Zoom Event: Lisa Wingate, The Book of Lost Friends
Join BookTowne and The Brielle Public Library on Zoom for our rescheduled Event with Lisa Wingate (Before We Were Yours) discussing her book The Book of Lost Friends!
Date: Thursday July 9th
Time: 6:30 PM
Tickets: $35, includes hardcover copy of The Book of Lost Friends and the Zoom link and password for event access! Click "add to cart" at the bottom of this page.
*Note: This is the rescheduled date for our Lisa Wingate event which was set to take place in April. If you purchased tickets for that event, your name is already on the guest list and you do not need to register again. If you would like to confirm with us that you are on the list, send an email to Jenna@booktowne.com *
About the Book:
Lisa Wingate’s distinctive voice and characters are known for bringing readers together over forgotten tales and untold stories, as they did in her #1 New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours. Inspired by historical events, her new novel The Book of Lost Friends brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South, as freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones.
Louisiana, 1875: In the tumultuous aftermath of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest: Lavinia, the pampered heir to a now-destitute plantation; Juneau Jane, her illegitimate free-born Creole half-sister; and Hannie, Lavinia's former slave. Each carries private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas, following dangerous roads rife with ruthless vigilantes and soldiers still fighting a war lost a decade before. For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and eight siblings before slavery's end, the pilgrimage westward reignites an agonizing question: Could her long-lost family still be out there? Beyond the swamps lie the seemingly limitless frontiers of Texas and, improbably, hope.
Louisiana, 1987: For first-year teacher Benedetta Silva, a subsidized job at a poor rural school seems like the ticket to canceling her hefty student debt--until she lands in Augustine, Louisiana. The tiny, out-of-step Mississippi River town seems suspicious of new ideas and new people, and Benny can hardly comprehend the lives of her poverty-stricken students. But amid the gnarled live oaks and run-down plantation homes lies the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.
About the Author:
Lisa Wingate is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours, which remained on the bestseller list for fifty-four weeks in hardcover and has sold over 2 million copies. She has penned over thirty novels and coauthored a nonfiction book, Before and After with Judy Christie. Her award-winning works have been selected for state and community One Book reads throughout the country, have been published in over forty languages, and have appeared on bestseller lists worldwide. The group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa and six others as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. Booklist summed up her work by saying, “Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller.” She lives with her husband in North Texas. More information about her novels can be found at www.lisawingate.com where you can also sign up for her e-newsletter and follow her on social media.
Tickets include hardcover copy of The Book of Lost Friends, as well as a Zoom Link and password, which will be emailed out as we get closer to the event!