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Saturday, October 19 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Fiction: Art and Artists

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The two novelists whose work we’ll explore in this session craft amazing stories of visual artists who had to fight to pursue their art. In a unique hybrid of biography and fiction, Catherine Cusset tells the Life of David Hockney, daring to imagine the psyche of the groundbreaking gay artist. The result, according to the New York Times, is “an affirming vision of a restless talent propelled by optimism and chance.” In The Age of Light, debut novelist Whitney Scharer illuminates the life of Vogue model turned photographer Lee Miller, who had to struggle to achieve respect as an artist in her own right--including from her lover, Man Ray. These two beautifully wrought novels—both works of art in their own right—offer insights into the artistic drive of their subjects. Moderating their conversation is Dawn Tripp, whose most recent novel is Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe. Sponsored by Other Press.

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Dawn Tripp

Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for fiction, Dawn Tripp is the author of Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe, which was awarded the 2017 Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature, and three previous novels: Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston... Read More →

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Catherine Cusset

Frenchwoman Catherine Cusset is the author of thirteen award-winning novels, of which Life of David Hockney is the latest, a book that Kirkus Reviews labels “a perfect short exposé of Hockney’s life.” Cusset taught eighteenth-century French literature at Yale from 1991 to... Read More →
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Whitney Scharer

Whitney Scharer holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington, and her short fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, New Flash Fiction Review, and other journals. She is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Award in Literature from... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
BAC Cascieri Hall 320 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02115