Tomorrow, December 6, Polish author Eva Stachniak will appear at Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Library to discuss her recently published historical novel, The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great. Already receiving high praise, Stachniak’s book infuses the novel format with historical research from letters and diaries, effectively portraying one of history’s most intriguing female leaders. Through the eyes of a fictional Polish servant, Varvara, Stachniak traces Catherine’s reign from its unexpected beginnings to its peak, mixing history with compelling elements of imagination.
Eva Stachniak was born in Wroclaw, Poland, and moved to Canada in 1981. Her debut novel, Necessary Lies, won the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2000. She has also published Garden of Venus, a novel which has been translated into seven languages. Stachniak currently lives in Toronto.
Stachniak’s discussion will begin at 6pm. Greenpoint Library is located at 107 Norman Ave. (at Leonard St.) in Greenpoint.