Local author Lisa Gery will be appearing at The Book Nook in Boyertown on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. She will be promoting her book “The Persistence of Vision.”

This is the same weekend as the 111th anniversary of the Rhoads Opera House fire, which occurred in the same building where The Book Nook is now located. This historic tragedy partly inspired the events in Lisa’s book.

“In the sweltering summer of 1908 the people of Evansville are abuzz over the construction of the town’s first cinema, the Walt Theater. Annie Bartolet is witnessing the Walt’s progress firsthand, married to the project’s construction manager, Henry. As young parents, they are struggling to adapt to parenthood, and the changes in their own relationship. When Henry’s unemployed cousin Daniel comes to stay with them — a teenager on the cusp of adulthood with a past shrouded in vague secrecy — it places a new strain on an already complicated marriage. Seemingly insignificant, the motivations and decisions of this struggling family converge to set in motion a chain of events that lead to a disaster that will devastate the town — a horrific fire at the Walt Theater on opening night that reduces the town’s cherished jewel to ashes. In the aftermath of the tragedy, they must all confront the roles they played and the ramifications they face as they endeavor to find a way forward.”

Copies of Lisa’s book will be available for sale at The Book Nook during the book-signing. Free refreshments will be served.

Lisa Gery, the author of "The Persistence of Vision," lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband. She enjoys exploring historic houses and sites for inspiration. She grew up near Boyertown, the site of the Rhoads Opera House Fire in 1908, which partly inspired this novel. Her work deals primarily with the themes of life, love and death, and the point at which the three intersect.

The Book Nook is an independently owned and operated used book store located at 130 E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown. While specializing in used books, they have previously hosted other book-signings. Authors, Will Carpenter, Thomas Malafarina and Todd Keisling, just to name a few, have previously held book-signing events at The Book Nook.

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