Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome Alana White to celebrate her new book, The Hearts of All on Fire, in conversation with Tracy Barrett.
This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30pm Central Time. Because space will be limited, registration is required to attend this event. Please register for free by filling out the form below! (Note: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, please call the store at 615-953-2243 at least 24 hours before the event so your space can be provided to another guest.) Masks are strongly encouraged during this event.
About the Book
Florence, 1473. An impossible murder. A bitter rivalry. A serpent in the ranks.
Florentine investigator Guid'Antonio Vespucci returns to Florence from a government mission to find his dreams of success shattered. Life is good-but then a wealthy merchant dies from mushroom poisoning at Guid'Antonio's Saint John's Day table, and Guid'Antonio's servant is charged with murder. Convinced of the youth's innocence and fearful the killer may strike again, Guid'Antonio launches a private investigation into the merchant's death, unaware that at the same time powerful enemies are conspiring to overthrow the Florentine Republic-and him.
A clever, richly evocative tale for lovers of medieval and Renaissance mysteries everywhere, The Hearts of All on Fire is a timeless story of family relationships coupled with themes of love, loss, betrayal and, above all, hope in a challenging world.
About the Author
Alana White’s fascination with the Italian Renaissance led to her first short historical mystery fiction, then to the award-winning Guid’Antonio Vespucci mystery series featuring real-life Florentine lawyer Guid'Antonio Vespucci and his adventurous nephew, Amerigo Vespucci (who later "discovered America"), as they investigate crime in fifteenth-century Florence, Italy. Currently, she is writing Book Three in the series.
Alana's articles and book reviews appear regularly in the "Historical Novels Review." In children's books (Middle Grade), she is the author of "Come Next Spring", a coming-of-age novel set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in the 1940s, and a biography, "Sacagawea: Westward with Lewis and Clark."
A graduate of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Alana lives in Nashville with her ever-patient husband, two feisty Schnauzers, and one watchful cat.
About Tracy Barrett
Tracy Barrett has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. She’s much too interested in too many things to stick to one genre, and has published nonfiction as well as historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth and fairy-tale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels. She knows more about ancient Greece and Rome and the European Middle Ages than anyone really needs to know, can read lots of dead languages, and used to jump out of airplanes.
Tracy grew up near New York City, and went to college in New England and graduate school in California. She majored in Classics and earned a Ph.D. in Medieval Italian. She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers and won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005. She taught Italian and other subjects at Vanderbilt University for almost thirty years. She lives in Tennessee with her 6’7” husband (also a former skydiver), a rescue cat, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.