Tuesday 29 October, 18.30pm, in the Lotos Room
Transport yourself to the white-hot heat of Manhattan's glitziest soirées as bestselling author, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, talks about her dazzling debut novel, Swan Song. Glide through the martini-soaked dining rooms of New York in the 1970s as you discover how Truman Capote betrayed the six women - the 'swans' - who were part of his inner circle.
This evening is the third in The Beaumont's Literary Series, and is presented as part of the Mayfair & St James's Literary Festival, launched by The Mayfair Times. The Festival runs from 28th October to 3rd November and celebrates today's literary community, especially women's creativity and success in the literary world, as well as commemorating the rich cultural heritage of Mayfair and beyond.
"A skilled and sparkling debut." The Guardian
Acquired by Capote's publisher, Penguin Random House, with a six-figure pre-empt, Swan Song features a stellar supporting cast that includes the Kennedys, Ernest Hemingway and Capote's childhood friend, Harper Lee.
18.30 Champagne on arrival in The Lotos Room at The Beaumont
19.00 Reading and in-conversation with Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
A native of Houston, Texas, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California and was a Finalist for the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Swan Song is her first novel and was named the winner of the 2015 Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel. The work was shortlisted for the 2015 Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition, the 2015/16 Historical Novel Society New Novel Award and the 2016 Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize.