Author Event Author Timothy Schaffert, the critically acclaimed author of The Coffins of Little Hope, will be reading from, discussing and signing copies of his new novel, The Swan Gondola. (added from Barnes & Noble)
Author Event Join us in welcoming local author and UNL Professor, Timothy Schaffert, to our store! Timothy will be signing copies of his latest book, The Swan Gondola. Set against the backdrop of the 1898 Omaha World's Fair, this is a lush, thrilling romantic tale. (added from Barnes & Noble)
Author Event The love story of a ventriloquist named Ferret Skerritt and actress Cecily is set during the 1898 Omaha World's Fair. With the intrigue and enchantment of the midway as well as a rival for her affection, fall in love with Swan Gondola. On Oprah's list! (added from Barnes & Noble)
Please join us for a reading and signing with Timothy Schaffert for The Swan Gondola Wednesday Feb 12, 7:00pm at The Kirkwood Public Library (140 E. Jefferson, 63122) and Thursday Feb 13, 7:00pm at The St. Charles City-County Library (77 Boone Hills Drive, St. Peters 63376) A lush and thrilling romantic fable about two lovers set against the scandalous burlesques, midnight seances, and aerial ballets of the 1898 Omaha World's Fair. On the eve of the 1898 Omaha World's Fair, Ferret Skerritt, ventriloquist by trade, con man by birth, isn't quite sure how it will change him or his city. Omaha still has the marks of a filthy Wild West town, even as it attempts to achieve the grandeur and respectability of nearby Chicago. But when he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop to their love affair. One of a traveling troupe of actors that has descended on the city, Cecily works in the Midway's Chamber of Horrors, where she loses her head hourly on a guillotine playing Marie Antoinette. And after closing, she rushes off, clinging protectively to a mysterious carpetbag, never giving Ferret a second glance. But a moonlit ride on The Swan Gondola, a boat on the lagoon of the New White City, changes everything, and the fair's magic begins to take its effect. From the critically acclaimed author of "The coffins of Little Hope," "The Swan Gondola "is a transporting read, reminiscent of "Water for Elephants "or "The Night Circus." Timothy Schaffert grew up on a farm in Nebraska and now lives in Omaha. He is the author of four previous critically acclaimed novels, which have been among Indie Next Picks and New York Times Editor's Choices. Schaffert teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Copies of Timothy Schaffert's books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. If you are unable to attend the event but would like a signed copy just let us know!
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