18th November 2021
2nd December 2021
25th February 20211:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Janet Skeslien Charles
Treat yourself to a sociable, interactive lunch hour, while an award-winning writer tells us the story behind the story. Rustle up a delicious lunch, pour yourself something sparkling and relax in great company.
JANET SKESLIEN CHARLES is an award-winning author with over a decade’s worth of roaming the streets of Paris and researching in its libraries. Her debut novel, Moonlight in Odessa, was published in ten languages and was awarded the Melissa Nathan prize and the Completement Livre prize in Strasbourg.
Originally from Montana, as a child she lived on the same street as a French war bride and was fascinated by the war stories of her French professor. Janet began to research The Paris Library when she worked as Programs Manager at the American Library in Paris. Until recently she taught in Paris, where she still lives.
‘A wonderful novel celebrating the power of books and libraries to change people’s lives’ Jill Mansell
‘I devoured The Paris Library in one hungry gulp . . . charming and moving’ Tatiana de Rosnay
Inspired by the true story of librarians who risked their lives during World War 2, this novel shows that heroism can be found in the quietest of places.
PARIS, 1939: Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and her new job at the American Library in Paris − with its thriving community of students, writers and book lovers − is a dream come true. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile and her fellow librarians join the Resistance with the best weapons they have: books.
MONTANA, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager desperate to escape small-town Montana. She grows close to her elderly neighbour Odile, discovering they share the same love of language. But as Lily uncovers more about her neighbour’s mysterious past, she discovers a dark secret, kept closely guarded and long hidden.
At each lunch one compelling award-winning author talks about their book and inspirations, and then answers any questions from the Chair and guests. Previous virtual lunches have featured the award-winning Sophie Hannah, the fantastically indomitable Ruby Wax, the wise and warm Fern Britton and the prolific best seller Louise Candlish. We have welcomed guests from all over the UK as well as much further afield including Switzerland, Singapore and South Africa.
Both authors and guest have found our Virtual Lunch Hour platform (Crowdcast) so easy to use: it allows for lots of chat, questions and social interaction making these virtual events incredibly sociable and interactive. Just click on the Book Now button, pay for your place and we will send you the link.
For those of you looking for corporate entertaining opportunities, why not book several places and then meet up on zoom or a similar platform to chat about the book afterwards.
To book your space for this virtual Gliterary Lunch, just click the Book Now button. Once payment has been received, we will send you a registration email from Crowdcast which is the platform we use to host our virtual lunches.
Group Bookings: Please note that if you are paying for multiple places, you need to supply email addresses for all attendees. If you are booking on behalf of an organisation and need an invoice rather than paying by payment card, contact [email protected]
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call us on 07525 791454 or email [email protected]
Wonderful event – it was an absolute tonic being in the company of the author and listening to her read her own work. Thank you! Will be recommending your lunches!
Alexandra Lavery, TFL