Author Discussion & Signing with Harriet Chessman - The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas

Join us on Sunday, April 2nd at 2pm for an author signing and discussion with Harriet Scott Chessman, in honor of her new book, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas (Outpost19, $14).

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.

"With the clarity and simplicity of a piano sonata, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas is a novel about perception, enduring love, and the complex family legacy of a great artist." -- Katharine Weber, author of The Music Lesson

"A beautiful meditation on the interplay of art, time, and memory that is itself a luminous portrait of a woman without vision who is just beginning to see." -- Ann Packer, author of The Children's Crusade and Swim Back to Me

"This nuanced story of love lost and found, wrapped around the experience of seeing and being seen, is itself a masterful work of art." -- Elizabeth Rosner, author of Electric City and Gravity

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.

This event is free and open to the public.  If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please email

Event date: 
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot, CT 06794
The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944853136
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Outpost19 - March 1st, 2017

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