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 several times a year in the Museum’s Education Center and Richardson Memorial Library. 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 or to register by phone, please call 314.655.5335.   


The White Mirror
By Elsa Hart

Saturday, June 17, 10:30 am

In June, the Members Book Club will welcome St. Louis author Elsa Hart for a discussion of her novel, The White Mirror (2016). An intriguing mystery set in 18th century China features an independent traveler stumbling upon a murder surrounded by secrets that force the protagonist to confront the reason he will not go home and ultimately, the reason why he must. The author used the Saint Louis Art Museum's 2015 exhibition, Journey to the Interior: Ink Painting from Japan, as research for this novel. 



Peacock and Vine: On William Morris and Mariano Furtuny
By A.S. Byatt

Saturday, August 5, 10:30 am

The Members Book Club in August will explore the lives, designs, and passions of artists, Mariano Fortuny and William Morris, in Peacock and Vine (2016) by A.S. Byatt.  Born a generation apart in the mid-1800s, Fortuny and Morris were seeming opposites, but through their revolutionary inventions and textiles, both men inspired a new variety of art that is as striking today as when it was first conceived.  Genny Cortinovis, assistant curator of decorative arts, will join us for this session of the Members Book Club.   



Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception,               Change Your Life
By Amy E. Herman
Saturday, November 4, 10:30 am

The last Members Book Club in 2017 will cover Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life (2016) by Amy E. Herman. Art  historian Amy Herman has trained experts from many fields how to look closely at images; she helps them hone their “visual intelligence,” a set of skills we all possess but few of us know how to use properly. Amanda Thompson-Rundahl, director of learning and engagement, will join us for this session of the Members Book Club. 




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Past Book Club Selections

The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan
by Christopher Benfey, December 2016

The Complete Stories
by Flannery O'Connor, October 2016
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
by Ross King, September 2016 
Shocking Paris
by Stanley Meisler, July 2016

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