist to be president.  Rough and reticent, he's a country lawyer lacking money and manners, living above a dry goods shop, but with a gift for oratory.  Mary, a quick, self-possessed debutante with a tireless interest in debates and elections, at first finds him an enigma.  "I can only hope," she tells his roommate, the handsome, charming Joshua Speed, "that his waters being so very still, they also run deep."  It's not long, though, before she sees the Lincoln that Speed knows: a man who, despite his awkwardness, is amiable and profound, with a gentle wit to match his genius and a respect for her keen political mind.  But as her relationship with Lincoln deepens, she must confront his inseparable friendship with Speed, who has taught his roommate how to dance, dress, and navigate the polite society of Springfield.

Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, and rich with historical detail, Courting Mr. Lincoln creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the 2 men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation's most beloved Presidents.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, May 09, 2019, at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at The Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Louis Bayard, Prize-Winning Author, will Present his New Hardcover Novel Courting Mr. Lincoln, and be In Conversation with David Von Drehle, Columnist for The Washington Post, and Bestselling Author of Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year.  A Meet & Greet Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required at www.KCLibrary.org/Signature-Events or Call the Library at 816-701-3407.  Rainy Day Books will have Louis Bayard's Books for Sale at this Event, or you may Pre-Order for In-Store or At-Event Pick-Up through the link below.  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.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

AUTHOR AUTOGRAPHED HARDCOVER: Author Autographed Hardcover of Courting Mr. Lincoln by Louis Bayard.


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