Join us for an Irish Dinner Adventure with international bestselling authors, Kristina McMorris & Pam Jenoff.Our Irish Dinner Adventure will be a cheerful evening spent mingling among friends and authors Kristina McMorris & Pam Jenoff in a local Irish Pub. Both McMorris’s new book, The Edge of Lost, and Jenoff’s, The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, transport their readers all over the world, telling their characters’ epic stories of survival. Your Adventure includes an Irish meal, drink, book discussion, Q&A, author signings, and an opportunity to meet the authors up close and personal in an intimate and authentic setting. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, or pre-order your copies below now.
Monday, March 14, 2016, 6:30 pm
Venue: Hooley's Irish Pub
5500 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942
About the Event
About the Books and Authors
Kristina McMorris is a highly accomplished woman who was recently named one of Portland’s “Forty Under 40” by The Business Journal. Prior to her writing career, Kristina hosted weekly TV shows beginning at age nine, including an Emmy® Award-winning program. She has written four novels, all met with raving reviews. She has also contributed to several anthologies, including Grand Central , and published a cookbook called Grandma Jean’s Rainy Day Recipes, which sparked the research that led to her first novel, Letters From Home. The Edge of Lost intricately weaves together two stories, distanced by both geography and time. In October 1937, a prison guard's only daughter—one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island—has gone missing. Convicted bank robber Tommy Capello, who tends to the warden's greenhouse, is the only one who knows the truth about the little girl's whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search's outcome.
Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile & foreign world. As McMorris's finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell, and believe, in order to survive.
Pam Jenoff is the author of eight acclaimed novels, including The Kommandant's Girl, which earned her a nomination for the Quill Awards and became an international bestseller and Grand Central, a praised anthology also contributed to by Kristina McMorris, as mentioned above. She previously served as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department in Europe, as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon and as a practicing attorney at a large firm and in-house. She received her juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania, her masters degree in history from Cambridge University and her bachelors degree in international affairs from George Washington University. Pam Jenoff lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia where, in addition to writing, she teaches law at Rutgers University.
The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach begins the summer of 1941, with young Adelia Monteforte aboard a crowded ship bound for America, utterly alone yet free of Fascist Italy. Whisked away to the seaside by her well-meaning aunt and uncle, she slowly begins to adapt to her new life. That summer, she basks in the noisy affection of the boisterous Irish-Catholic boys next door, and although she adores all four of the Connally brothers, it's the eldest, Charlie, she pines for. But all hopes for a future together are throttled by the creep of war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home.