Cocktails & Convos with Theodore Wheeler

Date: Thursday, Jan 18                    Time: 7 PM                          Location: Dog-Eared Books

Join us in January to celebrate this historical fiction novel brings noir vibes to 1938 Paris! You can warm your chilled bones with a themed cocktail as you take in an excerpt from the book, hear the author in conversation, ask questions of your own, and get your book signed!

Tickets include both the book and the night with the author. Want to bring a family member but don’t need an extra copy of the book in your home? Add a guest ticket for $10.

The Book: Paris, 1938. Two women meet. Mielle is a shy pacifist and shunned Mennonite who struggles to fit in with the elite cohort of foreign correspondents stationed around the city; Jane is a brash, legendary American journalist, who is soon to become a fascist propagandist. When World War II makes landfall in the City of Lights, Mielle falls under Jane’s spell, growing ever more intoxicated by her glamour, self-possession, and reckless confidence. But as this recklessness devolves into militarism and an utter lack of humanity, Mielle is seized by a series of visions that show her an inescapable truth: Jane Anderson must die, and Mielle must be the one to kill her.

Structured as a series of dispatches filed from around Europe and based on the misadventures of a real journalist-turned-Nazi mouthpiece, The War Begins in Paris is a cat-and-mouse suspense that examines the relentlessness of propaganda, the allure of power, and how far one woman will go for the sake of her morality. 

Theodore Wheeler is the author of three novels: The War Begins in Paris (Little Brown, 2023), Kings of Broken Things (Little A, 2017), and In Our Other Lives (Little A, 2020). His writing has been featured in The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Narrative, LitHub, and many more journals. He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Nebraska Arts Council, and Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. He has received residencies and support from institutions including the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, AWP Intro Journals Award, Nebraska Book Awards.

For fourteen years Theodore worked as a journalist who covered law and politics, including the last two presidential elections, and now teaches creative writing in the English Department at Creighton University. He is also director of Omaha Lit Fest and, with his wife, operates Dundee Book Company, an independent neighborhood bookshop.

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