The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center presents The Berne Davis Lecture Series beginning January 21, 2013, with author Debra Dean. This season, four best-selling authors will speak, and each lecture will include a luncheon and book signing.
Debra Dean is the author of three books: The Mirrored World (Fall, 2012); Confessions of a Falling Woman, short stories (2008); and her bestselling debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad (2006).
The Madonnas of Leningrad was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a #1 Booksense Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Novel, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It has been published in twenty languages. Her collection of short stories, Confessions of a Falling Woman, won the Paterson Fiction Prize and a Florida Book Award. Her new novel, The Mirrored World, is set in 18th-century St. Petersburg, Russia.
Ms. Dean was born and raised in Seattle. At Whitman College, she double-majored in English and Drama. After college, she worked in New York and regional theatre for nearly a decade and met her husband when they were cast as brother and sister in A.R. Gurney's play The Dining Room. She received her MFA from the University of Oregon and has taught creative writing and literature since 1990. She now lives in Miami where she teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University.
The series will continue with lectures by David Hagberg on February 25, and James O. Born and Bob Morris on March 18. Each lecture, luncheon and book signing will be from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Grand Atrium of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.
Tickets to all three lectures, with lunch, are $100 per person if purchased before January 18, 2013; lectures only costs $70. Individual lecture with lunch is $35; lecture only $25.
The lectures are sponsored by FineMark National Bank & Trust. The Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in the downtown Fort Myers River District. For more information, please call 239-333-1933 or visit http://www.sbdac.com.