An Evening with Harriet Scott Chessman
Come meet novelist Harriet Scott Chessman (Lydia Cassatt Reads the Morning Paper) as we celebrate the publication of her new book, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas.
When: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 at 7 PM
Where: Rakestraw Books
What: Ten years after Edgar Degas' 1872 visit to New Orleans, a lost sketchbook surfaces. His Creole cousin Tell -- who lost her sight as a young woman -- listens as her former child-servant describes the drawings and reads Degas' enigmatic words. It's both cryptic and revelatory, leading Tell to new understandings of her marriage, her difficult, brilliant cousin Edgar, her daughter Josephine, and herself.
We love Harriet Chessman's lean yet lush prose. We are thrilled she is returning to Rakestraw Books after many years. Please help us welcome her back!
[photo credit: Catherine Kiernan]
Set against the backdrop of Impressionist painter Edgar Degas' 1872 visit to Creole cousins in New Orleans, this slim novel is a complex meditation on art, family, and love. Chessman's is writing is not only lovely, but also strong and emotionally dense.