Happy New Year! Happy Hour with Tim Johnston and B.A. Shapiro!
Don't miss this! An Algonquin Table for Two Amazing Authors!
Friday, January 8th, 2016
Inkwood will provide complimentary wine and light appetizers.
Descent by Tim Johnston is out in paperback and if you've been living under a rock, it is one of Stefani's favorite books this year (see crazy photos below). She pretty much made everyone buy it in hardcover or give it as a gift and the other booksellers were crazy with jealousy or just really sick of hearing her talk about how great...blah, blah, blah, this book is. But, it really is an amazing read. If you haven't read it, please come get it now and read before the book signing or come to the signing and grab a copy and meet Tim.
And as an EXTRA SPECIAL TREAT another Inkwood favorite and Algonquin bestselling author, B.A. Shapiro, will be here with her new novel, The Muralist. You may remember her bestselling Art Forger, The Muralist is another spellbinding art mystery.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Charles Lindbergh, and other remarkable personages of 20th-century history all make appearances in this novel about a fictional Works Progress Administration muralist, Alizee Benoit, who mysteriously disappears in New York City while trying to obtain visas for her Jewish family trapped in Europe during World War II. The narrative alternates between the 1930s and 1940s and the present as Alizee's great-niece tries to find out what happened to her aunt and her art. As with the "The Art Forger", Shapiro weaves her research and art history expertise into an enjoyable and highly readable novel. [A November LibraryReads pick.--Ed.] READ-ALIKE Lisa Barr's "Fugitive Colors". Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, who are taking a family vacation before their daughter leaves for college. But when Caitlin disappears during an early morning run with her brother, Sean, the mountains become as terrifying as they are majestic."
After The Art Forger, B.A. Shapiro reenters the world of art with The Muralist, a historical novel about the birth of the Abstract Expressionist movement. The Muralist is filled with avant-garde artists of the era like Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko and Krasner, but the novel is primarily centered on the fictional AlizEe Benoit, who hung out with the others at the Village's Jumble Shop, and eventually convinced Eleanor Roosevelt to provide Works Progress Administration funding for two murals in the city. On the verge of fame, Benoit disappeared, leaving only rumors and two paintings inherited by her great-niece Dani Abrams, the novel's narrator. Dani lethargically works for an auction house among low-level cataloguers "with undergraduate art degrees from classy colleges and no real marketable skills." When a box of early unsigned Abstract Expressionist works is dropped at her cubicle to research and authenticate, Dani begins a quest to tie these paintings to her lost great-aunt and prove Benoit to be an early participant in the Abstract Expressionist art movement.The Muralist is partly the study of the ravages of the Great Depression, the largesse of Roosevelt's WPA program and the politics of a largely isolationist U.S. population that was set against entry to millions of mostly Jewish refugees. It is also a story of the first indigenous American art style, a drama of family secrets in the wake of the Holocaust, and a passionate love story of Benoit and Rothko. A novel of art, romance, timely historical issues and family legacies, The Muralist smoothly bridges the literary/popular fiction gap. COPYRIGHT(2015) Shelf Awareness, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED