At Home with Literati: Louise Penny & Will Schwalbe

Friday, August 27, 2021 - 7:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Louise Penny to our At Home with Literati virtual event series in support of THE MADNESS OF CROWDS, the 17th installment of the Chief Inspector Gamache Novels. Louise will be in conversation with author Will Schwalbe.

Tickets include a hardcover copy of THE MADNESS OF CROWDS. The first 100 orders will receive a signed bookplate. Please examine ticket types and read ticket descriptions carefully.

About the book: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's latest spellbinding novel

You’re a coward. Time and again, as the New Year approaches, that charge is leveled against Armand Gamache.

It starts innocently enough.

While the residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, the Chief Inspector finds his holiday with his family interrupted by a simple request.

He’s asked to provide security for what promises to be a non-event. A visiting Professor of Statistics will be giving a lecture at the nearby university.

While he is perplexed as to why the head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec would be assigned this task, it sounds easy enough. That is until Gamache starts looking into Professor Abigail Robinson and discovers an agenda so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture.

They refuse, citing academic freedom, and accuse Gamache of censorship and intellectual cowardice. Before long, Professor Robinson’s views start seeping into conversations. Spreading and infecting. So that truth and fact, reality and delusion are so confused it’s near impossible to tell them apart.

Discussions become debates, debates become arguments, which turn into fights. As sides are declared, a madness takes hold.

Abigail Robinson promises that, if they follow her, ça va bien aller. All will be well. But not, Gamache and his team know, for everyone.

When a murder is committed it falls to Armand Gamache, his second-in-command Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and their team to investigate the crime as well as this extraordinary popular delusion.

And the madness of crowds.

LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.

WILL SCHWALBE is the New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club and Books for Living, and co-author with David Shipley of SEND: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do it Better. Will has worked in publishing, journalism, and in digital media, founding the digital recipe site He currently works at Macmillan and hosted a podcast, “But That’s Another Story.”

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