Extraordinary Lives in Group Portraits

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Authors Deborah Baker (The Last Englishmen), Catherine Kerrison (Jefferson’s Daughters) and Caroline Weber (Proust’s Duchess) discuss their biographical subjects, all fascinating in their own right and important within the context of their times, and why their lives continue to interest us today. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

The Last Englishmen is Deborah Baker’s most creatively conceived, deeply delving, and wizardly blend of biography and history to date … With a uniquely encompassing vision, command of complex information, and profound insight, she dramatically chronicles the seminal scientific and artistic explorations of four courageous, ingenious brothers whose achievements enrich our understanding of the still-molten, sharply relevant past.Booklist, starred review

“Beautifully written . . . To a nuanced study of Jefferson’s two white daughters, Martha and Maria, [Catherine Kerrison] innovatively adds a discussion of his only enslaved daughter, Harriet Hemings. The result is a stunning if unavoidably unbalanced book, combining detailed treatments of Martha’s and Maria’s experiences with imaginative attempts to reconstruct Harriet’s life.” The New York Times Book Review

Proust’s Duchess is rich with intimate details of the extraordinary lives behind the carefully crafted public images of its three heroines. Celebrated names are dropped like confetti over the pages…. Ms. Weber has done a remarkable job of bringing to life a world of culture, glamour and privilege swept away by World War I.” —Moira Hodgson, The Wall Street Journal