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New York Times Best-Selling Author to Appear at the Clark

For Immediate Release

November 09, 2012

Profession of Words Author Series Welcomes
B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger, on December 9

Williamstown, MA—B.A. Shapiro, author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Art Forger, will appear at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm as part of the ongoing Profession of Words Author Series. Shapiro will read from and discuss The Art Forger; a question-and-answer session and book signing will follow this free program. The Profession of Words series celebrates writers who are making a career in the difficult business of creating books.

Publishers Weekly writes: “Shapiro’s new novel, The Art Forger, is filled with delightful twists and turns. An intricate shell game exploring the permutations of the craft and ethics of art, Shapiro’s novel is a lively ride, melding Claire’s discoveries with fictionalized 19th-century letters from [Isabella Stewart] Gardner that hint at even deeper complexities.”

The Art Forger is a work of fiction centered on artist Claire Roth and set around the actual theft of thirteen works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts in 1990. After a scandal involving the provenance of an acclaimed modern painting derails Roth’s career, the promising young Boston artist is forced to make a living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. In desperation, Roth makes a Faustian bargain with powerful gallery owner Aiden Markel to forge a Degas masterpiece stolen during the Gardner Museum heist, in return for a one-woman show at his gallery. Their romantic entanglement adds danger to their business arrangement.

But when the long-missing Degas painting—the one that had been hanging for 100 years at the Gardner Museum—is delivered to Roth’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may be a forgery. As she begins her search for the truth about the painting's origins and its possible link to a secret relationship between Edgar Degas and Isabella Stewart Gardner—revealed to the reader through Isabella's letters to her niece—Roth finds herself in a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may hold the key to the mysteries of the present.

Writing as Barbara Shapiro, the author has also written five suspense novels: The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless, and Shattered Echoes, as well as the non-fiction book The Big Squeeze. Shapiro lives in Boston and teaches creative writing at Northeastern University.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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

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Press contact:

Sally Morse Majewski

smajewski@clarkart.edu

413 458 0588

 

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Profession of Words Author Series: B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger

December 9, 2012

B.A. Shapiro, author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Art Forger, will appear at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm as part of the ongoing Profession of Words Author Series. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow this free program.

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