THE LOST VAN GOGH - Jonathan Santlofer in conversation with Tom Piazza

Come join us for an evening with award-winning author Jonathan Santlofer celebrating the release of his new novel, THE LOST VAN GOGH.  New Orleans author Tom Piazza will join him in conversation.

"Ingeniously plotted, irresistibly readable, brimming with inside information about the high-stakes art world of theft, forgery, and murder, Jonathan Santlofer’s The Lost Van Gogh tracks the history of a missing self-portrait by Van Gogh against the background of the notorious Nazi campaign against "degenerate art.” Also included are brilliantly rendered drawings by the author, who is as accomplished an artist as he is a writer of suspense thrillers." — Joyce Carol Oates

From the real-life artist, legal counterfeiter and acclaimed author Jonathan Santlofer comes THE LOST VAN GOGH, an action-packed mystery of the underground art world.

For years, there have been whispers that, before his death, Van Gogh completed a final self-portrait. Curators and art historians have savored this rumor, hoping it could illuminate some of the troubled artist's many secrets, but even they have to concede that the missing painting is likely lost forever.

But when Luke Perrone, artist and great-grandson of the man who stole the Mona Lisa, and Alexis Verde, daughter of a notorious art thief, discover what may be the missing portrait, they are drawn into a most epic art puzzles. When only days later the painting disappears again, they are reunited with INTERPOL agent John Washington Smith in a dangerous and deadly search that will not only expose secrets of the artist's last days but draws them into one of history's darkest eras.

Beneath the paint and canvas, beneath the beauty and the legend, the artwork has become linked with something evil, something that continues to flourish on the dark web and on the shadiest corridors of the underground art world.

Jonathan Santlofer is an artist and award-winning author, most recently of THE LAST MONA LISA and THE LOST VAN GOGH (Jan. 2). He is the winner of the Nero Award for Best Crime Novel of 2009 and the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants. He has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy In Rome, the Vermont Studio Center, and serves on the board of Yaddo, one of the oldest arts communities in the U.S. He was the creator and director of the Center For Fiction’s CRIME FICTION ACADEMY, the only program devoted exclusively to crime writing. He has taught Crime Fiction Writing, the graphic novel and Drawing in Pratt Institute’s Creative Writing program, Columbia University and The New School. He has given numerous workshops at writing conferences and festivals and has been a sought after lecturer at colleges, universities and museums across the country, among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and LA MOCA. Also a well-known artist, Jonathan’s work has been exhibited in more than 200 exhibitions worldwide and is included in numerous private, corporate and public collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Art Institute of Chicago, IL, the Newark Museum, NJ, and Tokyo’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Japan. He lives in New York City where he writes and paint. He last appeared at Octavia Books virtually in conversation with Tom Piazza for THE LAST MONA LISA in 2021 (see

Tom Piazza is celebrated both as a novelist and as a writer on American music. His twelve books include the novels The Auburn Conference and City Of Refuge, the short-story collection Blues and Trouble, the post-Katrina manifesto Why New Orleans Matters, and the essay collection Devil Sent The Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America. He was a principal writer for the innovative New Orleans-based HBO drama series TREME and the winner of a Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey. He lives in New Orleans, where he can often be found at Octavia Books.

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Friday, January 12, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
The Lost Van Gogh: A Novel By Jonathan Santlofer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728258966
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 2nd, 2024

Jonathan Santlofer is an award-winning author and artist whose work has been exhibited in more than 200 exhibitions worldwide. THE LOST VAN GOGH is a spellbinding thriller of masterpieces, masterminds, and the mysterious underbelly of the art world. In this highly-anticipated sequel to THE LAST MONA LISA, Santlofer turns his attention to one of the most revered artists of all time, spinning a riveting tale based on rumors that Van Gogh completed a final self-portrait before his death, one that has since been lost to time—or the black market.

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ISBN: 9781728240763
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 17th, 2021


"Unstoppable what-happens-next momentum."—Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A deliciously tense read."—Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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ISBN: 9781609388812
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