Internationally bestselling author of seven novels, including The Last Queen, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, The Queen’s Vow, and the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles, C. W. Gortner’s Renaissance-era novels have drawn comparison to writers like Philippa Gregory, Margaret George, and Alison Weir. His latest novel moves his work out of the Renaissance and into the twentieth century with Mademoiselle Chanel. One of fashion’s most influential designers, Coco overcame childhood poverty and transformed herself into a creative force. Her sleek, minimalist designs rejected the corset and promoted the lifestyle of a new, modern woman of the 1920s. Gortner takes us behind the success and artistic vision to reveal the woman behind them, the Coco who overcame tragedy and was haunted by the decisions she was forced to make when the Nazis invaded Paris.
Join us in welcoming C. W. Gortner to the store on March 20th! He will give a talk about Coco Chanel and her life, followed by a book signing. Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries will be served. Whether you’re a long time fan or a first-time reader, you won’t want to miss this awesome event celebrating an amazing self-made woman and a fantastic novelist.