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08/22/2012 7:00 pm
About the Author:
Katherine Howe will receive her PhD in American and New England Studies from Boston University in 2012. Her debut novel, THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE, was a New York Times bestseller. She has appeared on Good Morning America and was featured in a National Geographic television special on the Salem witch trials. She lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, where she is a visiting lecturer in American Studies at Cornell University.
Beginning onboard the fateful voyage of the famous ocean liner (this April 15th marks the 100th anniversary of its sinking), THE HOUSE OF VELVET AND GLASS is the entrancing story of the Allston family—weaving together past, present, and beyond the grave—that takes place on that infamous ship, in colonial Shanghai, and in Boston in the years following the Titanic’s sinking, at the turn of a remarkable American century that saw it rise as a world power.
Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and younger sister on the Titanic a few years prior, Sibyl Allston turns to the occult, seeking to communicate with her lost relatives through a local medium. Her days of quiet grief and spinsterhood (she is, after all, 27 years old) are disrupted by the unexpected return to Boston of her brother under suspicious circumstances, as well as the reappearance of Benton Derby, the man who Sibyl once loved—and might still. Soon, Sibyl and Benton are drawn into a hunt to solve a mystery and uncover a shocking truth about her family and her father’s past—a truth with a horrifying connection to the sinking of the Titanic.
From the 1915 opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown to the salons of high society, from the back alleys of nineteenth-century Shanghai, to the opulent libraries of Harvard, THE HOUSE OF VELVET AND GLASS weaves together vivid historical detail and a compelling romance, culminating in a surprising twist that will thrill readers who loved and supported THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE and made it a bestseller.
What: Katherine Howe will discuss and sign THE HOUSE OF VELVET AND GLASS, her newest novel.
When: Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079
Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet Katherine Howe for book personalization, please purchase THE HOUSE OF VELVET AND GLASS from Blue Willow Bookshop.
A limited number of autographed copies of Katherine’s books will be available for purchase after the event. If you cannot attend the event, but would like a personalized copy of the book, please call us before the event at (281) 497-8675.
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