Random House Reader’s Circle Live!
with Lisa Wingate

Random House Book Club Event Featuring Lisa Wingate's

May 23, 2018 in New York, NY

Join Random House Reader’s Circle Live! for the opportunity to meet with other book lovers to discuss Lisa Wingate’s New York Times bestselling novel, BEFORE WE WERE YOURS, a story inspired by the true events behind one of America’s most far-reaching adoption scandals. The event will be held at our flagship office in New York City on Wednesday, May 23 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Like every great book club gathering, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served as guests break out into small groups for discussions led by Random House staff. After the conversation, Lisa will join the group to share her thoughts about the novel, her writing process, and where she got the idea that led to BEFORE WE WERE YOURS.

The $45 ticket price includes a hardcover copy of BEFORE WE WERE YOURS. The book will be delivered to your door prior to the event.

About Our Pick:

*Winner, 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction

“A [story] of a family lost and found . . . A poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets.”People

Inspired by firsthand accounts of the stories behind a notoriously corrupt adoption agency, the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, this riveting novel describes a woman investigating her family’s hidden secrets and discovering a community’s tragic, scandalous past.

Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone on the family shantyboat one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must protect her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their home on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of the infamous Georgia Tann, director of the Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society.

South Carolina, Present Day. Avery Stafford has lived a charmed life. Loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, she has a promising career as an assistant D.A. in Baltimore and a wedding on the horizon. But when Avery comes home to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with a stranger leaves her deeply shaken. Avery’s decision to learn more about the woman’s life will take her on a journey through a family mystery and long-hidden secrets that could change everything.

The Random House Reader’s Circle Live! series—held at the publisher’s flagship office in Manhattan—is a chance for readers to come together to discuss a novel provided by Random House. These lively literary gatherings offer guests exclusive access to a deeper conversation with fellow readers, as well as the chance to meet the author for more insight into their stories.

Event Details

What was Included

  • Guaranteed seating
  • A copy of BEFORE WE WERE YOURS mailed to your door
  • An Advance Reader's Edition or finished book of one of our favorite new reads
  • In conversation interview, audience Q&A, and book signing with Lisa Wingate
  • Wine & hors d'oeuvres

Date & Time

May 23, 2018
Doors Open at 5:30PM; Book Club begins at 6:00PM to 8:00 PM


New York, NY

Random House
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019


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Travel Details

Random House Reader's Circle Live!  is held at Random House, located near Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The address is -  1745 Broadway (between 55th and 56th Streets), New York, NY 10019.

Subway N, Q, R, W to 57th Street – 7th Avenue ; B, D, E to 7th Avenue – 53rd Street; 1, A, B, C, D to 59th Street – Columbus Circle

About the Hosts

© Whitley Lind

LISA WINGATE is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and the author of more than twenty mainstream novels, including the national bestseller Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol Award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner.