Join us on Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00 p.m. for a reading and discussion with Amanda Quay Blount, author of Meet Me at the Biltmore.
Meet Me at the Biltmore: 100 Years at Providence's Most Storied Hotel by Amanda Quay Blount
"Amanda Quay Blount deftly employs the lens of a historic landmark hotel to bring 20th-century Providence to life as a crossroads of American business, politics and society. It’s a must read for anyone who values experiencing and preserving the history of America’s treasured places."--Debra Mecky, Executive Director and CEO, Greenwich Historical Society
On June 6, 1922, thousands of people gathered in downtown Providence to witness the grand opening of the most modern hotel of its day: the awe-inspiring Providence Biltmore Hotel. Since that fateful day, the Biltmore has captured the imaginations of local patrons and distant travelers alike, providing luxury accommodation to such celebrities as Babe Ruth, John F. Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Louis Armstrong, the Von Trapp Family, Maya Angelou, the Rolling Stones, and Providence’s infamous mayor, Buddy Cianci. The story of the Biltmore is a sensational drama of scandal, secrets and high society. With characters ranging from crooked politicians and mobsters to bootleggers and Hollywood stars, the Biltmore has provided the backdrop for some of the highest highs and lowest lows of Providence in the last century. Now, for the first time in its hundred-year history, the storied past of the Providence Biltmore Hotel comes to life in this meticulously researched tale of the rise, fall, and renaissance of Rhode Island’s capital city, as seen through the eyes of one of its most iconic landmarks.
Amanda Quay Blount is a New Jersey native but lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband, daughter, their pet rabbit, Arthur, and the family dog, Rye. When she isn’t researching and writing historical fiction and nonfiction, Amanda runs a nonprofit organization and is a strategic planning consultant. She has traveled extensively around the world, collecting stories along the way. Amanda believes that it is a profound privilege to be able to tell other people’s stories through her writing and is grateful for the opportunity to share some of these with the world. Meet Me at The Biltmore is her first book.