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FDR Presidential Library Presents Author Talk On '13 Presidents'

Marisa Futernick will be discussing her new book at the FDR Library in Hyde Park
Marisa Futernick will be discussing her new book at the FDR Library in Hyde Park Photo Credit: Griffin Gallery

HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is hosting an author talk and book signing with Marisa Futernick, author of the forthcoming "13 Presidents," on Thursday, Sept. 1.

The free event starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

In 2014, Futernick drove nearly 10,000 miles across America, visiting all 13 of the country's presidential libraries. "13 Presidents" is the result: an artist's book that combines photographs from the journey with a suite of short stories.

Mixing fact and fiction, each president from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush is a protagonist. The photos depict the everyday details of the towns that these men are from, including the homes where they were born and their final resting places.

The book weaves together personal narrative with wider cultural observation, and Futernick's work explores the realities of the American Dream. She also combines issues of class, progress and real estate, using a variety of media, including drawing, screenprinting and painting.

Futernick was born in Detroit in 1980. She studied at Yale, graduating cum laude with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. In 2000, she was a visiting student in visual art at Goldsmiths College, London, where she received first honors. She has lived and worked in London since 2002, and she received a postgraduate diploma from the Royal Academy Schools in 2014.

The presentation takes place at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library, 4079 Albany Post Rd., in Hyde Park.

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