Timothy Schaffert and Emily Danforth

What: Watermark Books & Café invites you to attend a virtual event with bestselling author Timothy Schaffert! Timothy will be joining us for a virtual discussion of his new novel, The Perfume Thief—A Gentleman in Moscow meets Moulin Rouge in this stylish, sexy page-turner set in Paris on the eve of World War II, where Clementine, a queer American ex-pat and notorious thief, is drawn out of retirement and into one last scam when the Nazis invade. Timothy will be joined in conversation with Emily M. Danforth author of Plain Bad Heroines—a highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls.


When: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (CT)

Where: This is a virtual event and will be hosted online using Zoom Pro Webinar & Facebook Live.

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About The Perfume Thief


Clementine is a seventy-two year-old reformed con artist with a penchant for impeccably tailored suits. Her life of crime has led her from the uber-wealthy perfume junkies of belle epoque Manhattan, to the scented butterflies of Costa Rica, to the spice markets of Marrakech, and finally the bordellos of Paris, where she settles down in 1930 and opens a shop bottling her favorite extracts for the ladies of the cabarets.
Now it's 1941 and Clem's favorite haunt, Madame Boulette's, is crawling with Nazis, while Clem's people--the outsiders, the artists, and the hustlers who used to call it home--are disappearing. Clem's first instinct is to go to ground--it's a frigid Paris winter and she's too old to put up a fight. But when the cabaret's prize songbird, Zoe St. Angel, recruits Clem to steal the recipe book of a now-missing famous Parisian perfumer, she can't say no. Her mark is Oskar Voss, a Francophile Nazi bureaucrat, who wants the book and Clem's expertise to himself. Hoping to buy the time and trust she needs to pull off her scheme, Clem settles on a novel strategy: Telling Voss the truth about the life and loves she came to Paris to escape.
 

Complete with romance, espionage, champagne towers, and haute couture, this full-tilt sensory experience is a dazzling portrait of the underground resistance of twentieth-century Paris and a passionate love letter to the power of beauty and community in the face of insidious hate.

About Timothy Schaffert


Timothy Schaffert is the author of five previous novels: The Swan Gondola, The Coffins of Little Hope, Devils in the Sugar Shop, The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God, and The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters. He is a professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he writes the column The Eccentricities of Gentlemen for the popular lifestyle magazine Enchanted Living.

About Emily M. Danforth


Emily M. Danforth is the author of the highly acclaimed young adult novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She lives with her wife and two terrible dogs in Rhode Island. Plain Bad Heroines is her first adult novel.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
4701 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218
Books: 
The Perfume Thief: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780385545747
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - August 3rd, 2021