Book Festival Kickoff with Lisa Barr & Erica Katz
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Delve into the dark side of the art world with authors Lisa Barr and Erica Katz as they discuss their new novels to open the 2022-23 Arts and Culture Season.

Toast to an exciting new season and join the Mandel JCC:
Tuesday, November 1 at 7 pm, Chicago Fine Art Company

3727 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach 

Event ticket includes champagne and dessert reception.


About the books and authors:

Woman on Fire, NYT bestselling author Lisa Barr

From the author of the award-winning Fugitive Colors and The Unbreakables, a gripping tale of a young, ambitious journalist embroiled in an international art scandal centered around a Nazi-looted masterpiece - forcing the ultimate showdown between passion and possession, lovers and liars, history and truth.

"An exuberant and propulsive thriller laced with sex, art, and history. Lisa Barr has created an unforgettable story that forces readers to question where the line should be drawn between the pursuit of justice and the hunt for revenge."  — Alyson Richman, bestselling author of The Secret of Clouds

"Barr’s riveting dive into the dark side of the international art world, led by an intrepid young journalist, had me on the edge of my seat. A deliciously addictive page turner filled with twists and an unforgettable villain." — Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

“We’re in a golden age of female thriller-writers, and with her latest novel, Lisa Barr joins the ranks of must-read authors. Woman on Fire hits a fiction trifecta: historical depth, fast-paced intrigue, and a riveting heroine. […] Woman on Fire is the best kind of page-turner, one that makes you think and feel long after the final page is turned. I’m ready for more!”   — Jamie Brenner, author of Blush and Gilt

After talking her way into a job with the leading investigative reporter in Chicago, rising young journalist Jules Roth is given an unusual - and very secret - assignment. To locate a painting stolen by the Nazis more than 75 years earlier, the Woman on Fire.

Meanwhile, provocative and powerful Margaux de Laurent also searches for the painting. Heir to her art collector family’s millions, Margaux is a cunning gallerist who gets everything she wants. The only thing standing in her way is Jules.

A thrilling tale of secrets, love, and sacrifice that illuminates the destructive cruelty of war and greed and the triumphant power of beauty and love, Woman on Fire tells the story of a remarkable woman and an exquisite work of art that burns bright, moving through hands, hearts, and history.


Lisa Barr is the author of Woman on Fire, The Unbreakables and the historical thriller Fugitive Colors, a suspenseful tale of stolen art, love, lust, deception, and revenge on the “eve” of WWII. She also served as an editor at The Jerusalem Post, Today’s Chicago Woman, and Moment magazine, and as an editor/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Lisa is also the creator and editor of the popular parenting blog, GIRLilla Warfare. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Today, Fox & Friends, and Australia TV for her work as an author, journalist and blogger.


Fake, Erica Katz

From the author of The Boys’ Club, a gripping novel set in the high-stakes world of art forgery that moves across the globe, from the trendy art galleries of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood to the high-flying international art fairs of Hong Kong.

“An exemplary art thriller. . . . It’s a dizzying ride and Katz keeps the twists coming with some fine character work and a sharp eye for the absurdities and delights of the arts-minded jet set.” — CrimeReads

“A wonderful descent into the New York art world led by a hero you won’t soon forget. . . .A little chick lit, a little Devil Wears Prada, and a little Barbara Shapiro, Fake should find broad appeal.”  — First Clue

“Forgery, felonies and the world of fine art combine in this exhilarating thriller. . . . Readers who revel in seductive temptation will love this.” — BookTrib

“A fast-paced ride through the glitz and glamour of New York's art scene. Gripping and heartfelt, Fake will probe readers to consider what's real in a world where the images we portray are more carefully curated than ever.” — Carola Lovering, bestselling author of Tell Me Lies and Too Good to Be True

Emma Caan is a fake. 

She’s a forger, an artist who specializes in nineteenth-century paintings. But she isn’t a criminal; her copies are commissioned by museums and ultra-wealthy collectors protecting their investments. Emma’s more than mastered a Gauguin brushstroke and a van Gogh wheat field. When oligarch art collector Leonard Sobetsky unexpectedly appears with an invitation, Emma sees a new path for herself, and access to the kind of money she needs to support her unstable and recently widowed mother. 

But every invitation incurs an obligation . . . and Emma isn’t prepared for what’s to come. As she’s pulled further into Leonard’s opulent scene, she will discover what’s lurking beneath the glitz and glamour. When she does, the past she’s worked hard to overcome will collide with the present, making her wonder how much of her carefully curated life is just as fake as her forgeries . . .


Erica Katz is a pseudonym for a graduate of Columbia University Law School who began her career at a major Manhattan law firm. A native of New Jersey, she now lives in New York City. The Boys’ Club is Katz’s first novel and Fake is her second.


Meets from 7:00pm to 9:00pm November 01, 2022 - November 01, 2022
Chicago Fine Art Co. 3727 S Dixie Hwy West Palm Beach, FL 33405-2229

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