Book Signing set for December 11 in the Flatiron District

Book signing, Dec. 11, 2016

Save the Date: December 11, 2016

Book Signing of Pearl’s Party…and you’re invited at Reverie from 1o a.m. to 5 p.m. with a reading at 2:00

Drop by Gallery 119 at 40 W. 25th Street in the Flatiron District, Manhattan and shop for great discounts on estate and vintage jewelry.  Bring your friends!

Pearl’s Party…and you’re invited, an intimate, personal memoir by new indie author, Billie Tekel Elias, will be feted at Reverie on Sunday, December 11, 2016, it was announced today. The book chronicles the escapades of an unusual mother through the eyes of her only child. Self-published through Createspace, the book is available in paperback at and ebook.

Reverie is a vintage and estate jewelry boutique in Gallery 119, downstairs in the Showplace Antiques+Design Center located at 40 West 25th Street in the Flatiron District of Manhattan.  Besides jewelry for men and women, the charming shop also offers a carefully curated selection of vintage dresses, hats, handbags and art. The signing will take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. with a reading by the author at 2:00.  Holiday shoppers will enjoy a 10% discount on estate jewelry and 20% off everything else.

The book is a musical homage to the author’s unconventional Auntie Mame-like mother: Pearl. Following her avant-garde1959 divorce, Pearl was charged with supporting her only child, a five year old girl. Blazing a trail in several unique businesses like custom-blending cosmetics and founding a posh dog-grooming salon was only the start.  The two forged a close relationship over the next five decades. This mother exposed her daughter to Picasso’s erotica, dog matings and cross-dressing gay friends.  The duo traveled together and partied together as best friends.  Ms. Elias thought she knew everything there was to know about her mother, but she learned more as she was researching the book and exploring the clues her mother left behind.  The lesson she hopes others will take away is: it’s never too early to find out all you want to know about your loved ones.

Music of the 1930s, ’40s and beyond is woven through the memoir, as are the artifacts and bits of ephemera that her daughter unveiled as she prepared Pearl’s home for sale following her death. Robert Rawlins, professor of music theory, said, “In this delightful book, Billie Tekel Elias tells the story of her adorable, fun-loving mother, a woman who believed in enjoying life and set about proving it with a vengeance. By the end, not only will you wish you had known Pearl, you’ll feel like you actually did. Descriptions of the good times mother and daughter shared together will be especially meaningful for those who have fond memories of the famous entertainment spots in the Philadelphia/Atlantic City region, but their excursions brought them to many other places as well. Pearl’s Party is a fun read that is sure to bring back a memory or two, and make you wish you could have been there.”



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