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.

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

April 18 The Lady and the Unicorn: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier, with discussion leader Marion Amdursky.

"A tour de force of history and imagination, The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier s answer to the mystery behind one of the art world s great masterpieces "a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. They appear to portray the seduction of a unicorn, but the story behind their making is unknown "until now.
Paris, 1490. A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Innocents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house "mother and daughter, servant, and lady-in-waiting "before taking his designs north to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven. There, master weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has to finish the tapestries "his finest, most intricate work "on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives "lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look." -Amazon.com

May 16 Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo, with discussion leader Pat Norris.

"Filled with extraordinary characters and told at breakneck speed, Provenance reads like a well-plotted thriller. But this is most certainly not fiction. It is the astonishing narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate cons in the history of art forgery.
Stretching from London to Paris to New York, investigative reporters Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo recount the tale of infamous con man and unforgettable villain John Drewe and his accomplice, the affable artist John Myatt. Together they exploited the archives of British art institutions to irrevocably legitimize the hundreds of pieces they forged, many of which are still considered genuine and hang in prominent museums and private collections today." -Amazon.com