Tuesday, October 26, 2010

*LOCAL AUTHOR* and Other Reading Event, TONIGHT!

Robert Grede, author of The Spur and the Sash

Milwaukee author Robert Grede's novel, The Spur and the Sash, is inspired in part by his ancestor's life during the Civil War. Sergeant George Van Norman, a Yankee, was wounded in one of the last battles of the Civil War. While recovering, he was ordered to guard a local plantation where he fell in love with the owner's daughter. Meticulously researched using letters, diaries, and official records, The Spur and the Sash is a story of love, passion, and betrayal amidst the anarchy of post-war Tennessee.

Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Swan Thieves

Nearly five years after The Historian’s instant success, Elizabeth Kostova returns with The Swan Thieves, a sweeping tale of historical intrigue spanning centuries and continents. The Swan Thieves is the story of a beautiful woman, a mysterious painting, and a secret from the depths of art history. The enigmatic Robert Oliver is a painter whose great talent is hindered by his troubled mind. When psychiatrist Andrew Marlow attempts to discover the secret behind Robert’s torment, he is led on a journey into the lives of the women closest to Oliver—and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. 
From American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope. With stunning prose and dramatic storytelling, Elizabeth Kostova examines both the luminous talent behind great artistry and the dark, mad existence that talent can enliven. Love, beauty, yearning, and obsession culminate in a novel that will captivate readers until the shocking revelation at its conclusion.
Elizabeth KostovaAuthor bio: The publication of Elizabeth Kostova’s debut novel, The Historian (June 2005), was a historic achievement in the world of books. The Historian brought to brilliant life the story behind the legend of Vlad the Impaler (inspiration for the myth of Dracula); it was an instant international hit—now published in forty languages—and the first debut novel to enter the New York Times bestseller list at #1. An epic tale ten years in the making, it remained on the list for nineteen weeks after it was published, amid a maelstrom of interviews and rave reviews. Elizabeth Kostova graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress


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