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Sizzling Summer Reads

Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta and Tia Williams

Warwick's, in partnership with Grand Central Publishing, presents
Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta and Tia Williams
in conversation with Maureen Lee Lenker

Sizzling Summer Reads

Saturday, July 10, 2021 - 12:00pm PDT

Sizzling Summer Reads
Sizzling Summer Reads
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Sizzling Summer Reads, from the San Diego shores to Brooklyn and Berlin!

On Saturday, July 10th at 12:00pm PDT Warwick's, in partnership with Grand Central Publishing, will host Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta, coauthors of The View Was Exhausting, and Tia Williams, author of Seven Days in June, as they discuss their new books in conversation with Maureen Lee Lenker. Mikaella Clements’ writing has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, Hazlitt, Catapult, and more, and she was short-listed for the 2019 Galley Beggar Press Prize and highly commended for the 2019 Bridport Short Story Prize. Onjuli’s work has been published in The Billfold and Daddy magazine. Mikaella is originally from Australia and Onjuli from England; they are married and live together in Berlin. Tia Williams had a fifteen-year career as a beauty editor for magazines including Elle, Glamour, and Essence. In 2004, she pioneered the beauty blog industry with Shake Your Beauty. She wrote the bestselling novel, The Accidental Diva, and two YA novels: It Chicks, and Sixteen Candles. Her award-winning novel, The Perfect Find, will be adapted into a Netflix film starring Gabrielle Union. Tia is currently an Editorial Director at Estee Lauder Companies, and lives with her daughter and husband in Brooklyn.

  • $27 + tax and Eventbrite fee: Includes event access and your choice of The View Was Exhausting or Seven Days in June, held at Warwick's to be picked up at your convenience after the event.
  • $30.50 + tax and Eventbrite fee: Includes event access and your choice of The View Was Exhausting or Seven Days in June, shipped to your home after the event (48 contiguous states only).
  • $48.60 + tax and Eventbrite fee: Includes event access and copies of both The View Was Exhausting and Seven Days in June, held at Warwick's to be picked up at your convenience after the event.
  • $52.60 + tax and Eventbrite fee: Includes event access and copies of both The View Was Exhausting and Seven Days in June, shipped to your home after the event (48 contiguous states only).
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About The View Was Exhausting: The world can see that international A-list actress Whitman ("Win") Tagore and jet-setting playboy Leo Milanowski are made for each other. Their kisses start Twitter trends and their fights break the internet. From red carpet appearances to Met Gala mishaps, their on-again, off-again romance has titillated the public and the press for almost a decade. But it's all a lie.

As a woman of color, Win knows the Hollywood deck is stacked against her, so she's perfected the art of controlling her public persona. Whenever she nears scandal, she calls in Leo, with his endearingly reckless attitude, for a staged date. Each public display of affection shifts the headlines back in Win's favor, and Leo uses the good press to draw attention away from his dysfunctional family.

Pretending to be in a passionate romance is one thing, but Win knows that a real relationship would lead to nothing but trouble. So instead they settle for friendship, with a side of sky-rocketing chemistry. Except this time, on the French Riviera, something is off. A shocking secret in Leo's past sets Win's personal and professional lives on a catastrophic collision course. Behind the scenes of their yacht-trips and PDA, the world's favorite couple is at each other's throats. Now they must finally confront the many truths and lies of their relationship, and Win is forced to consider what is more important: a rising career, or a risky shot at real love? The View Was Exhausting is a funny, wickedly observant modern love story set against the backdrop of exotic locales and the realities of being a woman of color in a world run by men.

About Seven Days in June: Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author who, to everyone's surprise, shows up in New York. When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York's Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. They may be pretending that everything is fine now, but they can't deny their chemistry-or the fact that they've been secretly writing to each other in their books ever since. Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect, but Eva's not sure how she can trust the man who broke her heart, and she needs to get him out of New York so that her life can return to normal. But before Shane disappears again, there are a few questions she needs answered... With its keen observations of Black life and the condition of modern motherhood, as well as the consequences of motherless-ness, Seven Days in June is by turns humorous, warm and deeply sensual.

Maureen Lee Lenker is an award-winning journalist and the romance columnist for Entertainment Weekly. She’s written for the likes of The Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly, Bitch Media, Ms. Magazine, LA Weekly, and more. She holds master’s degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Southern California. When she’s not getting lost in a happily-ever-after (or trying to write her own), you can find her at the beach or watching a classic movie.

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Seven Days in June Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538719107
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 1st, 2021

The View Was Exhausting Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538734902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 6th, 2021