Suzanne Hinman holds a Ph.D. in American art history and has been a curator, gallerist, museum director, professor, and an art model.  Her interest in the Gilded Age and the famed Cornish Art Colony grew while associate director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.  The Grandest Madison Square Garden tells the remarkable non-fiction story of the fabulous 1890 “palace of pleasure” designed by Stanford White and the nude sculpture of the virgin goddess Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, set on the Garden’s and America’s tallest tower. While revealing much new information, dispelling long-held myths, and proposing controversial new theories, the book conveys a sense of on-scene immediacy and excitement as this remarkable amalgamation of architecture, art, and spectacle rises amid the elegant yet scandal-ridden culture of the Gilded Age.  She will be reading from the book’s prologue, which places the reader vividly at the 1891 dedication of the tower and the sculpture that topped it.