Seattle author Stella Mowen launched her debut novel, Until the Beat Stops last month, and the launch party was a glittering affair, as over 400 supporters enjoyed, music, cocktails, art, literature and great food, in the hopping South Lake Union neighborhood. The event brought together the artsy and high tech, including revelers from Microsoft, Nordstrom, Amazon (film & music) and Seattle taste-makers.
The evening began with mingling in the elegantly lit room, illuminated by candles and walls strewn with lights. Pink Ladies and Dark and Stormy drinks were sipped while DJ Alex from Minus the Bear provided the soundtrack. The woman of the hour, Stella Mowen signed copies of her book that were available at the event. The host of the evening was Seattle business woman Jane Mueter, who introduced Mowen before the author read a passage from her book that was both moving and encouraging. It left several of us teary-eyed.
Until the Beat Stops follows the story of five lifelong friends who gain strength and wholeness through art, romance and adventure despite many tribulations. Stella wrote this book to “help people realize that they are not alone when life throws something unexpected at you and that you are strong enough to get through it.”
As well as being a tech executive, Stella herself works for a nonprofit, The First Hill, an online platform originally created to help breast cancer patients deal with the ambiguity of their future and help them find a renewed sense of purpose in life. Ten years later, The First Hill transformed into a site for all walks of life to live forever by creating unique digital stories.
Grace Johnson, a close friend of Stella said that she and others have been touched by cancer in some way and so worked tirelessly to put this night together to remember those taken by cancer, as well as survivors. A silent auction gave attendees the opportunity to bid on gifts fashioned to draw the eye and treat the palette. A portion of the evenings ticket sales went to Making Strides against Breast Cancer, South Sound Chapter. Sponsors included Simple and Crisp, New Belgium, Tito’s Vodka, Schilling Ciders and Proletariat Wines.
Bringing the room back to a festive mood, the headlining entertainer of the evening, rising Seattle star Shaprece nailed a stunning performance, with smoky vocals over electronic tones. Old school groove updated with new sounds brought together by a powerful female voice—it provided a perfect coda to a night where so many were united to celebrate love triumphing over loss. I am looking forward to reading the novel that made for the occasion. Get your copy online.