VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT
IN CONVERSATION WITH WENDI NORRIS

Michaela Carter: Leonora in the Morning Light
6PM (9PM ET) TUESDAY, APRIL 6
LOCATION: LIVE ON ZOOM



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Arizona author Michaela Carter (Further Out Than You Thought) discusses her latest with art dealer Wendi Norris.


ABOUT THE BOOK

One of O, The Oprah Magazine’s “Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Novels That Will Sweep You Away” and LitHub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021.”

For fans of Amy Bloom’s White Houses and Colm Tóibín’s The Master, a page-turning novel about Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington and the art, drama, and romance that defined her coming-of-age during World War II.

1940. A train carrying exiled German prisoners from a labor camp arrives in southern France. Within moments, word spreads that Nazi capture is imminent, and the men flee for the woods, desperate to disappear across the Spanish border. One stays behind, determined to ride the train until he reaches home, to find a woman he refers to simply as “her.”

1937. Leonora Carrington is a twenty-year-old British socialite and painter dreaming of independence when she meets Max Ernst, an older, married artist whose work has captivated Europe. She follows him to Paris, into the vibrant revolutionary world of studios and cafes where rising visionaries of the Surrealist movement like Andre Breton, Pablo Picasso, Lee Miller, Man Ray, and Salvador Dali are challenging conventional approaches to art and life. Inspired by their freedom, Leonora begins to experiment with her own work, translating vivid stories of her youth onto canvas and gaining recognition under her own name. It is a bright and glorious age of enlightenment—until the shadow of war looms over Europe and headlines emerge denouncing Max and his circle as “degenerates,” leading to his arrest and imprisonment. Left along as occupation spreads throughout the countryside, Leonora battles terrifying circumstances to survive, reawakening past demons that threaten to consume her.

As Leonora and Max embark on remarkable journeys together and apart, the full story of their tumultuous and passionate love affair unfolds, spanning time and borders as they seek to reunite and reclaim their creative power in a world shattered by war. When their paths cross with Peggy Guggenheim, an art collector and socialite working to help artists escape to America, nothing will be the same.

Based on true events and historical figures, Leonora in the Morning Light is an unforgettable story of love, art, and destiny that restores a twentieth-century heroine to her rightful place in our collective imagination.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michaela Carter is a writer, painter, and an award-winning poet. Her novel Further Out Than You Thought was an Indie Next Pick, an Arizona Republic Recommends, and AZ Central’s Best critic’s pick for 2014. Her poetry won the Poetry Society of America, Los Angeles, New Poet’s Prize, has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. She is the cofounder of the independent bookstore The Peregrine Book Company, where she works as a buyer. She lives in Prescott, Arizona, with her husband and two dogs, and she can be visited on the web at MichaelaCarter.com. Her latest work is Leonora in the Morning Light.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Wendi Norris started Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco in 2011 after co-owning a gallery and working for a decade in Fortune 500 and start-up technology companies. Her gallery team represents critically acclaimed artists and artist estates, working to ensure that they are included in international museum and private collections, top-tier exhibitions and publications around the world. Norris served as the San Francisco Art Dealers Association President from 2014-2016 and is currently on the Board of the Art Dealers Association of America. She has twice been named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times.

Norris worked directly with Leonora Carrington during the last decade of her life and her gallery has been the primary global representative of her art since her death in 2011. The gallery has produced three solo exhibitions (Leonora Carrington: The Talismanic Lens, 2008; Leonora Carrington: The Celtic Surrealist, 2014; and Leonora Carrington: The Story of the Last Egg, 2019) and two publications (Leonora Carrington: The Talismanic Lens, 2008 and Leonora Carrington: The Story of the Last Egg, 2020) on Carrington's work.