Katherine Ashenburg

Katherine Ashenburg is the prize-winning author of three non-fiction books and hundreds of articles on a wide variety of subjects. After her Ph.D. dissertation about Dickens and Christmas, Katherine left academia to work as a radio producer for CBC and the Arts and Books editor of the Globe and Mail. She regularly writes about travel for the New York Times, as well as design and architecture for Toronto Life magazine. She also teaches and lectures on a variety of subjects. Sofie & Cecilia is her first novel.


Sofie & Cecilia


Sofie & Cecilia is the story of a lifelong female friendship, set in the fascinating art world of Sweden between 1900 and 1940, just as modern art and the beginnings of the Scandinavian mid-century modern design movement were inspiring a creative revolution across northern Europe. Loosely based on the lives of celebrated artists Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn (“Nils Olsson” and “Lars Vogt” in the novel), Ashenburg transports us behind both the public and domestic scenes – and canvasses – of these men to reveal the lesser-known but equally astounding and rich stories of the women who married them: restlessly creative artist-in-her-own-right Sofie Olsson, and fiercely private and intelligent curator Cecilia Vogt.

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