Do you love art and reading? The Members Book Club is the perfect forum to discuss exciting literature related to the art world in a fun and relaxed environment.

The Members Book Club meets quarterly in the Museum’s Education Center and Richardson Memorial Library on Saturday mornings. Each session includes a presentation by a guest speaker followed by small group discussions led by library staff. Light refreshments are served. Book Club attendees may register for a single session or the entire year. Each session is $10 per person and is limited to Museum Members only. Register now for one or more sessions.

For more information, to be added to our mailing list, or to register by phone, please call 314.655.5235.   


Shocking Paris:
Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse
By Stanley Meisler

Saturday, July 23, 10:30 am

In July, the Members Book Club will be reading Stanley Meisler’s Shocking Paris (2015), which offers a vivid look at the artistic world of Paris between the World Wars, focusing on the lives and career of two of its most striking figures: Russian Jewish painter Chaim Soutine—whose intense artwork mirrored his own fierce personality—and his contemporary, Marc Chagall. Bradley Bailey, Associate Professor of Art History at Saint Louis University, will be the Book Club’s special guest presenter for this session.


Private Book Club Reception and Public Lecture
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet 
and the Painting of the Water Lilies
By Ross King 
Saturday, September 10
10:30 am Reception; 11:00 am Lecture
Free; Registration Required (includes lecture ticket) 

Claude Monet is perhaps the world’s most beloved artist, and among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. From bestselling author Ross King, Mad Enchantment tells the full story behind the creation of the Water Lilies, as the horrors of World War I came ever closer to Paris and Giverny, and a new generation of younger artists, led by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, were challenging the achievements of Impressionism. 

For this very special event, Ross King will join us for a public lecture and book signing of Mad Enchantment. Before the lecture, Book Club attendees who register in advance are invited to join King for a private reception. Mad Enchantment will be released on September 6, and copies of the book will be for sale from the Museum Shop the morning of the program. Register

Please note: Your Book Club registration will also include a reserved seat at the public lecture. Limited number avaiable. 



The Complete Stories
By Flannery O’Connor

Saturday, October 8, 10:30 am

In celebration of the reinstallation of the Museum’s American galleries, the Members Book Club welcomes Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art, to discuss selected stories of American writer and essayist Flannery O’Connor. Wolfe will explore connections between O’Connor’s works—intrinsically shaped by her Catholic world-view and southern upbringing—and the Museum’s American collection. Register 


The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan 
By Christopher Benfey
Saturday, December 3, 10:30 am

In The Great Wave, cultural historian Christopher Benfey offers a vivid series of portraits of nineteenth-century American travelers who were fascinated with Japanese art and culture soon after Japan opened its borders to the west and of the Japanese who made journeys of their own here to the United States. Philip Hu, Curator of Asian Art, will join the Book Club to discuss the book in the context of the Museum’s featured fall exhibition, Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan. Register

Register now for one or more sessions

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Past Book Club Selections

The Executioner's Race
by Andrew Bynom, April 2016

by Lily King, January 2016

The Self-Portrait
by James Hall, December 2015

33 Artists in 3 Acts
by Sarah Thornton, September 2015

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
      July 2015

Mary Coin: A Novel
by Marisa Silver, April 2015

The Boston Raphael
by Belinda Rathbone, January 2015

At The King's Pleasure
by Kate Emerson, November 2014

The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making
by David Esterly, September 2014

The Millionaire and the Mummies:
Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings
by John M. Adams, May 2014

The Judgment of Paris:
The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
by Ross King, March 2014

Farewell to Manzanar
by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and
     James D. Houston, February 2014

The Masterpiece
by Emile Zola, November 2013
The Painter's Chair:
George Washington and the Making of American Art
by Hugh Howard, October 2013

Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
by Robert Hughes, July 2013
Thus Was Adonis Murdered
by Sarah Caudwell, April 2013

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher:
The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs
of Edward Curtis
by Timothy Egan, February 2013

Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacey Schiff, November 2012
The Other Rembrandt: A Novel
by Alex Connor, September 2012
The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins
Her Life's Work at 72
by Molly Peacock, May 2012
Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel
by Susan Vreeland, March 2o12
Killer Stuff and Tons of Money
by Maureen Stanton, February 2012

Loving Frank: A Novel
by Nancy Horan, November 2011

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