Festival Luncheon with Christina Baker Kline — SOLD OUT

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Thu. March 23, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: Dominion Resources, Lead Sponsor; Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, and Wells Fargo


This event is now sold out. If you wish, sign up for our waitlist through the GET TICKETS link below. Ms. Kline is also appearing at 6 PM on Thursday, March 23, in conversation with Renee Grisham; more information here.

Christina Baker Kline (A Piece of the World and Orphan Train) speaks at the annual Festival Luncheon. Book sales and signing will follow. John Grisham will introduce Ms. Kline.

Why should you attend?

From the author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, A Piece of the World is a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting “Christina’s World.”

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best-known American paintings of the twentieth century.

As she did in her novel Orphan Train, Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest twentieth-century artists.

Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.


The Festival of the Book appreciates the support of Dominion Resources as Lead Sponsor of this event, and appreciates the support of sponsorship from Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and Wells Fargo.


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