Novelist Alison Atlee @ Carmichael’s

Friday, Feb. 1

Carmichael’s Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Ave. • 896-6950
Free; 7 p.m.

Historical novelist Alison Atlee is coming to Carmichael’s to promote “The Typewriter Girl.” This trade-paperback original is the debut for the local author, and it’s garnered significant attention (e.g., starred review in Publisher’s Weekly) even before showing up on store shelves. Betsey Dobson wants to move ahead in life just as England is moving ahead into a new century — the 20th. She understands that she can’t depend on luck and the kindnesses of employers and those who otherwise have authority in late-Victorian society. Unfortunately, Betsey’s means to act upon ambition might just have caused her professional downfall. But can she find a truer calling in less-traditional circumstances? A seaside resort — and the companionship of a man whose talents and lifestyle shade just a bit toward a realistic version of steampunk — are beckoning to Betsey. A bright career beckons for Atlee. —T.E. Lyons

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