The Consulate Suites, in the historic Grady Market building, at 76 Water Street, will be the site of the next Susan Buzzett Clementson Author Event, featuring an acclaimed writer of historical women’s fiction.
At 5:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 15, the public is invited to come hear a presentation featuring Stephanie Dray, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author. They can enjoy a question-and-answer with the author, and get personally autographed copies of her books, which can be purchased prior to the event at Downtown Books & Purl, 67 Commerce Street in Apalachicola. The event is free.
Dray’s newest book, “Ribbons of Scarlet,” written with five other best-selling authors, was just released and is wowing fans of historical women’s fiction as she and her co-authors make guest appearances and book signings across the U.S. and Canada through December.
“Ribbons of Scarlet” is set during the French Revolution, a time when women took to the streets and fought for freedom, equality, and political change. It is a powerful story about one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history, as experienced by seven very different and unforgettable women.
Sophie de Condorset is a liberal aristocrat, Louise Reine Audu an impoverished fruit-seller, Princess Elisabeth a member of the privileged royal family, Manon Roland the clever and conniving wife of one of the revolution’s leaders, Pauline Leon a chocolatier and strong feminist, Charlotte Corday fights those in power to save victims from the guillotine, and Emilie de Saint-Amaranth is a courtesan’s daughter.
How their different lives cross paths and connect, and how the revolution changes each of them as they face danger, suspicions, violence, chaos, and tragedy during France’s blood-soaked Reign of Terror creates a gripping tale of French history that keeps readers engrossed. It will be exciting to hear about the research done by Dray and her co-authors to write this new book about the French revolution.
Dray’s two most recent prior books pull readers into early American history, life, and politics immediately after the American Revolution.
Readers meet Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, the wife of Alexander Hamilton, in My Dear Hamilton, and Martha Jefferson Randolph, Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, in America’s First Daughter, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the scandals, intrigues, scheming, and tragedies dealt with by two of our most revered and admired founding fathers.
Author Erika Robuck said about America’s First Daughter that “Not since ‘Gone with the Wind’ has a single volume family saga so brilliantly portrayed the triumphs, trials, and sins of an American family.” Both books are Publisher’s Weekly Bestsellers and Historical Novel Society’s Editors’ Picks.
The Susan Buzzett Clementson Author Series is presented by PALS, Patrons of Apalachicola Library Society, who want to thank Helen Ausley Willis for making the Consulate Suites available for the Stephanie Dray event. The author series program helps support the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library.