PROSECCO & PROSE, the second annual early evening reception program presented by Gramercy Books, features acclaimed author, Alex George, and 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. This special ticketed early evening reception will be held at Columbus’s pre-eminent downtown club, The Columbus Club.
Tickets, available through Eventbrite, will be $50 and include an author talk and meet ‘n greet, a glass of Prosecco and hors d’oeuvres, plus a copy of George’s novel which he will sign at the event.
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 the author of A Good American and Setting Free the Kites.