East City Bookshop welcomes Kate Stayman-London with her debut novel One to Watch, a feminist satire imbued with comedy, cultural criticism, and heart, in conversation with Jasmine Guillory.
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About One to Watch
Bea Schumacher is a confident, devastatingly stylish fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, and legions of Insta followers — and a massively broken heart. Like everyone else, she loves watching (and live-tweeting about) Main Squeeze, the over-the-top reality dating show where throngs of suitors compete for the attention of a lead who might as well be a Victoria's Secret model. But while Bea is taken with the romance and the luxury of it all, she can’t help but be frustrated. Couldn’t Main Squeeze cast a plus-size lead for once? After all, the average American woman is most definitely not a size 0. After voicing these frustrations in a wine-induced tweetstorm, Bea receives the opportunity of a lifetime: Main Squeeze heard her complaints, and wants to cast her as the star of their next season.
Though Bea agrees, she knows she won’t actually fall in love. She is only doing this to boost her career, travel the world, and hopefully inspire women across the country while subverting harmful anti-fat beauty standards. But Bea soon realizes that things are more complicated than she ever anticipated. As the cameras start rolling and her suitors start vying for her attention, Bea must sort out what is real from what is fantasy – and maybe find real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairytale.
About Kate Stayman-London
Kate Stayman-London is a novelist, screenwriter, and political strategist. She served as lead digital writer for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and has written for notable figures ranging from President Obama and Malala Yousafzai to Anna Wintour and Cher. When not writing or traveling, Kate can be found obsessively ranking Taylor Swift songs, laughing loudly with friends over really good bottles of wine, and of course, watching reality TV. She lives in Los Angeles.
About Jasmine Guillory
Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of five romance novels, including The Wedding Date and the recent Party of Two. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and Time. She lives in Oakland, California.