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St. Louis County Library Foundation and the JCC of St. Louis are pleased to host an SLCL Authors @ the J event with #1 bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian  for a discussion and signing of “The Princess of Las Vegas.”  The event will take place on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the JCC’s Staenberg Family Center – Mirowitz Performing Arts Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146.

Chris Bohjalian will be in conversation with KMOX News Anchor Debbie Monterrey.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Bestselling author of “The Flight Attendant,” Chris Bohjalian presents a twisting tale of organized crime, cryptocurrency, and family secrets on the Las Vegas strip. 

A locally famous Princess Diana impersonator, Crissy Dowling has created a world that suits her perfectly. She passes her days by the pool in a private cabana, she splurges on ice cream but never gains an ounce, and each evening she transforms into a Princess, performing her musical cabaret inspired by the life of the late Diana Spencer. 

Some might find Crissy strange or even delusional, an American speaking with a British accent, hair feathered into a style thirty years old, living and working in a casino that has become a dated trash heap. And yet, fans see her for the gifted chameleon she is, showering her with gifts, letters, and standing ovations night after night. 

But when Crissy’s sister, Betsy, arrives in town with a new boyfriend and a teenage daughter, and when Richie Morley, the owner of the Buckingham Palace Casino, is savagely murdered, Crissy’s carefully constructed kingdom comes crashing down all around her. A riveting tale of identity, obsession, fintech, and high-tech mobsters, “The Princess of Las Vegas” is an addictive, wildly original thriller from one of our most extraordinary storytellers.

Chris Bohjalian is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-three books including “Hour of the Witch,” “The Red Lotus,” “Midwives,” and “The Flight Attendant,” basis for the hit HBO Max television series starring Kaley Cuoco. His novels “Secrets of Eden,” “Midwives,” and “Past the Bleachers” were made into movies, and his work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

Program sites are accessible. With at least two weeks' notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Call 314-994-3300 or contact us

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