Monday, July 3, 2017

Sunday with Friends: Amor Towles


On Sunday, July 16th at 2pm, the Friends of the Library will present an afternoon with Amor Towles, author of Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. The library will open at 1:30pm for this event. Mr. Towles will be introduced by Arnie Reisman, and a book signing and refreshments in the library garden will follow the talk. This is a ticketed event, and free tickets will be available at the library beginning Wednesday, July 5th (limit of two tickets per person). The library is not able to reserve tickets by phone or email.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Amor Towles grew up spending summers in his family’s home in West Chop, and at age twelve wrote the West Chop column for the Vineyard Gazette, during the summer of 1977. He graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University. His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller and was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2011. His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, published in 2016, was also a New York Times bestseller and was named as one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR. Having worked as an investment professional for over twenty years, Mr. Towles now devotes himself full time to writing in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children.

The Friends of the Library support a variety of programs for both adults and children throughout the year, including an annual summer event honoring an author with ties to the Vineyard. Past honorees have included Geraldine Brooks, Art Buchwald, Stephen Carter, Phil Craig, Jules Feiffer, Lillian Hellman, John Hough, Jr., Ward Just, David McCullough, Cynthia Riggs, Rose Styron, William Styron, and Shakespeare for the Masses creators Nicole Galland and Chelsea McCarthy.

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