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Nina Siegal is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop in Fiction (2006) and a journalist by career (The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Time Out Amsterdam). Her first novel, A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH THE FACTS, (Harper Collins, 2007), a newspaper gossip girl's rise, fall and resurrection in New York City, was written while she was a student at Iowa. It was published as a trade paperback original. It was after taking an art history class that Nina decided to write a paper on Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson, a painting that had fascinated her as a child, a print of which had been in her home as a souvenir of her father’s medical school days. With the help of a Fulbright Fellowship and the Jack Leggett Fellowship from Iowa, Nina moved to Amsterdam and began the research that resulted in THE ANATOMY, her most ambitious work. She says, “Once I started reading about the history of the painting, that it was a commemoration of a public anatomical lesson that took place in a tower in Amsterdam in front of some 200 to 300 spectators, followed by a banquet and torch parade through town, I was hooked.” While in Amsterdam, Nina became the founding editor of Time Out Amsterdam. She continues to reside in Amsterdam where she reports on art and culture for various publications, while working on her next novel, once again set in the art world.

 

 



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