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McLean & Eakin Booksellers welcomes New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger, B. A. Shapir, for a Booked for Lunch event at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs.
The Art Forger, an historical novel, which is being released in paperback, is based on what actually happened in the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, when two men dressed as police officers bound and gagged two guards at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, and stole thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million. Despite thousands of hours of police work and a $5 million reward, the artwork has never been recovered.
Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye. Claire makes a living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. When the long-missing Degas painting—the one which had been hanging for 100 years at the Gardner Museum—is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may not be the original, but a forgery itself. As she begins her search for the truth about its origins, Claire finds herself in a race through a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may hold the key to the mysteries of the present.
Reservations required. Tickets $25 of which $5 may go toward purchase of book at the event. Call McLean & Eakin Booksellers at 231.347.1180.
Harbor Springs is just off Historic M-119, across the Bay from Petoskey.