Bestselling author Christina Baker Kline will present a Farnsworth Art Museum lecture titled Christina’s World: From Painting to Novel Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

What was Christina Olson’s world really like? Why was Andrew Wyeth so drawn to it that he devoted many years to capturing it on canvas? These were the questions that obsessed Baker Kline as she wrote her new novel, “Christina’s World,” inspired by the iconic 1948 American painting that hangs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In this talk, using artwork and photographs, Baker Kline will address the joys and complications of writing a novel about real people; about her creative process and the decisions she’s made along the way; and will share her discoveries about both who Christina really was and why she and her world engaged Wyeth’s interest for so long.

Baker Kline grew up in Bangor, as well as in England and the American South. She is the author of five novels including “Orphan Train,” which spent more than two years on The New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at No. 1. It has been chosen as a One Book, One Read selection by more than 100 communities and colleges; has been published in 40 countries; and has been shortlisted for, and won, various literary and historical fiction prizes. She also has written and edited five nonfiction books. Her new novel will be published this winter. She splits her time between an old house in Montclair, N.J., and an even older house in Southwest Harbor.

The cost for this program is $12, $10 for Farnsworth members. Tickets may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets, (800) 838-3006 (24/7) or online at Tickets also may be purchased in the museum store or at the Farnsworth’s main lobby admissions desk.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or