MANCHESTER - B. A. Shapiro will present her historically rich, deliciously witty, sensuous, and smart tale of authenticity versus fakery, the New York Times best-seller, "The Art Forger," Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.

In the early morning of March 18, 1990, two thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and made off with 13 pieces of art today worth more than $500 million. The works, including four by Edgar Degas, have never been recovered, making this the largest unsolved art heist in history.

This crime is the inspiration for B. A. Shapiro's exhilarating literary thriller, "The Art Forger," which Publishers Weekly described as "filled with delightful twists, turns, and ruminations on what constitutes truth in art's lively ride."

B. A. Shapiro lives in Boston and teaches creative writing at Northeastern University.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.