The J Announces an Online Author Event with Whitney Scharer
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston (the J) is excited to announce that they will be hosting an online author event with Whitney Scharer, the author of The Age of Light, on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 PM.

The Age of Light is a work of ​“bio-fiction” — a fictional biography of a real person. Lee Miller is another in the long line of women who enabled and then outshone a famous man but got no credit for it.  "I'd rather take a photograph than be one," Lee declares after she arrives in Paris in 1929, where she soon catches the eye of the famous Surrealist Man Ray. Lee convinces him to take her on as his assistant and teach her everything he knows. As they work together in the darkroom, their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined, changing the course of Lee's life forever.

We learn about Lee’s years as a photojournalist covering the blitz in London and then traveling with troops after D-Day as they liberated death camps and European towns. In these episodes, Scharer recreates the circumstances that led Miller to take each of her iconic war photographs. Scharer paints an intimate picture of interwar Paris, with its intellectual vibrancy and excitement, and includes all the famous artists that Man Ray and Miller knew.

People Magazine calls it “rivetingly sexy…Think F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda with cameras instead of pens: who’s the talent and who’s the muse?” and Time Magazine says “Scharer…skillfully renders an electric version of [Paris], pulling the reader into the opulence and mystery of the era.”  The Age of Light won Le prix Rive Gauche à Paris, was a coups de couer selection from the American Library in Paris, and has been published or is forthcoming from over a dozen other countries.

Whitney Scharer earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. She received an Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, a Somerville Arts Council Artists grant, and been awarded a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The Age of Light is her first novel.

The author talk will be moderated  by Catherine Couturier who is the owner and director of Catherine Couturier Gallery.  Couturier reviews portfolios for organizations and festivals such as Photo Nola, Texas Photographic Society, and FotoFest.  She is a juror for Critical Mass and serves on the advisory council of Houston Center for Photography.

The event is free, though advance registration is required.  For more information visit

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