Monday, August 17, 2009

Tuesday Tomorrow

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Published by: Touchstone
Publication Date: August 18th, 2009
Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages
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The official patter:
Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.

The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills."

You have probably heard of Philippa Gregory, if just for the fact that her book, The Other Boleyn, was made into a big budget movie staring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana. Whether you liked the movie or not, her historical fiction should be read and enjoyed for itself. While most of her books surround the Tudors in the 16th century, The Other Boleyn included, The White Queen marks the beginning of a new series surrounding the Plantagenent's in the 15th century, during the War of the Roses. The Plantagenent's were the rulers of England until the War of the Roses marked the end of their dynasty and the beginning of the reign of the Tudors. I'm looking forward to this book, because while loosely linked to her most popular series, we are in for a treat of new characters and new perspectives. Plus perhaps a supposition from the author, in her capacity as scholar and storyteller, as to what really happened to the two princes in the tower. Philippa Gregory will be touring the United States to promote this book so if you have a chance go out and catch an appearance, I sure hope to.

Tour Dates:
Monday, September 14th at 7:00pm
B & N College event @ Tsai Performance Center (Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA 02215)
**Price tba for VIP seating tickets, no ticket price for regular seating.

Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00pm
Princeton Public Library @ Nassau Presbyterian Church (Princeton University, 61 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542)
**Tickets $10 in advance for priority seating, no ticket price for regular seating.

Wednesday, September 16th at 11:00am
Berkeley Carroll Upper School (181 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
**Private event for students and faculty only.

Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble (150 East 86th Street, NY, NY 10028)

September 17th at 7.00pm. Indigo Books @ Royal St. George’s College, 120 Howland Avenue. Tickets $5 at or 1.888.222.6608

Saturday, September 19th at 1:30pm
Anderson’s Bookshop @ Tivoli Theatre (5021 Highland Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515)
**The event will be ticketed (price tba) with the book as part of the purchase.

Monday, September 21st at 7:00pm
GA Center for the Book @ Decatur Presbyterian Church (205 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030)

Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00pm
Blue Willow Books (University of Houston Sugarland, 14000 University Blvd, Sugarland, TX, 77479)
** Ticket price tba (will not include cost of book).

Saturday, September 26th at 4:00pm
West Sound Reads @ Bremerton High School (1500 13th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337)
**The event is free, but will reserve preferential seating with the advance purchase of the book from the participating bookstores. The stores will issue 2 tickets for each book purchase.

September 28th at 7:30 pm. Bolen Books @ Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue. Tickets $10 at Bolen Books ($5 towards purchase of book).

Thursday, October 1st at 11:00am
LA Public Library – Library Foundation Council luncheon (Regency Club, 10900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA, 90024)
**Private event for Library Foundation Council.


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