Monday, May 28, 2012

Laura Moriarty's tour dates for The Chaperone

Here are Laura Moriarty's tour dates for The Chaperone. If you're in any of these cities, come by and show your support of Laura and your love of literature and Louise Brooks!  The Chaperone publishes June 5th.

Thursday, June 7
7 p.m.: Talk, Q&A & Signing
St. Louis Public Library – Schlafly Branch
225 N. Euclid
St. Louis, MO 63108
sponsored by Left Bank Books

Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10
Printer’s Row Lit Fest
Talk location & time TBD
Monday, June 11
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093

Tuesday, June 12
6 p.m.: Talk, Q&A & Signing
The Bookworm
8702 Pacific Street
Omaha, NE 68114

Thursday, June 14
6 p.m.: Talk, Q&A & Signing
Watermark Books
4701 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67218

Tuesday, June 19
Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W 47th St
Kansas City, MO 64112
Sponsored by Rainy Day Books

Friday, June 22
5:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception, Talk, Q&A & Signing
7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Monday, June 25
7 p.m.: Talk, Q&A & Signing (intro by Thomas Gladysz of the Louise Brooks Society)
A Great Good Place for Books
6120 La Salle Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

Tuesday, June 26
7 p.m.: Talk, Q&A & Signing
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

Wednesday, June 27
2 p.m.: Tea Reception, Talk, Q&A & Signing
Towne Center Books
555 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566

7 p.m.: Talk, Q&A & Signing
Rakestraw Books
522 Hartz Avenue
Danville, CA 94526

Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15
Iowa City Book Festival
University of Iowa
Talk location & time TBD

"The Chaperone is the enthralling story of two women . . . and how their unlikely relationship changed their lives. . . . In this layered and inventive story, Moriarty raises profound questions about family, sexuality, history, and whether it is luck or will—or a sturdy combination of the two—that makes for a wonderful life."—O, The Oprah Magazine

"In her new novel, The Chaperone, Laura Morirty treats this golden age with an evocative look at the early life of silent-film icon Louise Brooks, who in 1922 leaves Wichita, Kansas, for New York City in the company of 36-year-old chaperone, Cora Carlisle. . . . A mesmerizing take on women in this piviotal era."—Vogue

"Laura Moriarty weaves a compelling story."—The Christian Science Monitor

“It’s impossible not to be completely drawn in by The Chaperone. Laura Moriarty has delivered the richest and realest possible heroine in Cora Carlisle, a Wichita housewife who has her mind and heart blown wide open, and steps—with uncommon courage—into the fullness of her life. What a beautiful book. I loved every page.”—Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

“What a charming, mesmerizing, transporting novel! The characters are so fully realized that I felt I was right there alongside them. A beautiful clarity marks both the style and structure of The Chaperone.”—Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and Adam & Eve

The Chaperone is the best kind of historical fiction, transporting you to another time and place, but even more importantly delivering a poignant story about people so real, you'll miss and remember them long after you close the book.”—Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers


  1. Ms. Moriarty will also be appearing at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, KS, on Monday June 18:

  2. "The Chaperone" follows Cora Carlisle as she volunteers to chaperone a young Louise Brooks to New York City in the summer of 1922 where she has landed a place in the prestigious Denishawn dance school. Cora is a married thirty-six year old with twin sons, she see this trip as an opportunity to investigate her past and her origins. Only her husband knows of her orphan past and that she has no idea who her parents are. Louise Brooks is fifteen years old, her career is started in New York City and she later becomes a silent film star. Incidentally, Brooks is not a fictional character, she was a very popular and talented silent film actress from the 20's and 30's. As these characters lives are changed that summer and the repercussions afterward they are surrounded by the changing times.

  3. If you would like to experience a little of the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest. Check out to watch our monthly "Authors Showcase" program. The July and August episodes are dedicated to the Chicago Lit Fest 2012. Find new books and authors. See what you missed or review the fun you had.


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