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Event: Harriet Scott Chessman, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas
When: Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 pm
Where: The Odyssey Bookshop
The Odyssey Bookshop is excited to partner with Northfield Mount Hermon School for an evening with Harriet Scott Chessman for The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas. Northfield Mount Hermon is Harriet's alma mater and its archivist, Peter Weis, will introduce her.
A companion to Chessman’s acclaimed Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, this is a lyrical novel about what art can reveal and a nuanced imaging of the familial, racial, and financial forces on Edgar Degas and his work.
Ten years after Edgar Degas’s 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 the enigmatic words. The experience is both cryptic and revelatory, leading Tell to new understandings of her marriage, her difficult, brilliant cousin Edgar, her daughter Josephine, and herself.
Harriet Scott Chessman is the author of the acclaimed novels The Beauty of Ordinary Things, Someone Not Really Her Mother, Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, and Ohio Angels. She is also the author of the libretto for My Lai, a contemporary operatic piece commissioned by Kronos Quartet in 2015. She has taught literature and creative writing at Yale University, Bread Loaf School of English, and Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075