Ms. Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger, and will appear at The Big Book Club’s Halloween event to be held at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook on Sunday, October 27th. (See event details below.) She has written five other novels, four screenplays, and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. Prior to beginning her writing career, Ms. Shapiro directed research projects for a residential substance abuse facility, worked as a systems analyst/statistician, headed the Boston office of a software development firm, and served as an adjunct professor teaching sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University. She makes her home in Boston.
The Art Forger (Algonquin Books, $14.95) was reissued in paperback in May. In addition to reaching New York Times bestseller status, the book won the New England Book Award 2013, was a #1 Indie Next Pick, and was included in the Boston Globe’s Best Crime Books of 2012. Entertainment Weekly noted, “[Shapiro] has such interesting things to say about authenticity—in both art and love—that her novel becomes not just emotionally involving but addictive.” Further, The Washington Post called the book “Precise and exciting” and praised Shapiro for her “skillful balance of brisk plotting, significant emotional depth and multi-layered narration rich with a sense of moral consequence.”
From the publisher:
Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.
Now, B.A. Shapiro shares a few pages from the book of her life …
1) As a child, did you wear your literary lust loud and proud or were you a closet bibliophile?
I was a voracious reader from day one, as I think most novelists are. Even when I did a bit of staggering through the 70s, it was one thing I never gave up. Never will.
2) What book(s) were you likely to be caught keeping company with under the covers?
I was a biography freak as a kid, read as many as I could. When I got a bit older, it was historical fiction.
3) What are you reading currently & what is your initial impression?
I’m currently reading Beautiful Ruins, which is both fun and thought-provoking, Life After Life, which is wonderfully imaginative and the ARC of M.J. Rose’s next book, The Collector of Dying Breaths, which may be her best ever.
4) What one book do you always recommend when asked?
Never just one. It depends on who’s asking.
5) Which of your own books would you suggest to readers & why?
The Art Forger, my latest. It’s far the most popular and I think it’s my best
6) Is there a book or author that readers would be surprised to know you’ve read and liked?
Although I don’t like all his books, I think Stephen King is a story-telling genius.
7) Who is the one author that would, or did, make you weak in the knees upon meeting?
When I met T. Courgasian Boyle – who I didn’t expect to meet – I was tongue-tied. A state I’m rarely in.
8) Has there been an “I’ve made it” moment in your career?
When my publicist called to tell me I was on the New York Times bestseller list.
9) What is your greatest literary ambition?
To keep writing stories and people want to read – and to be able to do it until I die.
10) Fill in the blank: Hartford Books Examiner is ____.
Sorry, not really familiar with you, although it seems like you’re doing great. I grew up in West Hartford but don’t think you were around in those days.
With thanks to B.A. Shapiro for her generosity of time and thought.
Ms. Shapiro will appear at The Big Book Club’s Halloween event, to be held at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on Sunday, October 27th. Other featured authors will include Roberta Isleib (aka Lucy Burdette), Suzanne Palmieri (aka Suzanne Hayes), and Brunonia Barry as well as psychic medium Angelina Diana. Tickets are $55 and include a boxed lunch and afternoon dessert by Bliss Gourmet; there will also be a full cash bar with themed cocktails. R.J. Julia will be on site to sell books, and the authors will be available for signing. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. Registration can be completed online—seating is limited, so don’t delay! More information: http://www.thebigbookclub.org/the-katharine-hepburn-cultural-center-october-27/
Event location: 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT