On the first Monday of every month, I emcee Lady Jane’s Salon, an evening of readings by romance writers in the upstairs bar at Madame X (94 W. Houston St.), and tonight’s event is fraught with holiday significance. Our guest authors will include Lauren Willig, the bestselling author of the “Pink Carnation” series of historical romance/espionage novels, who’s just published The Mischief of the Mistletoe, a Christmas-themed romantic comedy which draws upon both Jane Austen and P.G. Wodehouse for its charms. She’ll be joined by two of the contributors to the A Harlequin Christmas Carol anthology, Jacquie D’Alessandro and Hope Tarr.
(Hope is also one of the three novelists with whom I co-founded Lady Jane’s in early 2009; Maya Rodale and Leanna Renee Hieber will also be on hand to wish you holiday cheer—and you might want to ask Leanna about her own seasonally-themed contribution to the e-only A Midwinter Fantasy.)
You don’t need to RSVP to attend, but if you are on Facebook, you can certainly check in so we have a rough idea of the audience. If you’re in the New York City area, and you like romance fiction, this is always a fun opportunity to get together with fellow fans, and I’m sure tonight’s salon will be especially festive. I’m looking forward to celebrating with several of Lady Jane’s long-time friends, and to making new acquaintances as well. See you there?
Next Monday, September 7, will bring a special installment of Lady Jane’s Salon, the monthly romance reading series I’ve been hosting since last February. We’ll be celebrating the publication of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, the debut novel from Salon co-founder Leanna Renee Hieber. We’ve been looking forward to this party for a long time, and Leanna has all sorts of plans to make it a memorable occasion—so you might come join us at Madame X (94 W. Houston St.) from 7 p.m. onward.
And here, courtesy of the new Lady Jane’s Salon Book Club from RomanceNovel.tv, is Leanna herself, talking about the historical research that went into her magickal Victorian romance tale…
Isabo Kelly, a friend of the Salon from the beginning, will also be reading from her work this evening. So come cap off your Labor Day weekend with a fantastic book party!
30 August 2009 | lady jane's salon |