Talk of the Stacks

Tracy Chevalier

Thu, Jun 27, 2024, 6:30pm

Minneapolis Central Library - Pohlad Hall, 2nd Floor - Registration Required

Free Registration - Zoom Livestream

In-person registration for this event is full. Please register for the Zoom livestream.

Blue books stacked on top of each other
In this headshot, Tracy Chevalier wears a red top and smiles into the camera in front of a plain backdrop.
Blue, green and teal tones strike through the background of this simple cover that reads "The Glassmaker."

It's those little daily incidents of life that are dramatic. If you put a frame around it, suddenly they become much bigger and much more important than you ever imagined.

—Tracy Chevalier

New York Times Bestselling Author

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, the richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer’s most celebrated paintings. The book has been translated into forty-five languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, a play, and an opera. Adept in the art of historical fiction, Chevalier has also published titles such as A Single Thread, Remarkable Creatures, and At the Edge of the Orchard.

Her latest book, The Glassmaker, is a rich, transporting story that follows a family of glassmakers from the height of Renaissance-era Italy to the present day. In 1486, Venice is a wealthy, opulent center for trade. Orsola Rosso is the eldest daughter in a family of glassblowers on Murano, the island revered for the craft. Skipping like a stone through the centuries, in a Venice where time moves as slowly as molten glass, we follow Orsola and her family as they live through creative triumphs and heartbreaking losses. The Glassmaker is as inventive as it is spellbinding: a mesmerizing portrait of a woman, a family, and a city as everlasting as their glass.

Chevalier was born and raised in Washington D.C. before moving to London, where she resides now. Before writing novels, she worked as a reference book editor, where she honed her skills for research and accuracy. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich. 


This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. Use the links at the top of the page to register for either the in-person event or virtual option.

This event takes place at the Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall on the 2nd Floor. Pohlad Hall doors open at 6 p.m. for general admission seating. Registrants must check-in for seating by 6:20 p.m. After this time, any open seats will be released to our wait list queue.  

Order the author's latest book from bookselling partner Magers & Quinn. The author's latest title will also be on sale in the event lobby, and a book signing will take place following the talk.

Using your Hennepin County Library card, download the author's past titles through the Libby App or search the catalog for pick up locations.

In-Person Event: Accessible and companion seating are available at all Talk of the Stacks events. Check with a staff member or volunteer upon arrival to request this seating. For all other requests, including ASL interpretation services, please email at least two weeks prior to your event.

Virtual Option: Closed captioning is provided for all virtual Talk of the Stacks events. To use closed captioning during a virtual program, click the "CC" icon and select "Show Subtitles."

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