Upcoming Special Literary Event

Author Visit and Book Discussion:

Thrity Umrigar

The Museum of Failures (2023)

Monday, March 25 • 1:00pm-2:30pm • ZoomCourse 12441 • $30

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Meet best-selling author Thrity Umrigar in a half-hour conversation with Anna Katsavos as they discuss Umrigar's latest critically-acclaimed novel, The Museum of Failures (2023). Immediately after, dive into a book discussion. A story of family, frailty, and forgiveness, this book's focus is on the relationship between Remy Wadia who returns to visit his family in India after a long absence and his ailing, hospitalized mother. Newly disclosed family secrets cause Remy to reevaluate his entire childhood and his relationship to his parents at the point that he is about to become a parent himself. Grief, bewilderment, nostalgia, displacement, and guilt yield to redemption and healing in this heartfelt tale.

THRITY UMRIGAR is a best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of Heaven, The World We Found, The Story Hour, Everybody’s Son, The Secrets Between Us, and Honor. She has also published a memoir and three children’s picture books along with many essays and articles. She is currently a Distinguished University Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She was raised in Bombay, India, as a Parsi child attending a Catholic school in a predominantly Hindu country before coming to the United States at age 21. Her latest novel, The Museum of Failures, was named a best book of 2023 by NPR and others.

ANNA KATSAVOS, PhD, is an experienced book group facilitator. A SUNY Professor Emerita of English Literature and Women’s Studies, she has received numerous awards for teaching, and her scholarship has been published in a variety of literary journals. She has interviewed many best-selling authors and has presented interactive programs focusing on a wide range of women’s issues. Additionally, she conducts writing, editing and publishing workshops.

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Registration is still open for this upcoming literary walking tour focusing on the life and work of the author of some of the most famous children's books of all time

Walking Tour: Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

at the Morgan Library and Museum

Thursday, March 21 • 1:30pm-3:00pm • Morgan Library and MuseumCourse 12423 • $80

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Creator of unforgettable animal characters like Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the beloved children’s book author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) rooted her fiction in the natural world. Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature (February 23, 2024 through June 9, 2024) reunites her artwork, books, manuscripts, and artifacts from multiple institutions in the United Kingdom with the Morgan Library’s exceptional collection of her picture letters. Together, these objects trace how Potter’s innovative blend of scientific observation and imaginative storytelling shaped some of the world’s most popular children’s books.

HELEN LEE is an independent art educator, conducting research and crafting personal, customizable, in-person and virtual gallery experiences for adults and children at several museums. She studied art history as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with areas of concentration in Asian Art and Modern Art.

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