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Elizabeth Gilbert - City of Girls

  • mesa arts center (ikeda theater) 1 east main street Mesa, AZ 85201 United States (map)

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love discusses her latest, a novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person.

GET YOUR BOOK AND TICKET

→ Ticket Package 1: $35.27 + fees: Admission for one (1) person and one (1) signed hardcover copy of City of Girls.

→ Ticket Package 2: $40.27 + fees: Admission for two (2) people, one (1) signed hardcover copy of City of Girls.

Purchase below (at the bottom of the page).

EVENT GUIDELINES

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WILL-CALL opens at 1pm outside the auditorium. Please check in here to be admitted into the event.

SEATING is general admission and opens at 1pm.

PICK UP YOUR SIGNED BOOK(S) at the Mesa Arts Center on event day, outside the auditorium starting at 1pm.

Elizabeth Gilbert will pre-sign copies of City of Girls before the event. There will be no public meet-and-greet.

If you miss the event, tickets are non-refundable. In order to receive your book you will need to contact us within 30 days of the event. After 30 days, you will receive a trade credit to Changing Hands Bookstore for the cost of the book + tax.

CAN'T MAKE IT? Call 480.730.0205 to order a signed copy of City of Girls and we'll have it signed and reserved for you. We also ship anywhere in the US and to most international locations!

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are."

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.

Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love, as well as several other internationally bestselling books. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a best book of 2013 by The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine,The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker.



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