Talking ins and outs of the writing process

Reba and Dave Williams have proved that mixing business and pleasure isn’t always a bad thing. Not only have they pursued long and productive careers in the world of business and finance, along the way, they also amassed what was thought to be the largest collection of fine art prints by American artists in private hands.

The couple created 17 exhibitions from their art collection that circulated to more than 100 museums worldwide — including the Greenwich Historical Society in 2008 — with Ms. Williams writing most of the exhibition catalogs. In 2009, they donated their amazing print collection to the National Gallery of Art.

Both have now embarked on new careers as writers, and both have drawn on their experience as art collectors for their first books.

Tomorrow, June 27, Mr. and Ms. Williams will talk about their respective publications and the writing process at the Greenwich Historical Society. Mr. Williams’ Small Victories: A Print Collector’s Story is a memoir published by David R. Godine and due for release early next year. Ms. Williams’ Restrike, recently published by Delos, is a mystery with an art world focus. In fact, her overarching goal in this first novel was to create two compelling characters, Coleman and Dinah Greene, whom she plans to feature in subsequent mysteries, including the second in the series, Fatal Impressions, due out in March 2014.

Mr. Williams grew up in Austin, Texas and attended the University of Texas.

After graduation, he was commissioned as a Navy ensign. Upon discharge, he attended Harvard for an MBA and went on to Wall Street. He spent 40 years in the investment research and management field, his last position at Alliance Capital as chairman and CEO. After retiring, he attended MFA writing schools.

Ms. Williams grew up in North Carolina, graduated from Duke with a BA in English, earned an MBA at Harvard, a Ph.D. in Art History at the City University of New York and an MA in writing at Antioch University. She worked for more than 30 years in business and finance, in research at management consultants McKinsey Co., as a securities analyst on Wall Street, as a contributing editor at Institutional Investor magazine and as a senior executive at an investment management firm.

She is a past president of the New York City Art Commission and a former vice-chairperson of the New York State Council for the Arts and has served on the print committees of several leading museums.

Ms. Williams has written numerous articles for art and financial journals. They currently live in Connecticut, New York and Southern California with their Maltese, Muffin.

Prior to the program, refreshments will be served in the garden of Bush-Holley Historic Site at 6:30 p.m.

The program will commence at 7 p.m. Copies of Restrike will be available for purchase, courtesy of Diane’s Books. Admission is free but reservations are suggested.

To attend, call 203-869-6899, ext. 10 or e-mail [email protected]

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