SLCL Presents Bestselling Author of “Chocolat” Joanne Harris

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Joanne Harris, author of “Chocolat," will discuss and sign the highly anticipated sequel “Peaches for Father Francis” on Tuesday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Joanne Harris, author of "Chocolat," visits SLCL

The St. Louis County Library Foundation and Left Bank Books are pleased to present the acclaimed author of “Chocolat” Joanne Harris for a discussion and signing of the highly anticipated sequel “Peaches for Father Francis.” The event will be held on Tuesday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Anyone who has read Joanne Harris’s modern classic “Chocolat” will be familiar with the deliciously warm character of Vianne Rocher. In Harris’ latest novel, “Peaches for Father Francis,” the third in the Chocolat series, it’s eight years later and Vianne receives a letter from beyond the grave from her friend Armande, summoning her back from her life on a houseboat in Paris to the quaint village of Lansquenet where she used to run her chocolate shop.

Upon returning with her daughters Anouk and Rosette, and her love Roux, who is Rosette’s father, Vianne discovers that everything and nothing has changed in Lansquenet. Her adversary, Father Francis Reynaud, still feels persecuted and misunderstood—only this time he needs Vianne’s help. Her one-time best friend, Josephine, still has an ambiguous relationship with Roux and, unbeknownst to Vianne, has an eight-year-old son born just days after Rosette. And Lansquenet itself has become more cosmopolitan and vibrant with the arrival of a large community of Moroccans. The cultural mix is welcomed by some and resented by others.

Ultimately, Vianne is left to unravel the mystery of newcomer Ines Bencharki, who is part of the new Muslim community and is stirring things up. Ines insists on dressing in the traditional full black veil, under which “she seems as impervious to hostility as she is to gossip, scandal or offers of friendship.” Tensions between these two communities reach a fever pitch, and it’s up to Vianne to discover what’s really going on before it’s too late.

Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread Award-shortlisted “Chocolat” (which was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and eleven other bestselling novels.
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit http://www.slcl.org.

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