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Night Stories

In this innovative concept and unique presentation, fine art painter Linden Frederick has created 15 paintings and enlisted and inspired noted writers to create accompanying stories. Renowned authors as diverse and talented as Elizabeth Strout, Ann Patchett, Anthony Doerr, Richard Russo and Lawrence Kasdan, among others, have contributing to expanding the artists' world with their tales, as varied and captivating as the artworks themselves. From concept to realization, Night Stories has been nine years in the making. Finding his work collected by a growing number of authors/screenwriters/playwrights, artist Linden Frederick wondered why they connected so strongly to his work. So he asked, beginning with a conversation with local writer and friend, Richard Russo. His conversations then extended to the other literary figures whose work is included in this book: Luanne Rice, Lois Lowry, Andre Dubus III, Elizabeth Strout, Ann Patchett, Anthony Doerr, Tess Gerritsen, Ted Tally, Lily King, Dennis Lehane, Joshua Ferris, Daniel Woodrell, Louise Erdrich, and Lawrence Kasdan. Each had a unique response, and each agreed to write a short story to accompany one of Frederick's paintings. Frederick is an artist whose work is rooted to small-town America, work that has sometimes been described as "stage sets," and that has provoked the imagination of some of the most important talents of the day. These writers have here commented on Frederick's art in the genre they know best, storytelling. Unlike any other book by a contemporary fine artist, this unique and compelling collection is the best of what a book can be: a perfect entertainment that combines visual and written art offered up by a collaboration of some of the greatest talents in each field.
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Linden Frederick, originally from upstate New York, studied at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and at the Academia de Belle Arte, Florence, Italy. Frederick concentrates on sensitive and narrative landscape and scene paintings with exceptional success. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, The Farnsworth Art Museum, Arnot Art Musuem, Arkansas Art Cente, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, and the Everhart Museum, as well as in galleries from New York and Florida to California. Since 1989, he has lived in Belfast, Maine.


"Some art takes its subject from literature. It is far more unusual for literature to take its inspiration from art. But that is exactly what 15 writers--many of them prize-winners or best-sellers--have done..."--Ellen Gamerman "The Wall Street Journal " To me, Linden Frederick's paintings of a solitary store and a deserted highway at twilight, a single light in a large dark house, a tarnished car from an earlier era and an ice machine in winter depict a faded version of small-town America that is drained of nostalgia; this isn't the way life used to be, it's the way life really is.--Christine Parrish "The Free Press, 8/10/2017 " "It's about time more fiction writers got into the ekphrastic business. I can't wait to read "Night Stories" and see what this talented group has woven from Frederick's mysterious and captivating paintings"--Joshua Bodwell "Portland Press Herald, 8/27/2017 " "He painted; they wrote. Such was the genesis of Night Stories, a new exhibition and collection of short fiction from Linden Frederick and 15 of America's best novelists and screenwriters."--NATHAN FRONTIERO "TAKE Magazine, 8/25/2017 " "It prompts the public to look and think differently about the connections between fine art and literature."--Debbie Hagan "Hyperallergic "

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