Title: Reading: Sena Jeter Naslund
Calendar: College of Arts and Sciences Events
Date: 02.08.2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35233
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What: Reading: Sena Jeter Naslund
When: Feb. 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35233
Price: Free
Contact: https://www.uab.edu/cas/languages/

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures invite the public to a reading and book signing in English by Sena Jeter Naslund.

Naslund presents a reading, commentary, and slides of work by the notable 18th Century French portraitist, Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun, the favorite portrait painter of Marie-Antoinette. You may have met Elisabeth before, for Naslund introduces the beautiful and talented young painter in her earlier book, Abundance, A Novel of Marie-Antoinette. Translated into Spanish, Danish, Polish, Greek, and Hebrew that novel received top ratings by both People magazine and Entertainment Weekly. Publishers Weekly wrote in a starred review "With vivid detail and exquisite narrative technique, Naslund exemplifies the best of historical fiction."

Now in her most recent novel, The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the
Artist as an Old Woman
, Naslund revisits the renowned painter as an old woman
looking back on a life fully lived as a triumphant artist. A novel-within-a-novel,
Naslund's new book is set partly in 18th century France and partly in the
contemporary United States.

Today Vigee-Le Brun's works can be viewed in the Louvre, the Hermitage, the New York Metropolitan Museum, the National Gallery of London, the National Gallery of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and many other top museums.

Author Sena Jeter Naslund is a native of Birmingham, and a graduate of Norwood Elementary, Phillips High School, and Birmingham-Southern College. She holds the Ph.D. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. This is her ninth book; many of them, such as Ahab's Wife and Four Spirits have been critically acclaimed and national bestsellers. She is program director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville.