A Night with Renee Rosen
November 5, 2014
Last night, I had the pleasure of celebrating Pub Day of Renee Rosen’s newest book What the Lady Wants with the author herself, Renee Rosen. Hosted by The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL, the evening proved to be an entertaining and informative experience (and the fact that they served wine and cheese upped the enjoyment factor for me as well)!
Renee started the evening by providing a short slide show presentation on the history of Marshall Field in Chicago. As I’ve come to expect, her research was evident and extensive. I think you could throw any question at her about this time period, and she would be able to answer it with enthusiasm. I have come to view her as somewhat of an expert in Chicago history. The passion she has for her material enhances the presentation, making you as excited about the time period as she is.
Following the slide show, Rebecca Makkai (author of The Hundred Year House) interviewed Renee. Renee was a gracious interviewee, giving many kudos to Rebecca, and I ended up walking out with Rebecca’s book as well. Rebecca asked some very thought provoking questions – she’s clearly a smart woman and a deep thinker (I’m hoping I don’t have to be that smart to read her books ). I was nervous that Rebecca may have started to give too much of the plot away, but fortunately my memory isn’t stellar so I’m hoping for the best.
To wrap up the evening, Renee autographed her new book for those interested. It was awesome to have the time to chat with her personally (and get a pic – I wasn’t going to post it because I look dreadful, but this post isn’t about me so I’ll get past it). She even asked about my own writing and where I’m at in the process! It was also fun to get some inside scoop on her next book (set in 1950’s Chicago). Renee is a truly delightful and engaging author that I will seek out for events again in the future.
I absolutely loved Renee’s book Dollface, and I started reading What the Lady Wants as soon as I got home last night. Be looking for a review of this one soon!
Have you read What the Lady Wants or any other books by Renee Rosen? Comment below and let me know your impressions!