Watermark Books & Cafe, in cooperation with the Ulrich Museum of Art, will host New York Times bestselling author BA Shapiro for a reading and signing of her newest novel, The Muralist on Friday, December 4 at 6:00. A reception will take place prior to the event at 5:30; the reception and event will take place at the Ulrich Museum of Art, located on Wichita State University's campus.
B.A. Shapiro brilliantly captured the world of art theft and forgery in her critically-acclaimed New York Times bestselling novel, The Art Forger, a #1 Indie Next Selection that won the 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction. It is with great pleasure that I send you Shapiro's much-anticipated new book, THE MURALIST (On Sale Date: November 3, 2015), an equally captivating story about the birth of Abstract Expressionism set against the backdrop of the Depression and the eve of World War II. According to Jami Attenberg, author of Saint Mazie, THE MURALIST is "an expertly constructed, riveting tale of art, politics, love, and consequences in the Depression Era. I admire so much the way B.A. Shapiro vividly brings to life this passionate world of the past -- it rings with originality and authenticity. What a compelling read!"
Alternating between the late 1930s and the present day, Shapiro introduces readers to two remarkable women: Alizée Benoit and Danielle Abrams. Alizée is a young, gifted American artist painting murals for the WPA in New York City working alongside her close friends and colleagues: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner and William de Kooning. As she struggles to define herself as an abstract artist, she's also desperately trying to obtain visas for her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. She is befriended in both these endeavors by Eleanor Roosevelt and becomes enemies of Eleanor's enemies: the powerful isolationists, Charles Lindbergh, Joe Kennedy and Breckinridge Long. As Alizée nears her goals, she mysteriously disappears, never to be seen again.
Enter Danielle Abrams, a cataloger at Christie's auction house who is also Alizée's great niece. When Dani uncovers paintings hidden on the backs of possible masterpieces by Pollock, Rothko, and Krasner, she sets out to discover who created these unsigned paintings, hoping that they are the work of her missing aunt and that this journey will lead her to an explanation of what happened to Alizée - and who was responsible for it.