You're Invited! On Friday, April 15, 2016, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., HarperCollins Publishers invites you to join us for a party at the Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley to celebrate Kathleen Tessaro's new novel, Rare Objects.
Jazz • Cocktails • Hors d'oeuvres
Bring a friend, or a few, and join us at
417 Beaver Street, Sewickley, PA 15143
R.S.V.P at firstname.lastname@example.org or by joining the event on Facebook.
More info at www.kathleentessaro.com
About Rare Objects
In Depression-era Boston, a city divided by privilege and poverty, two unlikely friends are bound by a dangerous secret in this mesmerizing work of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfume Collector.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kathleen attended the University of Pittsburgh before entering the drama program of Carnegie Mellon University. In the middle of her sophomore year, she went to study in London for three months and stayed for the next twenty-three years. She began writing at the suggestion of a friend and was an early member of the Wimpole Street Writer’s Workshop. Her debut novel, Elegance, became a bestseller in hardback and paperback. All of Kathleen's novels including Innocence, The Flirt, The Debutante, The Perfume Collector, and most recently, Rare Objects, have been translated into many languages and sold all over the world. She returned to Pittsburgh in 2009, where she now lives with her husband and son.
Jill Schary Robinson hosted a reading by writers from her Wimpole Street workshop at Beyond Baroque in Venice on January 23, 2016.
Shirley Sacks' book, THE FABLISS LIFE OF BELLA MELLMAN, arrived yesterday at a tea party, produced by the writer Valerie Woods, at the legendary Culver Hotel. Ms. Woods' BooksEndependent published the book, with Sacks' witty drawings, which catch the charm and flair of her character's voice. When Ms. Sacks read, the crowd (at least 100 people) laughed and fell in love. (The book IS HERE on Amazon!!) Shirley is one of the first of The Coast's Wimpole Street Writers, a London group I formed in the late 20th C.
I have never been to a better book party. Ms. Woods is a first-rate inventive publisher, providing charming ivory canvas carrying bags for each book featuring one of Shirley’s drawings.
The afternoon not only presented Shirley's sharp, wise original novel, but drew a gathering of serious writers and artists, sipping tea, eating simple tarts, berries, nuts, and snap peas.
The setting captured the reflective mood of our time, and caught the tone of classic Los Angeles—Laura Andrew's fedora, Sallie Green's sleek blonde bob, Drew's velvet blazer—and Shirley's radiant Art Nouveau glamor, not to mention Laurie Lipton's black and white Oxford shoes.
L.A. knows quite well how to put On the Look, and serve a tea fit for Buckingham Palace, not to mention Wimpole Street. We celebrated Shirley's book—A TRULY WISE and spirited guide to living NOW and preserving attitude, grace, and the notion of family in this era of techno detachment.
The dark wood lobby had the feel of a 1930s screenwriter’s “library,” with the soft sunlight, chairs, sofas, and what once we’d called tea tables. We celebrated Shirley. And then we talked, as the World was trying to do, about where we go from here, about what we might do to help, and what we must write. But then, this is what writers do from the beginning of time.
These basic things are absolutely true:
- We are designed to be writers. When you think you cannot write, turn on music you love. Sit down. Pick up a pen or a pencil. Our brains are the trail to our hands. You’ll feel the action, the right rhythm for each word, each sentence in your hands. You will write.
- When you cannot find a character, write the character a letter, and the character will answer you.
- When you don’t know what to write next, look around your desk. Start describing some object. Your imagination will reference that paperweight, picture or old pile of Post-its to some scene and a story will come.
- When you’re wrestling with a plot, write your questions about motives, plot, emotions in the journal by your bed. This is a dream journal. You will wake up from a dream with the answers. Write the dream down fast. You’ll be surprised. This works.
- Place your characters in a scene. Like an architect’s blueprint: know how far they are from the windows; does the sun catch the side of her face? Can he see that old Jaguar rumble into the driveway? Know where the chairs are in the room; the pictures, which reminds someone of a lost moment. For a tense party scene draw a map of where everyone is. And always say what they are eating.
- Show us your character’s expressions, gestures, faces, hands. How clothes fit and move; tell us how the people, the room, the garden and the canyon smell and sound.