Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A National Endowment For The Arts 'Big Read' Selection

The National Endowment for the Arts just announced that Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones was selected for its 2016-2017 ‘Big Read’ program. Per arts.gov the programbroadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book or poet” The Director of the Endowment was quoted as saying that she wanted the “incredible storytelling to inspire meaningful conversations.”

"A love story... full of perverse wisdom and proud joy....Jones's skill for wry understatement never
O, The Oprah Magazine

“A graceful and shining work about finding the truth.” – Library Journal, starred review

“It’s an amazing, amazing read.”
Jennifer Weiner on NBC’s “The Today Show”

“Impossible to put down until you find out how these sisters will discover their own versions of family.”
Los Angeles Times

Download Silver Sparrow from the Freading site today.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

*A #1 Indie Next Pick for November

*A LibraryReads Pick for November

The Award-winning and best-selling author of The Art Forger brings us the compelling story of a brilliant young artist who disappears without a trace just prior to the start of World War II.

“Shapiro follows the enthusiastically received The Art Forger (2012) with an even more polished and resonant tale. [Her] novel of epic moral failings is riveting, gracefully romantic, and sharply revelatory; it is also tragic in its timeliness as the world faces new refugee crises.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Shapiro’s plotting is deft, and the anonymous paintings and AlizĂ©e’s disappearance add mystery and intrigue to the tale. Like her well-received 2012 novel, “The Art Forger,” this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist. …vibrant and suspenseful. As tens of thousands of modern-day asylum-seekers from the Middle East and Africa surge into Europe, and pictures of their mistreatment are broadcast around the world, “The Muralist” is a grim reminder that history continues to repeat itself.” Washington Post

“In The Muralist, novelist B.A. Shapiro deftly layers American art history, the facts of World War II and the fictitious stories of Alizee and Dani. …The Muralist is a compelling mystery. …The Muralist elevates Shapiro to an even higher plane and is sure to be a crowning touch in an already celebrated career.” BookPage

“B. A. Shapiro once again pens the art world into vivid, sensual life. Set during World War II and the dawn of Abstract Expressionism, The Muralist is an intriguing story masterfully imagined about art, war, family, truth, and freedom. If you liked The Art Forger, you're going to love The Muralist!” —Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice