MANCHESTER - Amor Towles will present his acclaimed debut novel, "Rules of Civility," Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

The New York Times best-selling novel that "enchants on first reading and only improves on the second" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) also hit No. 1 on the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists (as well as being a San Francisco Chronicle, Indie Bound and Publishers Weekly bestseller), is a sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose. One of the most successful and most warmly embraced - by critics, readers, and booksellers, alike - first novels to have been published last year, "Rules of Civility" is a splendid, smart and intensely satisfying read.

This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society, where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New York's social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, "Rules of Civility" won the hearts of readers and critics alike.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore web site at www.northshire.com.