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Modernist Book Talk: “The Chaperone” with author Laura Moriarty

Thursday, Dec. 1 - 5:30 p.m. Auditorium Lobby

Join The Modernists for a chat with Laura Moriarty, author of “The Chaperone”. This captivating novel centers on Cora Carlisle, the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in the summer of 1922. Touching on the rich history of post-WWI America – from the orphan trains to Prohibition, flappers and 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 at this time and what a vast difference it made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle and others like them.

Refreshments and socializing at 5:30 p.m., author chat at 6 p.m. Free with RSVP | Auditorium Lobby

About the Author:
Laura Moriarty earned a degree in social work before returning for her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and is now a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and is at work on her next novel.