Thursday, Aug 26, 6-7:15 PM

Jonathan Santlofer – THE LAST MONA LISA – in conversation with Tom Piazza

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Join us via Zoom with author Johathan Santlofer presenting his new novel, THE LAST MONA LISA , in conversation with New Orleans author Tom Piazza . Please pre-purchase the book now, hardback or paperback, from Octavia Books at and we will notify you prior to the date how to join this special event on Zoom. "Oh, what a web Jonathan Santlofer weaves…THE LAST MONA LISA brings together past and present, seasons it with intriguing characters, and brushes it with plot twists that you don't see coming to create an unstoppable what-happens-next momentum. Santlofer has outdone himself this time." -Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller series August, 1911 : The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Exactly what happens in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. Many replicas of the Mona Lisa exist, and more than one historian has wondered if the painting now returned to the Louvre is a fake, switched in 1911. Present day : Art professor Luke Perrone digs for the truth behind his most famous ancestor: Peruggia. His search attracts an Interpol detective with something to prove and an unfamiliar but curiously helpful woman. Soon, Luke tumbles deep into the world of art and forgery, a land of obsession and danger. A gripping novel exploring the Mona Lisa's very real theft in 1911 and the present underbelly of the art world, THE LAST MONA LISA is a suspenseful tale, tapping into our universal fascination with da Vinci's enigma, why people are driven to possess certain works of art, and our fascination with the authentic and the fake. Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. His debut novel, THE DEATH ARTIST, was an international bestseller translated into 17 languages, a People Magazine "Page-Turner of the Week" and is currently in development at Fox, along with his second and third novels. His fourth novel, ANATOMY OF FEAR, won the Nero Award for best crime novel of 2009. Jonathan created the Crime Fiction Academy as The Center for Fiction. As an artist, Jonathan has been making replications of famous paintings for wealthy clients for more than 20 years. Tom Piazza is celebrated as a novelist and a writer on American music. His twelve books include the novels A FREE STATE; CITY OF REFUGE; and MY COLD WAR; the post-Katrina manifesto WHY NEW ORLEANS MATTERS; the essay collection DEVVIL SENT THE RAIN; and many other works. He was a principal writer for the innovative HBO drama series TREME, and the winner of a Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey . His writing has appeared in T he New York Times, The Atlantic, Bookforum, The Oxford American, Columbia Journalism Review , and many other periodicals. He lives in New Orleans.