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Virtual: Bookmarks Presents: A Launch Event with Charlie Lovett
September 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join Bookmarks for Winston-Salem author Charlie Lovett’s book launch of Escaping Dreamland, a novel steeped in the nostalgia of childhood literature and an immersive experience of New York through time. Charlie is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale, and other novels including First Impressions and The Lost Book of the Grail. This event will take place virtually on Crowdcast and will be broadcast live from Bookmarks.
An in-person book signing experience will take place from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Bookmarks. You do not need to RSVP for the signing, you can just come by! We will still adhere to social distancing guidelines and no more than eight people will be allowed in-store at any time. You must wear a mask and follow our safety precautions. You can pick up your pre-ordered copy beginning on Tuesday, or if you selected shipping, we will ship your book out after Charlie signs it.
About Escaping Dreamland:
Robert Parrish’s childhood obsession with series books like the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift inspired him to become an author. Just as his debut novel becomes a bestseller, his relationship with his girlfriend, Rebecca, begins to fall apart. Robert realizes he must confront his secret demons by fulfilling a youthful promise to solve a mystery surrounding his favorite series–the Tremendous Trio.
Guided by twelve tattered books and an unidentified but tantalizing fragment of a story, Robert journeys into the history of the books that changed his life, hoping they can help him once again. His odyssey takes him to 1906 Manhattan, a time of steamboats, boot blacks, and Fifth Avenue mansions, but every discovery he makes only leads to more questions.
Robert’s quest intertwines with the stories of three young people trying to define their places in the world at the dawn of a new and exciting century. Magda, Gene, and Tom not only write the children’s books that Robert will one day love, together they explore the vibrant city on their doorstep, from the Polo Grounds to Coney Island’s Dreamland, drawing the reader into the Gilded Age as their own friendships deepen.
The connections between the authors, their creations, and Robert’s redemptive journey make for a beautifully crafted novel that is an ode to the children’s series books of our past, to New York City, and above all, to the power of love and friendship.