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NAACP Image Award Finalist and Local Author Trisha R. Thomas at Cellar Door!

We're thrilled to host local author, Trisha R. Thomas, to celebrate the release of her newest novel, The Secret Keeper of Main Street, on Thursday, June 6th at 6:00pm. Trisha R. Thomas is an acclaimed author whose 14 other books have been nominated for and received awards, and had her novel Nappily Ever After made into a Netflix major motion picture! To have such a celebrated storyteller here in Riverside is an absolute treat and we can't wait for her to visit us. Don't miss the opportunity to meet Trisha and have her sign your copy of The Secret Keeper of Main Street (out on June 4th), a lightly magical, thought-provoking story about a young Black woman in mid 20th century America, touching on issues of race, sexual assault, queer identity, and small-town secrets.

1954: In the quaint town of Mendol, Oklahoma, Bailey Dowery is a Black dressmaker for the wives and daughters of local oil barons. She earns a good living fitting designer gowns and creating custom wedding dresses for the town’s elite. But beyond her needle and thread lies a deeper talent, one passed down from her mother: the gift of insight. With just a fleeting touch or brush against the skin, Bailey has sudden flashes of intuition—witnessing the other person’s hopes, dreams, and nightmares, as well glimpses of their past and future. To protect herself, she wears gloves to keep from grazing the skin of her clients as she pins them into their gowns. Brides have whispered that Bailey can see if their true love is faithful, or if their marriage will be a success. Her aunt Charlene has always warned her, “It’s safer to stay out of White folks’ business.” But Bailey will reluctantly provide a reading during a fitting, as long as the bride promises to be discreet. Now Elsa Grimes, daughter of one of the richest oil men in Oklahoma, has come to the Regal Gown as the least joyful bride Bailey has ever seen. Elsa’s big society wedding is imminent and her gown is gorgeous, but what Bailey’s intuition uncovers when she touches Elsa’s hand horrifies her. Against her better judgment, she’s determined to help Elsa in whatever way she can. But when the son of a prominent family turns up dead on the eve of Elsa’s wedding, and the bride-to-be is arrested for his murder, Bailey is suddenly at the center of a firestorm that threatens to overtake her and everyone she loves.

Trisha R. Thomas is the author of the popular Nappily series. Her debut novel Nappily Ever After was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, chosen for Oprah Magazine as a Book That Made A Difference, and became a Netflix major motion picture starring Sanaa Lathan. She is a Literary Lion Award honoree by the King County Library Foundation. She has written 14 novels and featured in O Magazine, Glamour, Seattle Times, Essence Magazine, and The Mary Sue. Trisha fearlessly explores the complexities of human relationships, delving into topics such as love, family, identity, and societal issues. 

Purchase The Secret Keeper of Main Street below and have her sign it at the event!

Event date: 
Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
473 E. Alessandro Blvd.
Suite B
Riverside, CA 92508
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ISBN: 9780063344167
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Published: William Morrow - June 4th, 2024