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Best of the Book Nook: The Passion of Artemisia, by Susan Vreeland

Vick Mickunas' 2002 interview with Susan Vreeland


In 2002 Susan Vreeland returned to the program to discuss her novel about Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian painter of baroque masterpieces. "The Passion of Artemisia" was the followup to her extraordinary collection of linked stories "Girl in Hyacinth Blue." Vreeland's depiction of an artist who fought to overcome a sexist society now seems remarkably prescient during our current wave of #MeToo awakenings throughout our culture.

If you browse through our Book Nook podcast archive you can locate my initial interview with Vreeland and hear how great art had transformed her life and helped her to recover from a serious illness. Vreeland, who died a couple of years ago, was a very special writer.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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