Grace Kelly knew what people saw, the Cinderella story, an icon of glamour and elegance frozen in dazzling Technicolor, the picture of perfection, the girl in white gloves. But in reality, her story, as revealed in Kerri Maher’s new book, The Girl in White Gloves, was lonely and heartbreaking. What better place to learn the true story of this beautiful yet tragic figure than in a 1940’s and 1950’s themed movie studio diner that will take you back to the early days of Princess Grace of Monaco.
Over a themed lunch at Studio Diner, part of an actual working movie studio, join Kerri with USA Today bestselling author Susan Meissner and NYT bestselling author Karen White, as they take you behind the glitz and glamour, where the truth lies.
Your Adventure includes a movie themed lunch (perhaps a New York strip steak with a “Maher” mushroom sauce, “Grace’s” grilled salmon, “Girl in White Gloves” grilled lemon-herbed chicken, or “Dial M” pasta with grilled veggies), soft beverage, tax, gratuity, author presentation in conversation format, book signing, and the opportunity to engage in meaningful and intimate conversation with two remarkable authors.
Kerri Maher is the Boston-based author of the The Kennedy Debutante, as well as her memoir, This Is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World, under the name Kerri Majors. She is also the founder of an award-winning journal of YA literature, YARN.
Her new novel, The Girl In White Gloves: A Novel of Grace Kelly, tells the Cinderella story of Grace Kelly, an icon of glamour and elegance, the girl in white gloves. But behind the lens, beyond the panoramic views of glistening Mediterranean azure, she knows the truth. The sacrifices it takes for an unappreciated girl from Philadelphia to defy her family and become the reigning queen of the screen. The heartbreaking reasons she trades Hollywood for a crown. The loneliness of being a princess in a fairy tale kingdom that is all too real.
Susan Meissner is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction with more than half a million books in print in fifteen languages. She is an author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include As Bright as Heaven, starred review in Library Journal; Secrets of Charmed Life, a Goodreads finalist for Best Historical Fiction 2015; and A Fall of Marigolds, named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014.
A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University and is also a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing.
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Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, Dreams of Falling, The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband near Atlanta, Georgia.
The New York Times bestselling authors of The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room return in All The Ways We Said Goodbye with a glorious historical adventure that moves from the dark days of two World Wars to the turbulent years of the 1960s, in which three women with bruised hearts find refuge at Paris’ legendary Ritz hotel.
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Do the time warp and feast your eyes on the neon-lighted Studio Diner. It’s an authentic trip back to the ’40s, wrapped in chrome & Blue neon. Coincidentally, it’s set on the former lot of Stu Segall Productions, between 1991-2010 San Diego county’s largest working movie and TV studio, (Remember “Veronica Mars, Silk Stalkings, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Renegade the 2010 crime series “Terriers” (filmed here in Ocean Beach that aired on F/X) and all six MyNetworkTV limited-run serials, including “Fashion House”, “Saints & Sinners” and “Watch Over me”
Feature films included “Flying By” with Billy Ray Cyrus, Heather Locklear and Patricia Neal, “Bring It On”, Burt Reynolds in “Raven”, Fast Money, Illegal in Blue, and Dead On. Television films include The Dark, Surrender Dorothy, See Arnold Run, Tiger Cruise, and I Married a Monster. Decorated with “behind-the-scenes” movie-making equipment and serving comfort food with an upscale vibe, Studio Diner is fun for the senses. They were featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” in January 2008 and numerous local television news shows.