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A Random House Special Event

Meet Your Summer Reads

May 10, 2019 – 7PM • City Opera House

Meet Your Summer Reads

May 10, 2019 – 7PM
City Opera House

This special Random House event will bring three blockbuster authors on the City Opera House stage for a lively and insightful conversation with guest host Doug Stanton. Doors open at 6 pm with authors mingling with attendees and signing books. 

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THE PUBLIC CAN BUY TICKETS, STARTING JANUARY 11.
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Event Details

Friday May 10, 2019
Traverse City Opera House
7PM // Doors at 6PM
Live Music, Cash Bar, and Morsels Sweet Treats
Stage conversation and Q&A with authors
Post-event book signing

Tickets:

$30/$40  Reserve/Premium Reserved Seating ~  Book Choice: The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg   

$40/$50  Reserve/Premium Reserved Seating ~ Book Choice:  Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts 

$30/$40  Reserve/Premium Reserved Seating ~ Book Choice:  A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer 

Meet the Authors:

ELIZABETH LETTS

Finding Dorothy

“A breathtaking read that will transport you over the rainbow and into the heart of one of America’s most enduring fairy tales and the hardscrabble life that inspired it. …  A dream of a book you’ll want to savor and share!”—Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours

Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse, which won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for research nonfiction, as well as two previous novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning. She lives in southern California.

Finding Dorothy is a richly imagined novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film. The story is told through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud, the daughter of a leading suffragette. It sweeps from the Baum family’s hardscrabble days in South Dakota—which inspired Oz—to the Hollywood film set where Maud first meets a Judy Garland, who would become her unlikely friend

ELIZABETH BERG

The Story of Arthur Truluv

“Elizabeth Berg’s characters jump right off the page and into your heart. I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv.” —Fannie Flagg

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Story of Arthur Truluv, Open House (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. Berg’s work has been published in 30 countries, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She lives in Chicago.

The Story of Arthur Truluv tells the story of Arthur, who every day at lunchtime, visits and talks to his beloved late wife, in his imagination. Then a surprising encounter changes his life. Arthur meets Maddy, a troubled teenager who is avoiding school and wrestling with loneliness and feelings of abandonment. Moved by Arthur’s kindness and his unwillingness to take her teenage bait, Maddy gives him the nickname “Truluv”—and a surprising friendship develops between the two. When Arthur’s nosey neighbor, Lucille, moves into their orbit, the three begin to help one another through heartache and hardships to rediscover a sense of family, and to find again their potential to start anew.

NANCY THAYER

A Nantucket Wedding

“Thayer proves once again that she is a master of the perfect beach read.”—RT Book Reviews

Nancy Thayer is the New York Times bestselling author of A Nantucket Wedding, Secrets in Summer, The Island House, The Guest Cottage, An Island Christmas, Nantucket Sisters, A Nantucket Christmas, Island Girls, Summer Breeze, Heat Wave, Beachcombers, Summer House, Moon Shell Beach, and The Hot Flash Club. She lives on Nantucket and her next novel, Surfside Sisters, will be published in July 2019.

Thayer’s novel A Nantucket Wedding tells the tale of Alison and her doing something she never thought she would. A few years after losing her beloved husband, she is getting married. While placing the finishing touches on her summer nuptials, Alison is anxious to introduce her fiancé, David, to her grown daughters, Felicity and Jane, who have a somewhat distant relationship. But as the summer progresses, it’s anything but smooth sailing. Felicity stumbles upon a terrible secret that could shatter her carefully cultivated world. Jane finds herself under the spell of her soon-to-be stepbrother, Ethan, who is as charming as he is mysterious. And even Alison is surprised (and slightly alarmed) by her new blended family. Revelations, intrigue, resentments—as the Big Day approaches, will the promise of bliss turn out to be a bust?

ABOUT OUR GUEST HOST

Guest Host Doug Stanton is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Odyssey of Echo Company, In Harm’s Way, and Horse Soldiers, which became the 2018 Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie 12 Strong. His writing has appeared in Esquire, Men’s Journal, Outside Magazine, The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, and the Washington Post, among others. He has appeared on the Today Show, Morning Joe, among other major TV and radio outlets. Horse Soldiers was named a New York Times “Notable Book” and chosen as a “Best Book” by Publishers Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com. Stanton is a co-founder of NWS and received an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. In 2018, Stanton was honored by the Detroit News as “Michiganian of The Year.”

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