Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer Ross King will present his newest book, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies. It tells the true story of Monet’s iconic paintings at Giverny, widely touted as the last hurrah of Impressionism. The book also reviews the artist’s personal turmoil during those last years of his life. This title won the RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction last year. Ross King will be interviewed by Caroline Shields for this event. Shields is a specialist in 19th-century European art who has worked at museums around the world. She is currently the Assistant Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).
This event will be hosted by Grace O’Connell.
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Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Ross King has lived for the past 25 years in England, where he works full-time as a writer. He has twice won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction (The Judgment of Paris (2006) and Leonardo and the Last Supper (2012). His most recent book, Mad Enchantment, won the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize. In tandem with his writing, he is an active fundraiser for the arts and lectures widely in both Europe and North America.
Grace O’Connell is the author of The Globe and Mail Best Book Magnified World and 2014 winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and her work has appeared in various publications including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Elle Canada. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and works as a freelance writer and editor. She presents Be Ready For The Lightning. Photo Credit: Dani Coutoure
Caroline Shields is the Assistant Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). She is currently organizing an exhibition titled Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more, which will open at the AGO on February 16, 2019. Recently, Caroline was involved with the reinstallation of the Gallery’s European collection, where three paintings by Claude Monet are now on view. Prior to joining the AGO she earned her doctorate in nineteenth-century French art history from the University of Maryland and held positions at museums in Washington D.C., Boston, and Paris.