Monday, July 23, 2012
Under the Seductive Moon of the Glittering Jazz Age
by Gabriele Wills, author of the Muskoka Trilogy
Those who were young in the 1960s tend to think that theirs was the first era of social and sexual revolution. But the 1920s was a time of radical change when Western civilization truly entered the modern age. The burgeoning middle class embraced consumerism, and soon there was a Model-T Ford – available for as little as $290 - or other automobile in nearly every yard. People enjoyed new innovations such as radio, Kleenex, rayon, electric shavers, Popsicles, air conditioning, and sexy Jantzen swimsuits – “The Suit that Changed Bathing to Swimming”.
Liberated from confining corsets and floor-sweeping gowns, women stepped out of parlours as well as domestic service to pursue careers, or at least jobs that afforded them independence. Unchaperoned, they smoked, drank illegal booze, wore daring makeup, bobbed their hair, danced the Charleston with wild abandon in nightclubs, necked with boyfriends in the back seat of automobiles, and sometimes believed in “free love”.
It was great fun to portray this sassy era - which is remembered as both “The Jazz Age” and “The Roaring 20s” - in my latest novel, Under the Moon, the third in the epic Muskoka Trilogy.For an overview, check out the book trailer on YouTube
To experience a taste of this era, join me for a book celebration aboard the Wenonah II for a 3-hour luncheon cruise on beautiful Lake Muskoka. The Gravenhurst Saxophone Quartet will serenade us with 20s music, and you can come in period costume if you like! Afterwards, you can step into summers past at the impressive Muskoka Boat and Heritage Museum, where I will make a short pictorial presentation, “Fact in Fiction”. This takes place Sunday August 26, beginning at 11:30 from the steamship docks in Gravenhurst. All-inclusive cost is $55 +HST.
Call Carlson Wagonlit Stewart Travel to reserve your seat today! 1-800-561-4275 or705-743-8683. For more information, visit TheMuskokaNovels.com
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