Omaha Public Library is pleased to welcome author Timothy Schaffert for a virtual discussion on Thursday, August 5, at 6 p.m. Schaffert is the author of “The Perfume Thief,” and five other novels, including “The Swan Gondola,” “The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God,” “The Coffins of Little Hope,” “Devils in the Sugar Shop,” and “The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters.” The discussion about Schaffert’s new book will be available through Crowdcast, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions through the online platform during this live event. Five lucky participants will receive signed copies of “The Perfume Thief.” Registration is required at omahalibrary.org or crowdcast.io/e/timothy-schaffert/register.
“The Perfume Thief,” scheduled to release on August 3, is set in Paris on the eve of World War II, where Clementine, a queer American ex-pat and notorious thief, is drawn out of retirement and into one last scam when the Nazis invade. Complete with romance, espionage, champagne towers, and haute couture, this full-tilt sensory experience is a dazzling portrait of the underground resistance of twentieth-century Paris and a passionate love letter to the power of beauty and community in the face of insidious hate.
Schaffert grew up on a farm in Nebraska and now lives in Omaha. He is the director of the creative writing program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the curator of the “50 Years of LGBTQ Studies at UNL” festival and exhibit. Schaffert’s previous works have received such accolades as The New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, an Oprah.com Book of the Week, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, among other honors. Learn more at theperfumethief.com.
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