Historical novelist Tracy Chevalier is known for weaving together new worlds from non-fiction, and never more fantastically than when she is addressing the great mysteries of art history. Known for her best-selling novel Girl with a Pearl Earring (adapted for the big screen in 2003), Chevalier’s writing has taken readers to far-flung locales, from Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s 17th-century studio to a medieval Parisian court. Her most recent novel, though, takes its cue not from art but from the Black Swamp. At the Edge of the Orchard follows a struggling family as they try to make it in Northwest Ohio. Chevalier will give a free reading from the novel on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Great Gallery, with a book sale and signing to follow. The program is presented with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library.
This article originally appeared in Volume 13, Issue 1 of arTMAtters, the Toledo Museum of Art’s member magazine.