The novel selected for the 2012 “A Novel Idea” program is Rules of
Civility by Amor Towles.
"Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed
year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named Katey Kontent.
Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand
of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through
the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future." - from the
This year, A Novel Idea kicks off on April 14 and culminates with two author presentations
on May 4th and 5th. The first author presentation is scheduled for the Tower
Theatre on Friday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. and the second event is scheduled for Sisters
High School on Saturday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are free, but needed for the
Tower Theatre event. Tickets will be available online (www.towertheatre.org), by phone at
(541) 317-0700, or at the Tower Theatre box office during regular business hours
beginning Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m.
Born in 1964, Amor Towles was raised in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated
from Yale College and received an M.A. in English from Stanford University. He is
a principal at an investment firm in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and
Mr. Towles is an ardent fan of early 20th century painting, 1950’s jazz, 1970’s
cop shows, rock & roll on vinyl, obsolete accessories, manifestoes, breakfast pastries,
pasta, liquor, snow-days, Tuscany, Provence, Disneyland, Hollywood, the cast of
Casablanca, 007, Captain Kirk, Bob Dylan (early, mid, and late phases), the wee
hours, card games, cafés, and the cookies made by both of his grandmothers.
His first novel, Rules of Civility, is being translated into sixteen
languages. The book was on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Boston
Globe and Los Angeles Times, among others. The book was also identified
as one of the top ten works of fiction in 2011 by the Wall Street Journal.
About A Novel Idea
What would happen if everyone in Deschutes County read the same book? The benefits
could be as simple as building a sense of community through discussions of a mutual
interest or as complex as breaking down certain barriers within our county. Whatever
the outcome, “A Novel Idea...Read Together” celebrates the importance of books and
the role they play in our diverse community.