Looking for a great book to cozy up with during the pandemic? The Greenwood Village Cultural Arts Program can help. Although on a much smaller scale, we present the Village Read featuring "The Paris Hours" by author (and close, personal friend of Cultural Arts Manager, Chris Stevens), Alex George. Alex's new book has been garnering much praise. The Columbia, Daily Tribune said of the book "Exquisite… A testimony to the life-changing power of a single day, the book reads like a Jazz Age Les Miserables.” The AARP called it "Delicious!" It was also featured as Amazon's Book of the Month.
In glittering 1927 Paris, Josephine Baker dances with Ernest Hemingway, Maurice Ravel plays a lonely piano, and Gertrude Stein hosts her legendary salons. Yet alongside these creative geniuses, a quartet of ordinary men and women are forging their own extraordinary stories.
Since the death of her beloved employer, housemaid Camille has lived with a secret: when Marcel Proust asked her to burn his notebooks, she saved one for herself. Now it has disappeared, and she is desperate to recover it before her betrayal is revealed. Across town, lovesick painter Guillaume is also racing against the clock, with only a few more hours to repay a debt that threatens to bury him alive. Souren, an Armenian refugee, performs puppet shows for children, seeking connection in a city that has never felt like home. While Souren relentlessly relives his tragic past, journalist Jean-Paul is unable to confront his own, searching for his missing daughter in every stranger’s face.
As the hours tick toward midnight, the City of Lights pulls these four characters ever closer, until their paths collide in an unforgettable climax. Symphonic and profound, The Paris Hours shows us that even the forgotten residents of Paris are as dazzling as the glorious city they inhabit.
Since there is limited availability of in person events, the program will host online events with the author. Please check the Curtis Center website and the August edition of the Greenwood Village newsletter for event dates.
The Curtis Center for the Arts will give away 100 books for free on a first come, first served basis starting July 6th. Please stop buy the Curtis Center for the Arts (2349 East Orchard) to pick up your complimentary copy. The book may also be purchased through most online retailers. Autographed copies are available at Skylark Bookshop.
Online Meet the Author scheduled for Wednesday, August 26th 7pm via Zoom: