Literary Reading: Sena Jeter Naslund

Join us for a special artist-inspired literary reading with New York Times bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund, whose fiction gives life to history.

During this program, Naslund will read from her new novel The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman, which deftly intertwines the life of 18th century painter Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun with that of a fictional contemporary writer Kathryn Callahan. Paintings by Vigée-LeBrun that are in NMWA’s collection are on view on the Mezzanine level.

Following the reading, Naslund’s books will be available for signing by the author and for purchase. 


Sena Jeter Naslund is critically acclaimed for her novels Ahab’s Wife and Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette. In 2005–06, she was Kentucky Poet Laureate, and other achievements include being named Writer in Residence and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville, Program Director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing, and editor of Spalding’s Fleur-de-Lis Press and The Louisville Review.

Naslund is also a recipient of several awards, such as the Harper Lee Award, the Hall-Waters Southern Prize, and the Southeastern Library Association Award.

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