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    June 21, 2017
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    #1 New York Times bestselling
    author of Orphan Train
     
    CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE
    with her bestseller
    A PIECE OF THE WORLD
    Inspired by the work of Maine artist Andrew Wyeth
     Tuesday, July 18, 7pm
     
    “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
     
    “[Kline’s] insightful, evocative prose brings Christina’s singular perspective and indomitable spirit to life.”—Publishers Weekly
     
    “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
     
    Ticket package includes book, bar beverage, and author meet-and-greet/signing

    Portsmouth, New Hampshire, June 21, 2017 -  The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series welcomes to the stage the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan Train (3 million copies sold in 40 countries), Christina Baker Kline, on Tuesday, July 18. In her 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, the complex and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece Christina’s World.

    The 7pm event includes an author presentation and moderated Q+A, plus book signing and meet-and-greet. It will be held at the Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress Street, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

    “We’re delighted to welcome Christina Baker Kline to Portsmouth,” said Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer of Writers in the Loft and the evening’s moderator. “Kline is a beloved American writer who has written a book so beautifully linked to our coastal lives and inspired by the legacy of painter Andrew Wyeth. Thanks to Kline’s  gorgeous writing, Wyeth’s muse, Christina, is now accessible to all of us.”

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the 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.

    As she did with her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of American  history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood person  behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and one who has a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

    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.

    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/.  
     
    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 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.
     
    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.
     
    Web: www.TheMusicHall.org | Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall | YouTube: /musichallnh
     
    “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                                                                            
    mtalcott@themusichall.org
    603-433-3100x5013
    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer
    plynch@themusichall.org
     
    PRAISE for A PIECE OF THE WORLD
     
    “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
     
    “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
     
    “Like Wyeth’s paintings, this is a vivid novel about hardscrabble lives and prairie grit and the seemingly small but significant beauties found there.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
     
    “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
     
    “Kline’s portrait of her main character is moving in an unsentimental way as she evokes the New England landscape, the torment of crippling disease, and the piece of history embodied in Olson’s story.” —Sydney Morning Herald
     
    “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
     
    “Epic.”—Cosmopolitan
     
    “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
     
    “Andrew Wyeth’s celebrated painting Christina’s World has her back to the viewer, but Kline turns her to face the reader, simultaneously equipping her with a back story and a lyrical voice...A character portrait that is painterly, sensuous, and sympathetic.”—Kirkus Reviews
     
    “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
     
    “Readers will savor the quotidian details that compose Christina’s ‘quiet country life.’ Orphan Train was a best-seller and popular book-discussion choice, so expect demand.”—Booklist
     
    “Fantastic and touching.”—Library Reads
    Contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    mtalcott@themusichall.org