Join us for a Perfect Horse Luncheon Adventure with #1 New York Times bestselling author, Elizabeth Letts.
Friday, January 27, 2017, 12:00 pm
About the Event
We are excited to announce that with this remarkable event Adventures by the Book has expanded to the Palos Verdes area!
Our Perfect Horse Luncheon Adventure will take you away on an afternoon of literary delight with New York Times #1 bestselling author, Elizabeth Letts. In her new book, The Perfect Horse, Letts has written an incredible, ground breaking story that brings to light a story of heroism overlooked for decades, much like she did with her beloved first book and #1 Bestseller, The Eighty Dollar Champion. A compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike, this non-fiction story tells for the first time the full story of the horses seized by Hitler to create an equine war machine.
Join us for an afternoon Italian luncheon with dishes like rigatoni alla bolognese and penne e pomodorini crafted by the family run kitchen of Luna Rossa Ristorante. Over a delicious meal we will discuss Letts' magnificent second novel and where she got the inspiration for this exhilarating tale of behind-enemy-lines adventure, courage, and sacrifice that brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor.
Your Adventure includes an authentic Italian entree with salad & bread, beverage, tax & gratuity, book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet the author up close & personal in an intimate & unique setting.
About the Books and Authors
Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, winner of the 2012 Daniel P. Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation. A lifelong equestrian herself, Letts is a graduate H-A from Rolling Hills Pony Club (California). As a teen she represented Area VI (California and Hawaii) in the North American Junior Three-Day Eventing Championships. She is also the author of two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning, and an award-winning children’s book, The Butter Man. She majored in history at Yale, where she studied creative writing with Pulitzer Prize-winner John Hersey. Her writing has been recognized for numerous awards, including a John H. Daniels fellowship, The Charlotte Zolotow Award (honor book) and the Middle East Book Award.
Her latest book The Perfect Horse, begins in the chaotic last days of the World War II where a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find—his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world’s finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine—an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the Army’s last great cavalrymen, American colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision—with General George Patton’s blessing—to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed’s small but determined force of soldiers, aided by several turncoat Germans, steals across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to save the horses.
Pulling together this multi-stranded story, Elizabeth Letts introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Alois Podhajsky, director of the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna, a former Olympic medalist who is forced to flee the bomb-ravaged Austrian capital with his entire stable in tow; Gustav Rau, Hitler’s imperious chief of horse breeding, a proponent of eugenics who dreams of genetically engineering the perfect warhorse for Germany; and Tom Stewart, a senator’s son who makes a daring moonlight ride on a white stallion to secure the farm’s surrender.
Please note that no physical tickets will be issued. Due to the special nature of this event, no refunds are available after January 19, 2016, or for no-shows. Only books pre-purchased below or at the event will be eligible for signing.
Books will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order a signed copy of The Perfect Horse to be delivered at the event: