Last Book Party | Reading & Discussion | Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild

A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.

In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie. Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts’ artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive and famed “Book Party”— where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.

A page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, Karen Dukess’s The Last Book Party shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.

Karen Dukess has a work history as eclectic as her taste in books. She has been a tour guide in the former Soviet Union, a newspaper reporter in Florida, a magazine publisher in Russia and, for nearly a decade, a speechwriter on gender equality for the United Nations Development Programme. She has blogged on raising boys for The Huffington Post and written book reviews for USA Today. She has a degree in Russian Studies from Brown University and a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. She lives with her family near New York City and spends as much time as possible in Truro on Cape Cod.


About the Event:

Rehoboth Beach Writer’s Guild Executive Director Maribeth Fischer says: I read this book in a weekend and loved it, loved how simple the plot was, loved the assurance of the writing, loved the literary world in which it was set.

When I glanced at the acknowledgment page and saw that the agent, Doug Stewart, was someone I knew, I wrote to congratulate him and to ask if he might find a way to send this first time author to Rehoboth, to give a reading from the book and a talk on how this novel came to be. And it’s happening! 

Please join us at Nicola’s for dinner, a reading and a casual conversation with Karen Dukess. Where did the idea for the Last Book Party come from and what was the process of writing it? How much revision did she have to do? Does she have a critique group and what role did they play in the writing? How did she find her agent and what was the path to this publication and what advice can she offer to us?

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Cost: Event is free but donations accepted at the door. 
Doors open at Nicola’s at 5:00, reading and discussion to start at 6:00.
Books will be available for sale by Browsebout Books.

Event date: 
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
71 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971