We are so thrilled to tell you that B.A. Shapiro and Anne LeClaire will BOTH be here to talk about their wonderful novels, The Collector's Apprentice, and The Orchid Sister, on Thursday evening, September 5 at 6:30 PM! Tickets are free, but registration is required: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless, and Shattered Echoes. She has also written four screenplays and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. The Art Forger has been on many bestseller lists—including the New York Times, Boston Globe, LA Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Amazon, and Kindle—and has won many awards including The 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Boston.
ABOUT THE COLLECTOR'S APPRENTICE: It’s the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris—broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiancé, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father’s art collection, prove her innocence—and exact revenge on George.
When the eccentric and wealthy American art collector Edwin Bradley offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists and expatriates—including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined. As she travels between Paris and Philadelphia, where Bradley is building an art museum, her life becomes even more complicated: George returns with unclear motives . . . and then Vivienne is arrested for Bradley’s murder.
“Dazzling and seductive, a tour de force, The Collector’s Apprentice is an exhilarating tale of shifting identities, desire, and intrigue set between 1920s Paris and Philadelphia.”—Dawn Tripp, bestselling author of Georgia
Anne LeClaire: A former actor, print journalist and radio broadcaster, Anne LeClaire is a memoirist and the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of nine novels published in twenty-four countries. She is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities, public and private schools, women’s groups, men’s groups, religious retreats, churches, hospitals, libraries, corporate events, literary festivals and conferences. She has been a keynote speaker for The Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, The Association of American University Women and the Cape Cod Writers Conference, among others, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ragdale Foundation.
Anne has taught creative writing workshops in the United States and in a variety on international venues. She has been a visiting lecturer at Mt. Holyoke College, the University of Tennessee, and Columbia College.
More than two decades ago, Anne began a formal practice of silence, meaning that for the past eighteen years she has not spoken on the first an third Mondays of every month. Out of this proactive came her memoir, “Listening Below the Noise: The Transformative Power of Silence” (Harper Collins, 2009) which was named one of the 50 best spiritual books of the year in 2009. She leads popular seminars and workshops exploring silence, creativity and deep listening including, most recently, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA, the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, IL, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, WA, and the Ashland Institute in Portland, OR. Anne is a licensed pilot and yoga student. She lives on Cape Cod.
ABOUT THE ORCHID SISTER: The people you love are taken from you. That’s what Maddie DiMarco learned when she survived the plane crash that killed her parents. Fifteen years later, the scars remain. And the ones no can see are hardest to heal. Since the accident, Maddie’s avoided the unpredictable and uncaring outside world, including any relationships—except for the one with her devoted older sister, Kat, who has always been there for her.
When Maddie meets handsome pilot Jack Moroni, she finally begins to let down her guard. But just as quickly, her hope and trust are once again shattered when a plane crash forces her to revisit her traumatic past. Maddie turns to her sister for comfort and guidance, only to realize that Kat is missing.
But Kat hasn’t vanished without a trace. An investigative journalist, she’s left behind a subtle trail of clues leading to the mysterious, myth-shrouded Yucatán coast of Mexico. To follow it, Maddie must confront her deepest fears—of flying, of intimacy, and of loss. She hopes that in doing so, she will find her sister. And if she’s lucky, she may also find herself along the way.
“Anne LeClaire has done it again with The Orchid Sister, a page-turner with a heart and a sprinkle of the mystical. She is riveting as she plunges us into the world of two traumatized and deeply connected sisters who struggle to find themselves and save each other. An exploration of the ties that bind and what happens when these ties are ripped apart. Unputdownable.“ -B.A. Shapiro