Concord, MassachusettsTwo weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
B. A. Shapiro
Events: Art, History, Love, and Politics
Book: The Muralist
B. A. Shapiro is the author of seven novels, including the award-winning New York Times bestseller, The Art Forger. She has also written four screenplays and the non-fiction book The Big Squeeze. She has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University.
In The Muralist, Alizee Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie’s auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?