in partnership with The Westgate Hotel
We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Christopher Castellani's father. Because of this, our event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule at a later date.
Sunday, February 24, 2019
65 per person (Special note: event pricing has not changed. Price now includes tax, gratuity, and fees. No additional fees will be added at check out.)
About the Event
We are thrilled to announce our Winter 2019 Literary Tea Adventure featuring Christopher Castellani, critically acclaimed and award winning author. Join us as we celebrate his newest novel,Leading Men, an expansive yet intimate story of desire, artistic ambition, and fidelity, set in the glamorous literary and film circles of 1950s Italy.
You won't want to miss this decadent event at the historic Westgate Hotel. Over books, bubbly, and delectable tea treats like crab cakes, scones, & seasonal berries, we will bask in a marvelous afternoon with Christopher Castellani. As we dine, Christopher will share the fascinating real life story behind his novel and the extraordinary love story of Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo.
Your Adventure includes an elegant tea in the historic heart of San Diego, book discussion, Q&A, author signing, and an opportunity to meet the authorup close and personal in an intimate and luxurious setting.
*Important note! Pricing for this event has not changed. In order to simplify the check-out process for guests, the Westgate has revised their checkout system. Pricing is now reflective of the total price including tax, gratuity, and fees. No additional fees will be added to the ticket cost at check out.
Books will be available for purchase and signing during the tea, or pre-order your copy below for delivery and signing at the event.
About the Book and Author
In July of 1953, at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy, Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren, a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress. Their encounter will go on to alter all of their lives. Ten years later, Frank revisits the tempestuous events of that fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan, where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time.
Anja, now legendary film icon Anja Bloom, lives as a recluse in the present-day U.S. until a young man connected to the events of 1953 lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only copy of Williams’s unknown final play—written especially for her.
What keeps two people together and what breaks them apart? Can we save someone else if we can’t save ourselves? Like The Master and The Hours, Leading Men seamlessly weaves fact and fiction to navigate the tensions between public figures and their private lives. In an ultimately heartbreaking story about the burdens of fame and the complex negotiations of life in the shadows of greatness, Castellani creates an unforgettable leading lady in Anja Bloom and reveals the hidden machinery of one of the great literary love stories of the twentieth-century.
Christopher Castellani is the son of Italian immigrants and a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He currently lives in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, the country’s largest and leading independent creative writing center. He is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels, A Kiss from Maddalena (Algonquin Books, 2003)—winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in 2004— The Saint of Lost Things (Algonquin, 2005), a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book; and All This Talk of Love (Algonquin, 2013), a New York Times Editors’ Choice and finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award.
The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, a collection of essays on point of view in fiction, was published in 2016 by Graywolf Press. He has recently completed a new novel, Leading Men, for which he received Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Leading Men will be published in February 2019 by Viking Penguin.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED