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 Richardson Memorial Library on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, unless otherwise noted. Each session includes a short introduction 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.
2014 Book Club Schedule
The Lost Carving:
A Journey to the Heart of Making
By David Esterly
Saturday, September 13, 10:30 am
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 pm *new date
In The Lost Carving, master woodcarver David Esterly recounts the challenging year he spent restoring and replacing fire-damaged carvings in Hampton Court Palace, England. Written with a philosopher’s intellect and a poet’s grace, Esterly’s lovely memoir goes beyond the narrative to explore the connection between creativity and physical work and the passionate pursuit of an artistic vocation. Joining us for the Book Club will be a panel of artists from Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design discussing their own work and the physical, mental, and spiritual process of creating. Register
* Please note: The Book Club previously scheduled for Tuesday, September 9, has been rescheduled. The new date is Tuesday, September 16, at 6:30 pm.
At the King's Pleasure
In November, we’ll head to Tudor England for At the King’s Pleasure, a historical novel based on the life of Lady Ann Stafford, a member of Henry VIII’s royal court. History remembers Lady Anne as the woman who cheated on her husband with both King Henry VIII and his companion, Sir William Compton. Lady Anne was indeed in love with two men at the same time….but the king wasn’t one of them. Lady Anne’s complex and heart-wrenching romantic relationships are at the core of this riveting tale, which has a connection to our own collection: a portrait of Anne Stafford was acquired by the Museum in 2003. For these sessions of the Book Club, Judy Mann, curator of European art to 1800, will join us to divulge the interesting story behind the 16th-century portrait. Register
By Kate Emerson
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 pm
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 am
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All Book Club selections are available for purchase online and in person at the Museum Shop. Members receive 10% off of all purchases. Visit the online Museum Shop.
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