We are happy to announce a new offering from Hooks Book Events — the Salon. We envision these to be intimate gatherings of friends who are thirsty for knowledge and want to hear the thoughts and ideas of some of the bestsellers who are launching their new books.
Refreshments are certainly part of the party, and often reflect the theme of the book. A case in point is our first Salon, when our friend Joy invited 50 of her closest friends to gather in her cottage office to hear the fabulous *Flora Fraser” (pictured left, with Perry) discuss her latest book on Pauline Bonaparte (Napoleon’s favorite sister). French wine and appetizers and a very intimate conversation about Pauline’s European escapades.
“The event was thoroughly engaging and enjoyable,” says Joy, who is dreaming up who she wants to have come for another Salon. “I was impressed not only by how elegant and articulate Flora is, but really enjoyed listening to my dearest friends ask smart, savvy questions of the author. I encourage everyone to host a Hooks Book Salon. It will open your mind and warm your heart.”
About Flora Fraser: The author of Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton; The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline; and Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III, Flora Fraser lives in London with her husband and three children. Her new book focuses on Napoleon’s favorite sister. Celebrated for her looks, notorious for her passions, immortalized by Antonio Canova’s statue, and always deeply loyal to her brother, Pauline Bonaparte Borghese is a fascinating figure in her own right. At the turn of the nineteenth century, she was considered by many to be the most beautiful woman in Europe. She shocked the continent with the boldness of her love affairs, her opulent wardrobe and jewels, and, most famously, her decision to pose nearly nude for Canova’s sculpture, which has been replicated in countless ways through the years.