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October 2016

Dawn Tripp speaks at The Rogers Free Library in partnership with the RWU Talking in the Library Series


Joan Prescott, Director of Rogers Free Library, welcomes the audience.



Adam Braver introduces novelist Dawn Tripp.


 Dawn Tripp takes the podium.


Discussing why she chose Georgia O’Keefe as her subject for GEORGIA


 Answering a question on fact versus fiction


Dawn shares an insight to one of her favorite O’Keefe paintings


Talking about her writing process


Dawn shares how she researched the book


Dawn talks about portraying the love between Georgia and Stieglitz


Sharing her six year journey toward writing GEORGIA





Photos by: Megan Lessard/Roger Williams University Library

Upcoming Talking in the Library looks at the Intersection of Art and Relationships

by Alexis den Boggende, Connections Intern


This fall’s second Talking in the Library event (held at Rogers Free Library in Bristol) will feature novelist Dawn Tripp. Tripp is an award-winning author of novels such as Moon Tide and Game of Secrets, which became a Boston Globe bestseller. Her writing has been dubbed “thrilling” and “haunting” by multiple critics and reviews nationally. A graduate of Harvard University, the Massachusetts native is a winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction. Her essays have been published in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and many other esteemed literary publications.


In February of 2016, Tripp published her most recent novel, Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe. The novel went on to become a national bestseller. This historical novel chronicles the rise of Georgia O’Keeffe into prominence as an established artist, as well as her affair with Alfred Stieglitz, a fellow artist and photographer. O’Keeffe is best known for her canvases depicting flowers and the desert landscapes of New Mexico.


In the novel, Tripp analyzes the relationship between O’Keeffe and Stieglitz–who controversially–is credited with giving her inspiration and guiding her throughout her career. When they met, O’Keeffe was quite young, and Stieglitz a married man. The relationship between the two has always been shrouded in mystery.


Tripp conveys O’Keeffe in Georgia in a way few have before: what was Georgia O’Keeffe really like? Who, and what, helped configure her art? What inspired her, and what was she really like as a person? As the New York Times noted in its review of Georgia, “Tripp’s O’Keeffe is complex and original.”


All of this, as well as many of O’Keeffe’s experiences, are documented in an interesting, compelling narrative by Tripp, who allows her readers to go into the world of the artist and understand what such an adventurous life was like for her.


This Talking in the Library lecture is presented in collaboration with Rogers Free Library and the Rogers Free Friends of the Library Jane Bowdell Endowment.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 5, 2016


WHERE: Rogers Free Library (Bristol, RI)


TIME: 7:00 PM

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