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THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO: A Reading and Conversation with Chris Cander

October 12, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon reading with author Chris Cander from her acclaimed new book, The Weight of a Piano, followed by a conversation. The reading will take place at the Sturgeon Bay home of Lana Billeaud and John McGinnis on the shore of Green Bay. (Parking is limited; please consider carpooling.) The event is free with donations to Write On gratefully accepted. Write On’s Artistic Director, Jerod Santek, and Managing Director, Lauren Bremer, will be on hand to discuss our expansion plans.


Cander Chris book coverThe Weight of a Piano follows the interweaving stories of two women—a Soviet concert pianist and a young mechanic in California—and their shared, devastating connection to the same Blüthner piano, its tragic history, and to each other.

In post-WW2 Russia, young pianist Katya Zeldin receives what will become her most prized possession: a Blüthner piano. The piano is the most constant presence of her short life, accompanying her as she marries, flees Russia with her husband and young son as Soviet Refusniks, and re-settles in Los Angeles. In modern day, Clara Lundy struggles to let go of the same Blüthner, which she’s been dragging around with her since her father gifted it to her for her 12th birthday, just before his sudden and unexplained death.

Using music and creative passion to illustrate how one object can become the focal point of a lifelong struggle, The Weight of a Piano is ultimately about how we reconcile the present with the past, and how to do so we must sometimes let go of our idealized sense of both.

“The reader is left to contemplate loss and legacy, the novel’s notion of ‘poetry and color and imagination’ lingering like the notes of a distant song. . . . Cander proves herself masterful.”— Kathleen Rooney, The Minneapolis Star Tribune


Cander ChrisChris Cander is the award-winning author of the novels Whisper Hollow, 11 Stories, and the children’s picture book The Word Burglar. Released by Knopf in January, 2019, The Weight of a Piano has received starred reviews by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and BookPage, and was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as an Indie Next Pick for February 2019. Foreign editions are out or forthcoming from Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Brazil, Poland, China, Taiwan, Israel, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and more.

Chris is a true literary citizen, sharing her love of reading and writing within her hometown of Houston and beyond. For seven years, she has taught for Writers in the Schools, serves on the Inprint advisory board, mentors other writers through the AWP Writer-to-Writer Mentorship Program, and stewards several Little Free Libraries in her community.


October 12, 2019
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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