Bestselling Author Coming to Hamilton
Please join us for a night of love and intrigue!
Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Hamilton Central Public Library, 4th Floor (55 York Blvd., Hamilton)
Sandra Gulland, the internationally bestselling novelist of the highly successful Josephine B historical trilogy, is coming to Hamilton this month to talk about her new book The Shadow Queen. Tickets are available at the Carnegie Gallery and Bryan Prince Bookseller. This is a Carnegie Gallery fundraiser and we welcome your support as net ticket proceeds from this event will be donated to the Carnegie Gallery.
The Shadow Queen is a seductive, gripping novel about the lure and illusion of power and black magic set in 1660 Paris. As the daughter of itinerant actors who once lit up the Parisian stages, Claudette always thought her future lay in the theatre. But a series of chance encounters pull her into the alluring orbit of the most powerful woman in France, Athenais de Montespan, the unofficial mistress to Louis XIV and reigning “Shadow Queen.” Impetuous by nature, Athenais wields a disconcerting amount of power in court—a fact that has ruffled many of the Sun King’s key advisors.
Claudette leaves the world of theatre to serve Athenais, only to find that court is very much like a stage, with outward shows of loyalty masking more devious intentions. This parallel is not lost on Athenais, who fears political enemies are plotting her ruin while young courtesans are scheming to take her place in the king’s bed.
As Athenais begins to lose her grip on the Sun King, the charms she has been using take on a sinister character, making Claudette question her allegiance to this mercurial figure—and putting her life and the lives of her loved ones in jeopardy.
SANDRA GULLAND was raised and educated in Berkeley, California, immigrating to Canada in 1970. She is the author of the Josephine B. trilogy, which has sold over 75,000 copies in Canada and has been published worldwide to great success. Gulland has spent many years researching the history of France to perfect the rich details of her novels and has acquired a library of over 200 books on the Louis XIV period. Sandra Gulland and her husband live half the year near Killaloe, Ontario, and half in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Presented by Bryan Prince Bookseller, HarperCollins Canada and the Hamilton Public Library.