Art Meets Fiction in Darien Library Program on Dec. 6

Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore are thrilled to present an evening of virtual conversation with three authors whose work bridges the gap between art and fiction.

Jonathan Santlofer, author of The Last Mona Lisa, Michaela Carter, author of Leonora in the Morning Light, and Natasha Lester, author of The Riviera House will speak about their experiences as writers and artists. Combining their talents and understanding with the written word and various art mediums, the authors will delve into how their works of fiction are influenced by paintings and art history.

This virtual event will take place on Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m. Register on Darien Library’s website at www.darienlibrary.org/event/5444.

About the Authors

Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. His debut novel, The Death Artist, was an international bestseller, a People Magazine “Page-Turner of the Week” and is currently in development at Fox, along with his second and third novels. His fourth novel, Anatomy of Fear, won the Nero Award for best crime novel of 2009. Jonathan created the Crime Fiction Academy as The Center for Fiction. As an artist, Jonathan has been making replications of famous paintings for wealthy clients for more than 20 years.

Michaela Carter is a writer, painter, and award-winning poet. She studied theater at UCLA and holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. Her debut novel Further Out Than You Thought was an Indie Next List Pick, and she was the Arizona Republic Critic’s Pick for Best Debut Author in 2014. She is the co-founder of the independent bookstore the Peregrine Book Company in Prescott, Arizona, where she lives with her husband and two dogs. Her novel Leonora In the Morning Light is one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s “Most Anticipated Historical Novels That Will Sweep You Away” and LitHub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021.”

Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive for L'Oréal, managing the Maybelline brand, before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts and has written several novels including A Kiss From Mr. FitzgeraldHer Mother's Secret and The Paris Seamstress. In her spare time Natasha loves to teach writing, is a sought after public speaker and can often be found playing dress-up with her three children. She lives in Perth, Australia.



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