Northshire Manchester: Christine Coulson - One Woman Show

In person in Manchester!
Event date: 
Sunday, November 5, 2023 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
Southern Vermont Arts Center
860 SVAC Drive / West Road
Manchester, VT 05254


We are delighted to welcome you to this in person event at The Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, VT!

Author Christine Coulson will join us at The Southern Vermont Arts Center to speak on her new book One Woman Show. A sly and stylish novel—remarkably told through museum wall labels—about a twentieth-century woman who transforms herself from a precious object into an unforgettable protagonist. Author Christine Coulson spent twenty-five years writing for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her final project was to write wall labels for the museum’s new British Galleries. During that time, she dreamt of using The Met’s strict label format to describe people as intricate works of art. The result is this bullet of a novel that imagines a privileged twentieth-century woman as an artifact—an object prized, collected, and critiqued. One Woman Show revolves around the life of Kitty Whitaker as she is defined by her potential for display and moved from collection to collection through multiple marriages. Coulson precisely distills each stage of this sprawling life, every brief snapshot in time a wry reflection on womanhood, ownership, value, and power. Described with poignancy and humor over the course of a century, Kitty emerges as an eccentric heroine who disrupts her porcelain life with both major force and minor transgressions. As human foibles propel each delicately crafted text, Coulson’s playful reversal on our interaction with art ultimately questions who really gets to tell our stories.

Christine Coulson spent twenty-five years writing for The Metropolitan Museum of Art and left as Senior Writer in 2019. Her debut novel about the museum, Metropolitan Stories, was a national bestseller and is followed by One Woman Show.

"Beautiful, disjointing, and ethereal, this is Cubism-- in the author's words as she quotes Meret Oppenheim, "an enormously tiny bit of a lot"-- at its finest. It is a haunting and lyrical portrait of the twentieth century writ large through one woman's life and experiences, with each and every word in its groundbreaking narrative form full of symbolism and significance. A masterpiece of a book!" — Bethany Marsfelder

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One Woman Show: A Novel By Christine Coulson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668027783
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2023

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Metropolitan Stories: A Novel By Christine Coulson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635420937
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Published: Other Press - April 20th, 2021

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