Kate Cambor's Gilded Youth: Three Lives in France's Belle Epoque centers on a trio of young celebrities, more famous for who they're related to than for anything they've done. The novel, based on history, chronicles the intertwined lives of Jean-Baptiste Charcot (his dad, Jean-Martin Charcot, was Sigmund Freud's mentor), Léon Daudet (his dad, Alphonse Daudet, was a writer who hung out with Tolstoy) and Jeanne Hugo (her grandfather was writer Victor Hugo). Despite the silver spoons in their mouths, the three had the misfortune to be born at the end of the gilded age, when opulence was being replaced with war. Cambor reads and signs her book today at 7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit www.brazosbookstore.com. Free.
Thu., Oct. 1, 7 p.m., 2009