Gramercy Book Club LIVE! on Zoom: Meet Alex George! Discuss his acclaimed novel, The Paris Hours. Facilitated by former Dispatch Arts Editor Nancy Gilson.

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 7:00pm

Gramercy Book Club participants have the opportunity to hear from acclaimed author Alex George during the discussion of his beautifully crafted novel, The Paris Hours. This provocative page-turner is a vivid portrayal of lives intersecting in early twentieth-century Paris, and a surprising story of the city between the wars as it teems with artists, writers, and musicians. Former Columbus Dispatch Arts Editor Nancy Gilson will moderate the group discussion and interview with George.

Registration for this LIVE! book club discussion is on Eventbrite, where you will receive login information and full instructions. A general admission ticket to access the event is $5. A ticket that includes a copy of The Paris Hours waives the fee and is $29.

The Paris Hours explores the brutality of war and its lingering effects. Told over the course of a single day in 1927, The Paris Hours takes four ordinary people whose stories, told together, are as extraordinary as the glorious city they inhabit. Their lives intertwine as each are searching for something they’ve lost.

Camille was the maid of Marcel Proust, and she has a secret: when she was asked to burn her employer’s notebooks, she saved one for herself. Now she is desperate to find it before her betrayal is revealed. Souren, an Armenian refugee, performs puppet shows for children that are nothing like the fairy tales they expect. Lovesick artist Guillaume is down on his luck and running from a debt he cannot repay—but when Gertrude Stein walks into his studio, he wonders if this is the day everything could change. And Jean-Paul is a journalist who tells other people’s stories, because his own is too painful to tell. When the quartet’s paths finally cross in an unforgettable climax, each discovers if they will find what they are looking for.

A native of England, Alex George read law at Oxford University and worked for eight years as a corporate lawyer in London and Paris. He has lived in the Midwest of the United States for the last sixteen years. He is the founder and director of the Unbound Book Festival, and is the owner of Skylark Bookshop, an independent bookstore in downtown Columbia, Missouri. He is also the author of A Good American and Setting Free the Kites.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Miami University and her Master’s in Journalism at The Ohio State University, Nancy Gilson began her career as a general assignment reporter for the Oklahoma Journal in Oklahoma City. She moved into arts reporting after she joined the now defunct Columbus Citizen-Journal in 1980 and she also served as its Arts Editor—arts being a continued focus through the rest of her years with newspapers. She joined the Columbus Dispatch in 1985 and was the Arts Editor until she retired from full-time work four years ago.