Au­thor Lisa Gery to ap­pear at the Book Nook on Jan. 12

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - From James and Holly Wood The Book Nook

Lo­cal au­thor Lisa Gery will be ap­pear­ing at The Book Nook in Boy­er­town on Satur­day, Jan. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. She will be pro­mot­ing her book “The Per­sis­tence of Vi­sion.”

This is the same week­end as the 111th an­niver­sary of the Rhoads Opera House fire, which oc­curred in the same build­ing where The Book Nook is now lo­cated. This his­toric tragedy partly in­spired the events in Lisa’s book.

“In the swel­ter­ing sum­mer of 1908 the peo­ple of Evansville are abuzz over the con­struc­tion of the town’s first cin­ema, the Walt The­ater. An­nie Bar­to­let is wit­ness­ing the Walt’s progress first­hand, mar­ried to the project’s con­struc­tion man­ager, Henry. As young par­ents, they are strug­gling to adapt to par­ent­hood, and the changes in their own re­la­tion­ship. When Henry’s un­em­ployed cousin Daniel comes to stay with them — a teenager on the cusp of adult­hood with a past shrouded in vague se­crecy — it places a new strain on an al­ready com­pli­cated mar­riage. Seem­ingly in­signif­i­cant, the mo­ti­va­tions and de­ci­sions of this strug­gling fam­ily con­verge to set in mo­tion a chain of events that lead to a dis­as­ter that will dev­as­tate the town — a hor­rific fire at the Walt The­ater on open­ing night that re­duces the town’s cher­ished jewel to ashes. In the af­ter­math of the tragedy, they must all con­front the roles they played and the ram­i­fi­ca­tions they face as they en­deavor to find a way for­ward.”

Copies of Lisa’s book will be avail­able for sale at The Book Nook dur­ing the book­sign­ing. Free re­fresh­ments will be served.

Lisa Gery, the au­thor of “The Per­sis­tence of Vi­sion,” lives in south­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia with her hus­band. She en­joys ex­plor­ing his­toric houses and sites for in­spi­ra­tion. She grew up near Boy­er­town, the site of the Rhoads Opera House Fire in 1908, which partly in­spired this novel. Her work deals pri­mar­ily with the themes of life, love and death, and the point at which the three in­ter­sect.

The Book Nook is an in­de­pen­dently owned and op­er­ated used book store lo­cated at 130 E. Philadel­phia Ave., Boy­er­town. While spe­cial­iz­ing in used books, they have pre­vi­ously hosted other book-sign­ings. Au­thors, Will Car­pen­ter, Thomas Mala­fa­rina and Todd Keis­ling, just to name a few, have pre­vi­ously held book-sign­ing events at The Book Nook.

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