Vroman’s presents Alice Hoffman, in conversation with Camilla Belle, discussing The Invisible Hour

Author Alice Hoffman ticketed event details for August 19th at 5pm

One brilliant June day when Mia Jacob can no longer see a way to survive, the power of words saves her. The Scarlet Letter was written almost two hundred years earlier, but it seems to tell the story of Mia's mother, Ivy, and their life inside the Community--an oppressive cult in western Massachusetts where contact with the outside world is forbidden, and books are considered evil. But how could this be? How could Nathaniel Hawthorne have so perfectly captured the pain and loss that Mia carries inside her?

Through a journey of heartbreak, love, and time, Mia must abandon the rules she was raised with at the Community. As she does, she realizes that reading can transport you to other worlds or bring them to you, and that readers and writers affect one another in mysterious ways. She learns that time is more fluid than she can imagine, and that love is stronger than any chains that bind you.

As a girl Mia fell in love with a book. Now as a young woman she falls in love with a brilliant writer as she makes her way back in time. But what if Nathaniel Hawthorne never wrote The Scarlet Letter? And what if Mia Jacob never found it on the day she planned to die?

Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote: "A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities."

This is the story of one woman's dream. For a little while it came true. (Atria Books)

Camilla Belle has been acting for over 35 years. After working as a child actor on such films as A Little Princess, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Practical Magic, she went on to garner a great deal of acclaim for her work opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in The Ballad of Jack and Rose. She has also starred in such films as From Prada to Nada, The Chumscrubber, 10,000BC, Push, and When a Stranger Calls. She recently starred in one of Tubi’s first original films entitled 10 Truths About Love, and can also be seen in the Netflix Korea original film entitled Carter. She is also a producer, writer, and director having produced several documentaries, directed commercials and a feature anthology, and has a handful of projects in development.

Tickets include one copy of Invisible Hour, which will be handed out at check-in. Books will be pre-signed so there will not be a book signing following the talk.

This ticketed event will take place at All Saints Church Forum located at 132 N Euclid Ave, Pasadena.


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Event date: 
Saturday, August 19, 2023 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
All Saints Church
132 N Euclid Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101