Avid followers and first-time readers are invited to join us for a special evening with Jamie Ford, the author of the stunning debut novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. We’ll mix and mingle with wine and refreshments beginning at 6:30 pm, where guests can meet fellow book lovers and pick up book club reading lists. Then at 7:00 pm, Jamie Ford will present Love and Other Consolation Prizes ($28.00 Ballantine), which offers a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration. For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World's Fair feels like a gift. But only once he's there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off--a healthy boy "to a good home." Love and Other Consolation Prizes is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion--in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale.