Join us for this unique opportunity to meet art theft novelist Luba Lesychyn and celebrate the museum world. Museums are slowly opening back up, but behind-the-scenes activity in these institutions is still mostly a mystery to the public. In the author’s two books, Theft By Chocolate and Theft Between the Rains, Luba draws on her more than 20 years at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum in crafting entertaining, riveting, and humourous page-turning stories. Luba will read some of her favourite scenes that take place in museum spaces you might never have imagined existed and in parts unknown of Toronto.
Theft By Chocolate, about a woman looking for chocolate, love, and an international art thief in all the wrong places, centers around the mounting of a blockbuster exhibition and lead character Kalena Boyko’s uncovering of a plot to steal one of its key Maya artifacts. In the sequel, Theft Between the Rains, Kalena must untangle, during one of Toronto’s wettest seasons on record, the puzzle of why art stolen during World War II, and still on a register of missing art, suddenly starts appearing on her doorstep. The two-part series is Luba’s love letter to the museum world, but she will also share how the inspirations, writing processes, and publishing experiences with each book could not have been more different.
This program is delivered through Zoom. You only need to register once per viewing device.
This program was made possible with the financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers' Union of Canada.