Tickets for this event will be available for purchase at the door, beginning at 6pm!
Thursday, February 15, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis
Join Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books for a special event with Amy Bloom, who will sign and discuss her new historical novel, White Houses, with Jane Ellen Ibur!
An untraditional life and love story, White Houses is inspired by the life of Lorena Hickok, and on her love affair and enduring friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Told from Lorena Hickok’s perspective, this novel is inspired by her life and by her relationship and long-term friendship with beloved Eleanor Roosevelt, the “First Lady of the World”. Hickok was the AP reporter who became “First Friend” and the love of Eleanor’s life. White Houses takes us behind the scenes in the Roosevelt White House, where Lorea lived, and follows Hickok’s life from childhood, and then in tandem with Eleanor’s, the ups and downs of being “First Friend,” through the death of FDR, and finally of Eleanor.
“It seems a minor miracle, what Amy Bloom has done in White Houses. Easily, the most intimate, crackling, and expansive rendering of Eleanor Roosevelt in print, and, more than this, a dizzyingly beautiful tale of what it means to be human, and what it is to love.” —Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
– A $30 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE hardcover copy of White Houses.
– A $35 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE hardcover copy of White Houses and a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy of White Houses at the event.
Tickets available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of White Houses or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event.
Jane Ellen Ibur is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies since 1972. As an arts educator for more than 35 years, she has been lauded for her determination to bring the experience of poetry and creative writing to people of every age, in every imaginable setting, including public schools, jails, museums, residential schools, social service agencies, veterans’ facilities and homeless shelters. Lead faculty for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, she is one of its founders. For 19 years she co-hosted and co-produced Literature for the Halibut on community radio. Ibur is the author of “Both Wings Flappin’, Still Not Flyin’” (2014) and her newest collection of poetry, “The Little Mrs./Misses,” both from PenUltimate Press.