CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE will visit The Book Stall on Sat., Mar. 4th at 3:00 PM to discuss her new book A PIECE OF THE WORLD.
A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy. To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.
Christina will give a short reading from A Piece of the World as well as a 30-minute slideshow presentation. Using personal and archival photographs and images, she’ll talk about why she was inspired to write the book, the wide-ranging cultural impact of the painting Christina’s World, the true story behind the novel, and the challenges she faced along the way in turning real people’s lives into a fictional narrative. She’ll also discuss Andrew Wyeth, the extraordinary work he did over the years at Christina Olson’s house, and how the time he spent with her shaped his life and legacy.
Christina Baker Kline has written five other novels—"Orphan Train", "The Way Life Should Be", "Sweet Water", "Bird in Hand", and "Desire Lines"—and written or edited five works of nonfiction. Her 2013 novel "Orphan Train" spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at #1, and was published in 40 countries.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"Graceful, moving and powerful."
--Michael Chabon, New York Times bestselling author of Moonglow