Maria Hummel and Sara Houghteling
June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Maria Hummel discusses her new novel, Still Lives with Sara Houghteling.
Praise for Still Lives
“Still Lives offers its readers that delicious combination of entertainment and brilliance. It’s at once profound and suspenseful, and while the plot kept me up nights (the ending had me gasping in surprise!), the book as a whole asks important questions about art and representation and how we, as a culture, objectify and endanger and victimize women. Maria Hummel has written a remarkable, relevant, and necessary novel.” —Edan Lepucki, Woman No. 17 and California
“There’s nothing I like better than a well-written page-turner about the art world, and Maria Hummel has delivered this and more with her new literary thriller, Still Lives. Flawed characters abound as do clever plots and subplots along with irresistible peeks into hidden chambers of the LA art scene. Riveting.” —B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger and The Muralist
“As gritty and glittering as the L.A. art world it depicts, Maria Hummel’s latest novel soars into the sun-swept heights of fame and beauty, then plunges us into violence. In Still Lives, Hummel does what she does best: delving with sensitivity and wit into complex, intertwined lives, lives that strain the frames that enclose them. Intelligent, vivid, and impeccably paced, this thrilling novel forces us to confront how dangerous art can be.” —Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of Night at the Fiestas
About Still Lives
Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Livesis comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women–the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others–and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.
As the city’s richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum’s opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution’s flailing finances.
Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala.
Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie’s ex. A rogue’s gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord’s disappearance, she’ll come to suspect all of those closest to her.
Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world’s hall of mirrors, and one woman’s journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets.
“Still Lives offers its readers that delicious combination of entertainment and brilliance. It’s at once profound and suspenseful, and while the plot kept me up nights (the ending had me gasping in surprise ), the book as a whole asks important questions about art and representation and how we, as a culture, objectify and endanger and victimize women.
Motherland is inspired by stories from author Maria Hummel’s father and his German childhood, and letters between her grandparents that were hidden in an attic wall for fifty years.
A sweeping and sensuous novel of a son’s quest to recover his family’s lost masterpieces, looted by the Nazis during the occupation.