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B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger.


B.A. Shapiro's visit is sponsored by:

The Ella Anderson Trust

Friends of the Nashua Public Library

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For more information about Nashua Reads, contact Carol Eyman at (603) 589-4610 or carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org.


Nashua Reads The Art Forger

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro is the selection for the 2014 Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program.

About the book

After a scandal involving the provenance of an acclaimed painting derails her career, promising young Boston artist Claire Roth makes a living reproducing famous artwork for an online retailer. In a desperate move to improve her situation, Claire strikes a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner to forge a Degas masterpiece stolen during the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, the largest unsolved art theft in history, in return for a one-woman show at his gallery.

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Among the awards that The Art Forger has won are the 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction, the 2013 “Must Read” for Massachusetts, and Boston Globe Top Mystery of 2012.

About the author

In addition to The Art Forger, B. A. Shapiro has written five suspense novels as well as a nonfiction book, The Big Squeeze.

In previous career incarnations, she has directed research projects for a residential substance- abuse facility, worked as a systems analyst/statistician, headed the Boston office of a software development firm, and taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University. She likes being a novelist the best.

Get your copy now

The library has over 50 copies of The Art Forger, including large-print and audio versions. Two sets of 11 books, each including a large-print copy, are available for borrowing by book groups. So reserve your copy; read it; talk about it with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors; and then come to the Nashua Public Library to meet the author this fall.

About Nashua Reads: One City, One Book

The goal of the One City, One Book program is to get as many Nashuans as possible to read the same book and talk about it with friends, coworkers, and neighbors. The program is now in its 12th year.

The idea of community reading programs originated in 1998 when the Washington Center for the Book sponsored “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” In the years since, similar programs, under names like “One City, One Book,” “The Big Read,” and others, have been held throughout the US.