At This Literary Event, Get Lost Within ‘The Lost Summers of Newport’ Novel

Later this month, Reading with Robin and The Rhode Show host their first annual literary event at the Greenwich Odeum, centered around the new historical fiction novel.
Lost Summers

Learn about the lives of three women in three different eras, connected to one historic Newport manor and its family legacies. Photo courtesy of Robin Kall Homonoff.

With a month or so left of summer, a good read about the City by the Sea is sure to cool you down. Robin Kall Homonoff of Reading with Robin invites guests to join the first annual “Biggest Book Club, Smallest State” literary event hosted by Homonoff and Ashley Erling of The Rhode Show on August 24 at 7 p.m. Inside the Greenwich Odeum on East Greenwich’s Main Street, book lovers can further dissect The Lost Summer of Newport, a historical fiction novel that takes place in Newport, Cranston and other parts of the state.

Following the lives of three women in three different eras, connected to one historic Newport manor and its family legacies, the novel was written by three authors who dub themselves Team W: Beatriz Williams, who lives near the Connecticut shore; Lauren Willig, hailing from New York City; and Karen White, who lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

Homonoff knew instantly that this novel would be perfect for this ambitious literary endeavor, thought up by her and Erling.

“People love historical fiction and Newport has its allure,” says Homonoff. “There’s always secrets and stories buried everywhere. These three authors are incredible at unearthing facts and building a story around it, they are stellar researchers.”

Guests can participate in a conversation about The Lost Summers of Newport within the Odeum during this first ever book club event and ask any burning questions they might have about the characters, the authors’ writing approach and other wonders.

“For three authors to write together is unique and their styles work very well together,” Homonoff says. “They have a good time being together which is evident in their discussions of the books and the various events. We’ll have a conversation and invite a bunch of book club questions.”

Homonoff  and Erling are giving guests all summer to read the novel, but for those who are interested in attending the event and haven’t read the book, there will be books for sale as well as some back titles by Karen, Lauren and Beatriz. Plus: return home with your book signed by the authors at the event.

“It’s great to just sink into a book that you know is going to be entertaining,” says Homonoff. “You’ll learn a little bit about history, you’ll get very invested in the characters and there’s several timelines that the book follows, which is cool to see how it ties together.”

Lost Summer Authors

Team W from left to right: Lauren Willig, Beatriz Williams and Karen White. Photo courtesy of Robin Kall Homonoff.

As someone who’s been hosting literary events for two decades, Homonoff always notices a positive energy from the crowd and treasures the community of readers that bond people together, whether they’re chatting about their current read or latest recommendations.

“You may come away with a stack of titles that you want to read because guests always want to know what the authors and I are reading,” she says. “Readers just can’t get enough.”

This book club is partnered with three local bookstores – Ink Fish Books in Warren, Books on The Square in Providence and new bookstore Curiosity & Co. in Jamestown – where interested bookworms can get their own copy in advance of the event and benefit The Izzy Foundation with their purchase.

Interested in checking out more works written by Team W? Other titles are All The Ways We Said Goodbye, The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room.

The event is on August 24 at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $25, including the book talk and donation towards the Izzy Foundation. VIP tickets, which include a pre-show event at County Seat Restaurant and Lounge with the authors, a signature cocktail, food, preferred seating at the event and a donation to The Izzy Foundation, is $125. Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St., East Greenwich, eventbrite.com

 

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