Columbus: "The Night She Won Miss America" by Michael Callahan
Join us Tuesday, April 18th at 7pm for the launch of The Night She Won Miss America by Michael Callahan.
Inspired by a true story, in The Night She Won Miss America, Betty Jane Welch reluctantly enters the Miss Delaware contest to make her mother happy, only to surprisingly find herself the judges’ choice. Just like that, she’s catapulted into the big time, the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. Luckily, her pageant-approved escort for the week is the dashing but mercurial Griffin McAllister, and she falls for him hard. But when the spirited Betty unexpectedly wins the crown and sash, she finds she may lose what she wants most: Griff’s love. To keep him, she recklessly agrees to run away together. But who exactly is this man Betty trusted with her future? From the flashy carnival of the Boardwalk to the shadowy streets of Manhattan to a cliffside mansion in gilded Newport, the chase is on as the cops and a scrappy reporter secretly in love with the beauty queen threaten to unravel everything—and expose Griff’s darkest secret.
Michael Callahan has done extensive archival research to get the details of The Night She Won Miss America just right and he’s interviewed many former pageant contestants to vividly bring backstage at a pageant to life. Callahan is no stranger to glamour, currently serving as a contributing contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of the novel Searching for Grace Kelly. A former deputy editor at Town & Country and Marie Claire, he has written for more than two dozen national and international publications, including ELLE, Departures, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Hollywood Reporter, and the New York Times. He lives in Philadelphia.