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  • Writers In The Loft Present Christina Baker Kline with A Piece of the World

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    July 10, 2017
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    #1 New York Times bestselling

    author of Orphan Train
    with her latest bestselling novel
    inspired by the work of Maine artist Andrew Wyeth
    Just a handful of seats still available  - nearly sold out!  
    Tuesday, July 18,
    “The novel evokes the somber grace of [Wyeth’s] paintings...Christina’s yearning, her determination, her will to dream, occupy the emotional center of both the novel and the painting. A PIECE OF THE WORLD is a story for those who want the mysterious made real.” —New York Times Book Review
    “...a pure, powerful story...Christina triumphs – and so does this novel. “— O, the Oprah Magazine
    What:  The Music Hall welcomes to its Loft stage the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train (3 million copies sold in 40 countries), Christina Baker Kline. In her new bestselling  novel, A PIECE OF THE WORLD, Kline turns her attention to another little-known part of America’s history: the story of Christina Olson. Born in the Cushing, Maine home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century—Christina’s World. Told in evocative and lucid prose, A PIECE OF THE WORLD is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.
    When/Where:             Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 7pm
                                      The Music Hall Loft
                                        131 Congress Street
                                        Portsmouth, NH 03801
    Tickets:   The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: Christina Baker Kline on Tuesday, July 18 at 7pm is $42 ($40, members). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of A PIECE OF THE WORLD ($28, hardcover), a bar beverage, and book signing meet-and-greet.  Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.  
    About the Author:   Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels, including #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, and Sweet Water. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, and Psychology Today, among other places. She lives outside of New York City and on the coast of Maine. For more information visit http://christinabakerkline.com/.
    About Writers in the Loft
    Akin to The Music Hall’s anchor literary series, Writers on a New England Stage, Writers in the Loft features bestselling authors in a smaller, more intimate space. The series brings audiences today’s top authors, the best of fiction and nonfiction, and award-winners across categories. The evening package includes a reserved seat and bar beverage, author presentation and Q+A, a copy of the book, and a meet-and-greet book signing with the featured writer.
    Series Sponsor: RMC Research Corporation
    Contributing Partner:  The University of New Hampshire
    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa Realtors;  Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant
    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
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    “The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene”- Yankee Magazine

    “The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” - Boston Globe
    For more information, contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    The Music Hall                                                                            
    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer
    “Another winner from the author of Orphan Train. In this beautifully observed fictional memoir, Kline uses Andrew Wyeth’s iconic painting Christina’s World as the taking-off point for a moving portrait of the artist’s real-life muse. Book of the week.”—People
    “Kline herself is an artist, drawing on the real history of Christina Olson and Andrew Wyeth to conjure up her own haunting portrait...Kline’s deep research into characters, place, and time period provides the outlines of a compelling story, which she then expertly brings into three dimensions.”—Christian Science Monitor
    “Fans of Kline’s phenomenal 2013 best seller Orphan Train will recognize the way the new novel...brings to vivid life a little-known corner of history...Avoiding sentimental uplift, A Piece of the World offers unsparing insight into the real woman behind the painting.”—USA Today
    “Artfully (pun intended) inspired by the Andrew Wyeth painting Christina’s World.” —Marie Claire
    “The novel provides gorgeous, complicated answers to all the questions the painting stirs, beginning with the day a young painter appears on her porch. Kline has created a memorable and unforgettable voice for Anna Christina Olson, the girl in the field.”—Portland Tribune (Oregon)
    “Absorbing...A portrait of Maine farm life, of an iron-willed spinster with polio and the accidental friendship that changes everything...Kline has a graceful, arresting style that lifts the narrative, and her portrayal….leavens the entire story.”—Portland Press Herald
    “With beautiful and stunning prose, the novel explores the sensitive and complex bond between artist and muse against the beauty of the rural American landscape.”—Daily Beast
    “With delicate palette, stark images, subtle tones, nuanced brushstrokes, and consummate craftsmanship, Christina Baker Kline has written this novel the way Andrew Wyeth painted the canvas. It is a masterpiece.”—Historical Novel Society
    “A novel about not just art, but family and home—things that last, and what it takes for them to do so.”—San Diego Union-Tribune
    “[Kline’s] insightful, evocative prose brings Christina’s singular perspective and indomitable spirit to life.”—Publisher’s Weekly
    “Superb...The beauty of Kline’s writing and her grasp of her characters is such that at first you want to sink into this book like a warm bath...Gentle and profound, A Piece of the World shows the healing power of simple, unexpected friendship.”—BookPage
    “A gorgeous read.”—Real Simple
    “Kline’s gift is to dispense with the fustiness and fact-clogged drama that can weigh down some historical novels to tell a pure, powerful story of suffering met with a fight. In fiction, in her quiet way, Christina triumphs—and so does this novel.”—O, the Oprah Magazine
    “The novel evokes the somber grace of [Wyeth’s] paintings...Christina’s yearning, her determination, her will to dream, occupy the emotional center in both the novel and painting. A PIECE OF THE WORLD is a story for those who want the mysterious made real.”—New York Times Book Review
    “With remarkable precision and compassion, A PIECE OF THE WORLD transports us to a mid-century farmhouse on the coast of Maine. But just like the painting that inspired it, this gorgeous novel is about so much more. Heartbraeking and life-affirming.”—Nathan Hill, author of The Nix
    “A graceful, moving and powerful demonstration of what can happen when a fearless literary imagination combines with an inexhaustible curiosity about the past and the human heart.”—Michael Chabon, New York Times bestselling author of Moonglow
    “The inscrutable figure in the foreground of Wyeth’s Christina’s World is our American Mona Lisa, and Christina Baker Kline has pulled back the veil to imagine her rich story. Tender [and] tragic.”—Lily King, author of Euphoria
    “A brilliantly imagined fictional memoir of the woman in the famed Wyeth painting Christina’s World, so detailed, moving, and utterly transportive that I’ll never be able to look at the painting again without thinking of this book and the characters who populate its pages.”—Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake
    “Kline expertly captures the essence of Wyeth’s iconic masterpiece and its real-life subject, crafting a moving work of historical fiction.”—Library Journal, starred review
    Margaret Talcott, Producer