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The Tattered Cover is delighted to welcome four esteemed authors for our annual Writers Respond to Readers event. This full day event brings writers and readers, and book club members, together in an intimate setting to talk about books and writing.
An e-lume is a dynamic reading app that seeks to expand the frontiers of storytelling and fuel the senses as never before. Illustrations can be tapped to reveal windows into the world of the story. You can access “behind the scenes” videos and delve into the author’s experience, inspiration, and method. And you can look at a gallery of curated images, read about the historical context of the book, write notes, or share and recommend on Twitter, Facebook, and email. Visit Orson & Co for more information about the e-lume. Anyone who purchases a paperback copy of History of a Pleasure Seeker at this event will get a gift card for a free copy of the e-lume edition. (ablachly)… (més)
Richard Mason -- History of a Pleasure Seeker -- Bal Harbour Shops
History of a pleasure seeker is a brilliantly written portrait of the senses, a novel about pleasure and those who are in search of it; those who embrace it, luxuriate in it, need it; and those who deprive themselves of it as they do those they love. It is a book that will beguile and transport you—to another world, another time, another state of being.
The novel opens in Amsterdam at the turn of the last century. It moves to New York at the time of the 1907 financial crisis and proceeds onboard a luxury liner headed for Cape Town.
It is about a young man—Piet Barol—with an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. Piet’s father is an austere administrator at Holland’s oldest university. His mother, a singing teacher, has died—but not before giving him a thorough grounding in the arts of charm.
Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe’s leading hotelier: a child who refuses to leave his family’s mansion on Amsterdam’s grandest canal. As the young man enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets—and soon, quietly, steadily, finds his life transformed as he in turn transforms the lives of those around him.
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“This bildrungsroman is as smart as it is seductive . . . Readers will savor final scenes aboard the gilded ocean-liner Eugenie and welcome the undercurrent that perhaps Piet’s good fortune isn’t luck at all but a lesson that pleasure exists for those who seek it.” Booklist
“Highly recommended as an engaging portrait of an individual, a family, and time.” Library Journal, starred
Richard Mason was born in South Africa in 1978 and lives in New York City. His first novel, The Drowning People, published when he was twenty-one and still a student at Oxford, sold more than a million copies worldwide and won Italy’s Grinzane Cavour Prize for Best First Novel. He is also the author of Natural Elements, which was chosen by The Washington Post as one of the best books of 2009 and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Sunday Times Literary Award. History of a pleasure seeker is his fourth novel. In 1999, with Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mason started the Kay Mason Foundation (www.kaymasonfoundation.org), which helps disadvantaged South Africans receive quality education. Mason received the Inyathelo Merit Award for Philanthropy in 2010.
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Richard Mason has produced an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe’s belle époque. History of a pleasure seeker is a brilliantly rendered portrait of the senses, a novel about pleasure and those seeking it; those who embrace it, luxuriate in it, need it; and those who deprive themselves of it as they do those they love. (afegit de IndieBound)
Harvard Book Store is excited to welcome RICHARD MASON for a reading from his new novel Natural Elements. The setting is London. The time is the present. Mother and daughter are choosing an assisted-living facility and have come to The Albany, a late-nineteenth-century Victorian mansion, the flagship property of the TranquilAge™ chain of nursing homes. The mother, Joan—eighty years old, a gifted amateur pianist denied the pleasures of performance by arthritic hands—dreads the prospect of leaving her apartment, but her daughter has decided that she can no longer live on her own. The daughter, Eloise—forty-eight, a hedge fund manager, two decades in commodities—long ago rejected the possibilities of motherhood and has lived enviably free of responsibility. TThe setting is London. The time is the present. While mother and daughter are on the trip-of-a-lifetime to the South African capital of the old Orange Free State, the city of Joan’s girlhood, Eloise gets a frantic phone call. The price of osmium is in free fall; the fund is off-loading. . . Fighting panic with a coherent strategy, Eloise puts in motion a bold gamble that risks all—her future, the fund, her mother’s well-being. (ablachly)… (més)