Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Susan Vreeland and The Passion of Artemisia

It was such a pleasure to talk with Susan Vreeland about her book "The Passion of Artemisia: A Novel." I would love to hear your feedback. You can also learn more about the book on her website.


  1. Wow! I didn't realize that Ekphrasis is the name of your art book club. How perfect! I give workshops on ekphrasis, the use of some art piece in a creative product of a different genre, such as a novel or play or poem. You might like to read my take on the term on my Goodreads blog.

    I had a blast with your group this morning as we discussed "The Passion of Artemisia." They asked good questions and they laughed at my humor. Let's do it again for "Life Studies," my short story collection, which includes examples of ekphrasis, Impressionist paintings woven into narratives.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, for entertaining and enlightening us yesterday, and for offering to be with us again!

      We have an annual Ekphrastic workshop for high school students at the MMFA - and the reading was just last week. We will certainly read about the term on your blog and share it with the writing teacher who partners with us on this.


  2. I dont do blogs, but I thought she was indeed charming. I have read and enjoyed everything she has written. Love getting to talk to her in person. You are doing a great job, Tim. Liz

  3. Susan, I did think of you when coming up with the title. We featured "Life Studies" for a book club at the Hunter Museum back in 2006. I think that is when I first heard you address the topic. You are an inspiration in more ways than one.

  4. I enjoyed the book, but the opportunity to hear the author's responses to questions was wonderful. Susan Vreelands passion for telling the story is an inspiration.

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed our visit with Susan. She has a great sense of humor and a great story teller. It is always good to hear an author answer questions about her book--it adds another dimension to what we have read. Thanks!!