Laura Moriarty Book Signing

06/18/2013 7:00 pm

A New York Times bestseller and USA Today's #1 Hot Fiction Pick for the summer, The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both.

Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. 

Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she's in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.

Moriarty comes to the Highland Inn Ballroom on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m., where she will read from, discuss, and sign copies of her book. The event is free and open to the public. The Highland Inn is located at 644 N. Highland Ave, between North Ave. and Ponce de Leon.  


Laura Moriarty

Moriarty earned a degree in social work before returning for her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and is now a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and is at work on her next novel.


Praise for The Chaperone: 

"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 

"In The Chaperone, Moriarty gives us a historically detailed and nuanced portrayal of the social upheaval that spilled into every corner of American life by 1922. . . . [An] inventive and lovely Jazz Age story." --Washington Post  

"Captivating and wise." --Newsday






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