Writers Series with Liam Callanan at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery
February 8, 2019
On Saturday, February 23rd at 2:00pm, Partners Village Store and Kitchen is thrilled to welcome author Liam Callanan at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery to celebrate the paperback release of his novel Paris by the Book, “a love letter to reading, writing and all things French.” (Shelf Awareness).
Publisher’s Weekly describes Paris by the Book as “Sublime…Callanan has crafted a beautifully‐drawn portrait of a woman interrupted set among the exquisite magic of Paris, where life frequently imitates art and the ghosts of the past linger just out of site. Book lovers and Paris aficionados will be enthralled.”
To reserve your spot at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery for our 2:00pm event on Saturday, February 23rd, please call Partners Village Store at (508) 636 – 2572 or email [email protected].
Once a week, I chase men who are not my husband . . .
So begins Liam Callanan’s electrifying novel, Paris by the Book, now out in paperback. A spellbinding story of love and loss, discovery and reinvention, Paris by the Book draws readers into a transatlantic literary scavenger hunt, following a woman searching for her missing husband – and the truth about her family – in the City of Light.
Eccentric novelist Robert Eady disappears all the time. A quick night or day away is, he says, an essential part of his writing process. But when he abruptly vanishes one morning without leaving behind his customary goodbye note, his wife Leah knows something is wrong. Alarmed, Leah searches for clues to his whereabouts and finds something unexpected: plane tickets to Paris, the city she and Robert had always dreamed of visiting together. Hoping that Robert might be waiting for his family there, Leah and her two daughters set off for France. What Leah discovers in Paris will change her family’s story forever. An unfinished manuscript, left behind by her husband, seems a sort of literary treasure map—a guide for the Eady women to follow, bringing them closer to Robert. But Robert’s pages lead them, instead, to a small, floundering English‐language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell.
As the women settle into their new Parisian life, they explore the city in the paths of beloved French classics including Madeline and The Red Balloon. But the farther Leah travels into this mystery, the more significant its implications for her life, and for her idea of Paris, reveal themselves to be. Called a “witty mystery adventure” by The San Francisco Chronicle, Paris by the Book is a poignant journey in the footsteps of a woman whose story is being rewritten.
Liam Callanan is a novelist, teacher and journalist, whose first novel, The Cloud Atlas, was a finalist for an Edgar Award. Winner of George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts and Letters, Liam has published in The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle, and has recorded numerous essays for public radio. He’s taught for the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee, and lives in Wisconsin with his wife and daughters.