Chicago author brings together a teen detective, art museums and shopping

| March 11, 2016 | Comments (0)

SouthernGothic_300Chicago author Bridgette Alexander brings to life a 16-year-old detective who has already built a social media following even before her first adventure hits the shelves. Celine Caldwell, star of Southern Gothic: A Celine Caldwell Mystery (Paris 1865 Press, March 15), will bring teens inside the rarefied world of art as she solves an art heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Called an “urbane and privileged heroine for a new generation” by School Library Journal, Alexander’s heroine, Celine Caldwell draws inspiration from Nancy Drew but, according to Alexander “is a young woman all her own – bi-racial with a cadre of loyal friends, themselves of mixed race and backgrounds.” What these characters share is “a reverence for the art world and a devotion to Celine, who is determined to unravel a complex tale involving blackmail, secrets, land theft, the Ku Klux Klan, and cover-up of a century-old murder from America’s darkest past. And Celine must solve it correctly and well before it destroys her own mother’s career as renowned curator of the revered Metropolitan Museum of Art.”

The author, art historian Bridgette R. Alexander combines her art history expertise with her writing skills to create a heroine for a new generation. While their mothers read Nancy Drew, the world has changed greatly since she hit the book shelves. Celine is a girl who uses her resources, and those of her friends, to uncover her place in the world and solve the crime. She proves to a new generation that girls can do anything. Along the way, readers learn about art history, the language of art, ownership of a painting, and the story behind a painting. It’s art history wrapped in a mystery for girls to enjoy.

The story inspired Alexander to create her own publishing company. Paris 1865, a division of Late Bloom Productions LLC, will “publish children’s and teen fiction primarily focused on art, the history of art, lifestyle and politics. Books will be dedicated to helping overcome bias in how readers view stories, art, or present day relationships because art and history teach readers how crucial that is for a safe and secure future.”

In a uniquely modern twist, Alexander has teamed with high-end retailers to create unique events to bring Celine Caldwell to the public. Here are some of the Chicago events currently scheduled. For complete information, visit the Celine Caldwell website.

March 17, 2016
Henri Bendel, Chicago flagship
Water Tower Place
Book Launch & Signing
Bendel will offer $25 gift card & raffle for HB signature handbag

April 2, 2016 
Clarins USA and Bloomingdales,
900 N. Michigan Avenue
Book Launch & Signing/Clarins National Make Artist – makeovers

April 10, 2016
Clarins USA and Bloomingdales
North Shore – Chicagoland area
Old Orchard Mall, Skokie
Storewide Book Launch & signing, fashion and beauty event


Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of Bridgette Alexander.

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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