Meet the Author: B. A. Shapiro at Pequot Library

the-muralistA. Shapiro is the author of seven novels, including the award-winning New York Times bestseller, The Art Forger, and most recently, The Muralist. The public is invited to Meet the Author: B. A. Shapiro on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 4-6 p.m. There will be a 30-40 minute author talk, followed by a Q & A, book sales, signing, and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public

Shapiro has also written four screenplays (Blind Spot, The Lost Coven, Borderline and Shattered Echoes) and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. Shapiro has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University. She lives in Boston with her husband, Dan, and their dog, Sagan.

The Muralist: “When Alizée Benoit, a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her arts patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends and fellow WPA painters, 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 works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?”

–Synopsis provided by

“In this noirish intrigue and fine-art detective story, Shapiro ably intersects the early years of the abstract expressionist movement, the Roosevelts, institutionalized anti-Semitism that denied American visas to Jewish refugees, the relentless run-up to World War II, and the generational losses of the Shoah. Mystery and historical fiction lovers…will find this a riveting read.” —Library Journal (starred review)

A. Shapiro’s Meet the Author event will take place in Pequot Library’s Auditorium and Reading Room. The next one features Bill Alexander on November 13, 2016 at 4:00pm.

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