B.A. Shapiro Discusses Her New Novel, "Metropolis" with Lisa Barr

We're so very excited to welcome our great friend, B.A. Shapiro, back to the store for her new novel, Metropolis!  She'll be in conversation with fellow novelist Lisa Barr!

About the Book: On the heels of a number of “inventive and entertaining” (The Boston Globe) historical thrillers set in the art world, including the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger, New England Book Award winner B. A. Shapiro deftly veers into new terrain with METROPOLIS , a spellbinding contemporary novel of psychological suspense. Set in a century-old urban storage warehouse, the masterful narrative is told from multiple characters’ points-of-view as Shapiro explores timely issues of our current cultural moment.

Serge is a homeless street photographer who sleeps in his storage unit; Marta is an illegal immigrant who seeks refuge from ICE by hiding in hers; Liddy camps out in hers after escaping her abusive husband; Jason is a lawyer who uses his unit as his office; Rose is the office manager who takes kickbacks; and Zach is  the building owner is an ex-drug dealer. They are of different faiths, different races, and different life experiences. They are young, and not so young. They are rich, poor and somewhere in the middle. When a fateful accident occurs, these six very different people, with seemingly no link to each other beyond the Metropolis Storage Warehouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts, see their precariously balanced lives torn apart. But was it an accident or something else? Suicide, perhaps? Murder?

About the Author: B. A. Shapiro is the bestselling author of The Collector's ApprenticeThe Muralist, and The Art Forger, which won the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Boston Authors Society Award for Fiction, among other honors. Her books have been selected as community reads in numerous cities and translated throughout the world. Before becoming a novelist, she taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University. She and her husband, Dan, divide their time between Boston and Florida.

Conversation Partner Lisa Barr is the New York Times bestselling author of Woman on Fire, The Unbreakables, and the historical thriller Fugitive Colors, a suspenseful tale of stolen art, love, lust, deception and revenge on the eve of WWII. The novel won the IPPY gold medal for "Best Literary Fiction 2014” and first prize at The Hollywood Film Festival (Opus Magnum Discovery Award). In addition, Lisa served as an editor for The Jerusalem Post, managing editor of Today's Chicago Woman, managing editor of Moment magazine, and as an editor/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Among the highlights of her career, Lisa covered the famous “handshake” between the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and President Bill Clinton at the White House. Lisa has been featured on Good Morning America and Today for her work as an author, journalist, and blogger. In breaking book news: Actress Sharon Stone is set to produce and star in the film adaptation of Woman on Fire.


Event date: 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Metropolis: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209582
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Algonquin Books - May 17th, 2022

The New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger delivers a spellbinding and moving novel about what we hang on to, what we might need to let go, and how unexpected events can lead us to deeper truths.

Six people, six secrets, six different backgrounds.