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Please join us tonight, Friday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate with the Ivy Bookshop Laura Moriarty’s bestselling novel, The Chaperone (now in paperback), which tells of a visit to New York City by a young Louise Brooks – and the chaperone who accompanied her. The event is part of the Baltimore Fishbowl and Ivy Bookshop series, The Front Table, which features books on the front table at the Falls Road bookshop.

About the Book

Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a 36-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful, is known for her arrogance and lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.

Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s, 1930s and beyond – from the orphan trains to Prohibition, the onset of the Great Depression to the burgeoning movement for equal rights and new opportunities for women – The Chaperone illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle and others like them.

About the Author:

Laura Moriarty is the author of The Center of Everything,The Rest of Her Life and While I’m Falling. She lives in Kansas.

Join Laura Moriarty at The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, at 7 p.m.  For more information visit The Ivy Bookshop website.