Authors Explore Literary Time Travel in the Clark’s Free Windows on the Past Series

For Immediate Release

October 03, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Three prolific authors read from their books and talk about writing and the art of literary time travel in the free Windows on the Past writers series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. A book signing will follow each event. The series begins on Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 pm with Stephanie Cowell discussing her novel Claude & Camille, a “rich, artsy read” (Library Journal) inspired by the Clark’s 2007 Unknown Monet exhibition.

Claude & Camille is the story of Claude Monet and the young woman who haunted him all his life—his beautiful and mysterious wife Camille. "Stephanie Cowell is nothing short of masterful in writing about Claude Monet’s life and love," says the Boston Globe. "Claude & Camille is both a historical novel and a romance, but Cowell’s graceful, moving treatment of Claude and Camille’s turbulent love defies categorization. It’s an enthralling story, beautifully told." Cowell fell in love with historical fiction at an early age; she is also the author of Nicholas Cooke: Actor, Soldier, Physician, Priest; The Physician of London (American Book Award 1996); The Players: A Novel of the Young Shakespeare; and Marrying Mozart, which has been translated into seven languages and optioned for a film. During her reading at the Clark, Cowell will talk about historical fiction and the unique challenges of bringing Monet to life.

The Windows on the Past series continues on October 23 with Emily Fox Gordon reading from Are You Happy?: A Childhood Remembered, her memoir about growing up in Williamstown, and concludes on October 30 with Jim Shepard reading from his latest book of stories, You Think That’s Bad.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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October 9: Three prolific authors read from their books and talk about writing and the art of literary time travel in the free Windows on the Past writers series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The series begins on Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 pm with Stephanie Cowell discussing her novel Claude & Camille, a “rich, artsy read” (Library Journal) inspired by the Clark’s 2007 Unknown Monet exhibition. The series continues on October 23 with Emily Fox Gordon reading from Are You Happy?: A Childhood Remembered and concludes on October 30 with Jim Shepard reading from You Think That’s Bad. A book signing will follow each event. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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