KIA library book discussions

The Meader Fine Arts library's free book discussions are at 2 pm on the the third Wednesday of each month from September through May. For more information, call 349-7775, ext. 3166, or email library@kiarts.org.

January 17 A Piece of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline, with discussion leader Karen Trout.
"To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family's remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.

As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America's history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy." -Amazon.com

February 21 South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s by Kellie Jones, with discussion leader Jo Ann Mundy.

"In South of Pico Kellie Jones explores how the artists in Los Angeles's black communities during the 1960s and 1970s created a vibrant, productive, and engaged activist arts scene in the face of structural racism. Emphasizing the importance of African American migration, as well as L.A.'s housing and employment politics, Jones shows how the work of black Angeleno artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi spoke to the dislocation of migration, L.A.'s urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility. Jones characterizes their works as modern migration narratives that look to the past to consider real and imagined futures. She also attends to these artists' relationships with gallery and museum culture and the establishment of black-owned arts spaces. With South of Pico, Jones expands the understanding of the histories of black arts and creativity in Los Angeles and beyond." -Amazon.com

March 21 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, with discussion leader Harvey Myers. Kalamazoo Reading Together 2018 Selection.

"In Evicted, Harvard sociologist and MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as wrenching and revelatory (The Nation), vivid and unsettling (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible." -Amazon.com