‘Meet Me At The Biltmore’ — Author At BotS

(6.14) Writer Amanda Quay Blount will be discussing her book Meet Me at the Biltmore: 100 Years at Providence’s Most Storied Hotel, this Wednesday at Books on the Square.

On June 6, 1922, thousands of people gathered in downtown Providence to witness the grand opening of the most modern hotel of its day: the awe-inspiring Providence Biltmore Hotel. Since that fateful day, the Biltmore has captured the imaginations of local patrons and distant travelers alike, providing luxury accommodation to such celebrities as Babe Ruth, John F. Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Louis Armstrong, the Von Trapp Family, Maya Angelou, the Rolling Stones, and Providence’s infamous mayor, Buddy Cianci. The story of the Biltmore is a sensational drama of scandal, secrets and high society. With characters ranging from crooked politicians and mobsters to bootleggers and Hollywood stars, the Biltmore has provided the backdrop for some of the highest highs and lowest lows of Providence in the last century. Now, for the first time in its hundred-year history, the storied past of the Providence Biltmore Hotel comes to life in this meticulously researched tale of the rise, fall, and renaissance of Rhode Island’s capital city, as seen through the eyes of one of its most iconic landmarks.

Rhode Island Monthly spoke with the author about the book, and she has unearthed some fun stuff: Raymond Patriarca was a bellboy?

I hope there is more about the famous Bacchante Girls, although an effort back in 1996 to contact those still living for a reunion, could only find one photo of the “leggy hostesses with sheer skirts who served up food, drinks and conversation to customers in the 1930s and 1940s.”

Blount lives in Providence with her husband, daughter, their pet rabbit, Arthur, and the family dog, Rye. Upon moving to the city, she could not find a book about the hotel (now the Graduate Providence) so she decided to write one.

Meet the Author, 6pm, Wednesday, June 14, Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street, (directions)

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