LIAM CALLANAN- In Person Author Event

In Person Author Event


in conversation with 
Lisa Baudoin 

Wednesday, May 10th
2:00 p.m.
Books & Company 
registration required





Join us for a lovely afternoon event with author Liam Callanan for his new novel When in Rome- the story of an opportunity to start over at midlife, a chance to save a struggling convent in the Eternal City, and the dramatic re-emergence of an old flame. Callanan will be in conversation with Books & Company owner Lisa Baudoin. 


About the book:
Meet Claire: fifty-two, desperate to do something new and get a fresh start. Enter the chance to go to Rome: Home to a struggling convent facing a precipitous end, the city beckons Claire, who's long had a complicated relationship with religion, including a "missed connection" with convent life in her teens. Once in Rome, she finds a group of funny, fearless nuns in a gorgeous villa, beautiful runs throughout a color-saturated city, and a chance to reflect. It all leads her to an unexpected question--should she join the convent?--and an answer that startles her as much as it does those closest to her. It also startles Marcus, a once-buzzy actor, devastatingly handsome, who is eternally in love with Claire. Marcus has come and gone from Claire's life since college but now reappears in Rome just as she's about to decide what's next. As Claire searches for her higher calling, she finds the key to her future may lay in her past--and involves an actual key. The nuns swear it unlocks nothing, but on a night when choices and voices swirl, Claire finds a long-hidden lock. A look at faith, in oneself as much as a higher power, and love, romantic and familial, lost and found, this is the thoroughly charming story of one woman who sets out to rewrite her past and future, only to be surprised by the plot twists life plants . . . when in Rome .


About the author: 
Liam Callanan is a novelist, teacher, and journalist. His novel Paris by the Book, a national bestseller, was translated into multiple languages and won the 2019 Edna Ferber Prize. He's also the 2017 winner of the Hunt Prize, and his first novel, The Cloud Atlas, was a finalist for an Edgar Award. Liam's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle, and he's recorded numerous essays for public radio. He's also taught for the Warren Wilson MFA program for writers, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and lives in Wisconsin with his wife and daughters.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
1039 Summit Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066-4457
When in Rome: A Novel By Liam Callanan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593184073
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - March 14th, 2023

Paris by the Book: A Novel By Liam Callanan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101986295
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - January 15th, 2019

The Cloud Atlas: A Novel By Liam Callanan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385336956
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - October 26th, 2004