Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:30pm
Nanaimo Harbourfront Library
Free admission (parking free after 5pm at the Bastion Parkade)
Available in e-book through Kindle Press and in paperback from New Arcadia Publishing (ISBN: 978-0-9810241-4-1), The Muse of Fire will be published January 9, 2018.
Join award-winning author Carol M. Cram for a lively and entertaining hour-long presentation of her latest book, The Muse of Fire, which completes her trilogy of works about women in the arts.
A description of The Muse of Fire: Abandoned at birth, the grandly christened Edward Plantagenet rises from London’s Foundling Hospital to take charge backstage at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, only to be blind-sided when he rescues Grace -- a young woman escaping an abusive father. Grace finds an outlet for her passions as a Shakespearean actress, becoming ensnared by intrigues and setbacks that mar the pathway to the stardom she craves. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Old Price Riots of 1809, Grace and Ned find common purpose in a quest that threatens to tear both their worlds apart.
Carol’s debut novel, The Towers of Tuscany (Lake Union Publishing, 2014) and her second novel, A Woman of Note (Lake Union Publishing, 2015), were both designated Editors’ Choice by the Historical Novel Society in the UK, and both won First in Category for the Chaucer and Goethe awards (Chanticleer Book Awards), with The Towers of Tuscany also winning the Grand Prize Chaucer Award for best historical novel pre-1750.
Carol has also written over fifty best-selling college textbooks in computer applications and communications. She holds an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. She lives with her husband, artist Gregg Simpson, on beautiful Bowen Island near Vancouver, BC, where she teaches Nia dance and volunteers for the local arts council after serving as its president for 10 years.