A Random House Special Event

Meet Your Summer Reads

May 10, 2019 – 7PM • City Opera House

Meet Your Summer Reads

May 10, 2019 – 7PM
City Opera House

This special Random House event will bring three blockbuster authors on the City Opera House stage for a lively and insightful conversation with guest host Doug Stanton. Doors open at 6 pm with authors mingling with attendees and signing books. 

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Event Details

Friday May 10, 2019
Traverse City Opera House

Live Music, Cash Bar, and Morsels Sweet Treats
Stage conversation and Q&A with authors
Post-event book signing


$30/$40  Reserve/Premium Reserved Seating ~  Book Choice: The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg   

$40/$50  Reserve/Premium Reserved Seating ~ Book Choice:  Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts 

$40/$50  Reserve/Premium Reserved Seating ~ Book Choice:  Madame fourcade’s secret war

Meet the Authors:


Finding Dorothy

“A breathtaking read that will transport you over the rainbow and into the heart of one of America’s most enduring fairy tales and the hardscrabble life that inspired it. …  A dream of a book you’ll want to savor and share!”—Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours

Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse, which won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for research nonfiction, as well as two previous novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning. She lives in southern California.

Finding Dorothy is a richly imagined novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film. The story is told through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud, the daughter of a leading suffragette. It sweeps from the Baum family’s hardscrabble days in South Dakota—which inspired Oz—to the Hollywood film set where Maud first meets a Judy Garland, who would become her unlikely friend


The Story of Arthur Truluv

“Elizabeth Berg’s characters jump right off the page and into your heart. I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv.” —Fannie Flagg

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Story of Arthur Truluv, Open House (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. Berg’s work has been published in 30 countries, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She lives in Chicago.

The Story of Arthur Truluv tells the story of Arthur, who every day at lunchtime, visits and talks to his beloved late wife, in his imagination. Then a surprising encounter changes his life. Arthur meets Maddy, a troubled teenager who is avoiding school and wrestling with loneliness and feelings of abandonment. Moved by Arthur’s kindness and his unwillingness to take her teenage bait, Maddy gives him the nickname “Truluv”—and a surprising friendship develops between the two. When Arthur’s nosey neighbor, Lucille, moves into their orbit, the three begin to help one another through heartache and hardships to rediscover a sense of family, and to find again their potential to start anew.


Madame Fourcade’s Secret War

“Lynne Olson is at the top of her game. ….  A fascinating portrait of uncommon audacity.” —Paula McLain, author of Love and Ruin and The Paris Wife

Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of eight books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called Olson “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.”  Her latest book, Madame Fourcade’s Secret War,  is also a New York Times bestseller and has received rave review. This is a 1941 story of a 31-year-old Frenchwoman who became the leader of a vast Resistance organization—the only woman to hold such a role. Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour. Brave, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country’s conservative, patriarchal society, she was temperamentally suited for the job. No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence as her intelligence group, Alliance. As a result, the Gestapo pursued its members relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its 3,000 agents, including Fourcade’s own lover and many of her key spies. 

Two of Olson’s previous books, Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, and Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour, were both New York Times bestsellers. Those Angry Days was named by the New York Times and Kirkus as one of the best books of 2013. Citizens of London was selected by the American Library Association as one of its top nonfiction books in 2010. It was also included on Amazon’s list of best books of the year.

Born in Hawaii, Olson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a journalist for ten years, first with the Associated Press as a national feature writer in New York, a foreign correspondent in AP’s Moscow bureau, and a political reporter in Washington. She left the AP to join the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun, where she covered national politics and eventually the White House.

Olson lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Stanley Cloud, with whom she co-authored two books.



Guest Host Doug Stanton is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Odyssey of Echo Company, In Harm’s Way, and Horse Soldiers, which became the 2018 Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie 12 Strong. His writing has appeared in Esquire, Men’s Journal, Outside Magazine, The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, and the Washington Post, among others. He has appeared on the Today Show, Morning Joe, among other major TV and radio outlets. Horse Soldiers was named a New York Times “Notable Book” and chosen as a “Best Book” by Publishers Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com. Stanton is a co-founder of NWS and received an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. In 2018, Stanton was honored by the Detroit News as “Michiganian of The Year.”

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