The Groton Public Library invites the community to attend a talk by FBI Special Agent Geoff Kelly and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Security Director, Anthony Amore, on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. at the library.
The talk is one of a series of programs that celebrates the 2014 Groton READS book pick, "The Art Forger," by Barbara Shapiro. Shapiro's bestseller is a mystery-thriller set in Boston and sparked by the 1990 art heist at the museum, the largest unsolved art theft in history.
The speakers will discuss the ongoing investigation and allow time for a question-and-answer period. In addition, Amore, the museum security chief, will be selling and signing copies of his book, "Stealing Rembrandts."
During the 1990 heist, 13 works of art, including paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer, considered among the most important and valuable works in the world, were stolen. In Shapiro's novel, an aspiring young Boston artist finds herself at the center of an intrigue involving forgery and theft of a famous painting by Degas.
The Art Forger has garnered a number of awards since its publication in 2012, including the 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction, the 2013 "Must Read" for Massachusetts, and the Boston Globe's Top Mysteries of 2012.
The March 9 program is free and made possible with the support of the Groton Public Library Endowment Fund. For more information, visit www.gpl.org or pick up a brochure at the library.