Friends Book Club

March Book Club meets for Exit West

March 20, 2020 10:00 am

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Art & Research Library

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The Friends Book Club will meet in the Art & Research Library on the first floor of the Target Wing.  All Friends members are invited to attend.

The March selection will be the award-winning book, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Described as a visionary love story tracing the immigrant journey from homeland to an uncertain future in new lands, the story of Nadia and Saeed reveals the global perils that so many must face. 

Honors for this inventive work of fiction include Finalist for the Booker Prize and one of the 10 Best Books for 2017 by the New York Times Book Review.  The Review stated, “It was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world, and gave us a road map to our future…”

The discussion will be led by docent Bruce Robbins who holds a Ph.D. in Latin American history.  During his career he spent 30 years as a diplomat and teacher for the Methodist Church. Mia docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion. 

Reservations are recommended. Please call in or email a reservation prior to the Friday meeting, friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3045.   Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.

For further information about this Friends Only event please contact elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  We hope that you will join us!   

 

The Story of Arthur Truluv:  A Novel by Elizabeth Berg is February’s book

February 21, 2020 10:00 am

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Mia Library

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 “A beautiful, life-affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.”

-Goodreads

The Friends Book Club will meet on the third Friday in February to discuss a book that, while about loss, is optimistic and life-affirming. 

This month’s discussion will be led by docent Julie Holland who will explore the theme of how small acts can turn friends into family.  Mia’s docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion.  Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends. We hope that you will join us!   

For further information about this Friends Only event, please contact elizabethwinga@gmail.com. To reserve your spot; friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3045.  

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Great characters are the focus of the January friends only book club

January 17, 2020 10:00 am

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Art Research and Reference Library 

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Louise Penny’s A Great Reckoning: A Novel is the first book of the new year!

The new year for Mia’s Book Club begins with a crime mystery written by popular Canadian novelist Louise Penny.  A Great Reckoning: A Novel is Penny’s 12th in this superb series featuring Quebec Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, and set in the fictional village of Three Pines. 

The many awards that Penny has received for this series are a testament to how highly-regarded she has become.  From the Library Journal, “Riveting…with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot.”  And from the New York Times Book Review, “Artful… powerful… magical.”

Friends members interested in a discussion on these intriguing characters, who are neither all good or all evil, are invited to join us.  Please call or email a reservation prior to the Friday meeting, friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3045.  Members meet in the Art Research and Reference Library located by the Target Wing Atrium.  Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.

This month’s discussion will be led by regular Book Club member Corrine Zwickey, who will bring the experience of her years as a literature educator to the discussion.  Mia’s docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion.

For further information about this Friends Only event please contact elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  We hope that you will join us!   

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Friends November Book is “The Refugees” with themes related to “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975”

November 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Friends Only Book Club to meet Friday, November 15. Space is limited so make a reservation now!

The current special exhibition, Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War 1965-1975, challenges us to rethink a tumultuous period in our nation’s history.  One continuing impact in our country today is the many refugees from southeast Asia who have immigrated to our nation and Minnesota.  Mia’s November book selection, The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, will guide Friends Book Club attendees in revisiting this era via a discussion.

Any Friends member interested in a stimulating discussion of this award-winning book is invited to join the Book Club for the November meeting.  This month’s discussion will be lead by docent Susan Drummond who has traveled to Vietnam. Small group gallery tours will follow the book discussion and will be led by Mia docents.

Praise for The Refugees has been widespread since it was published in 2016.  As a collection of short stories, the author provides a glimpse into the lives of people from his homeland, Vietnam.  His humor and writing style along with poignant moments enrich our feelings and memories of this time period.

For further questions about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga, elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  

To make a reservation call the Friends office, 612.870.3045 or send an email to friends@artsmia.org and leave your name.  There is a limit of 20 openings.

Friends Only Book Club is one more reason to join and support the Friends of Mia!

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Get Reading! Friends Only Book Club is October 18

October 18, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

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Jesmyn Ward’s award-winning novel entitled Sing, Unburied, Sing is October’s Book Club selection

Any Friends member interested in a stimulating book discussion around Jesmyn Ward’s 2017 award-winning novel entitled Sing, Unburied, Sing is invited to join the book club for the October meeting.  The group meets in Mia’s research library on the first floor of the Target Wing.  Following the one-hour book discussion an hour long docent-led tour will be available.  Because of the limited reservations, small groups are guaranteed for the gallery tours.

All that is requested is to call in or email a reservation prior to the meeting. There is a limit of 20 openings. Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.  

The Star Tribune has described Ward’s novel as “the story of a few days in the lives of a tumultuous Mississippi Gulf Coast family and the histories and ghosts that haunt it,..it is nothing short of magnificent.”  The Philadelphia Inquirer adds that, “After winning the National Book Award for Salvage the Bones, Ward is back, with an epic family saga…”  Particularly relevant is this quote from the New York Times, “However eternal its concerns, Sing, Unburied, Sing is perfectly poised for the moment.”

This book club tour will offer an opportunity to view some of the new acquisitions in Mia’s collection that relate to diverse cultures and issues.  Each of the two docents guiding a tour will offer unique connections between the novel and Mia’s collection.

For further questions about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga, elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  

To make a reservation call the Friends office, 612.870.3045 or send an email to friends@artsmia.org and leave your name.  There is a limit of 20 openings.

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Join Friends September 13 for Book Club

September 13, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

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Join your Friends who love books every month at the Friends Book Club and check out this season’s preview!

Friends members who love books are encouraged to come to a gathering of the Friends Book Club this year.  These intriguing book discussions are held September through April (except December) on the third Friday of the month and follow selections for Mia’s Inspired by Books monthly tours in the Mia Library. The program is a free benefit for Friends members. Reservations are recommended.

The first Friends Book Club meeting on Friday, September 13 at 10AM for Fall 2019 will focus on an exquisitely written book, An Odyssey, by Daniel Mendelsohn.  A one-hour book discussion led by docent Elizabeth Winga will be followed by a one-hour book-related tour of the galleries, custom-designed by one of Mia’s docents. Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends. 

Hearing the title An Odyssey no doubt conjures up school day memories of the Greek poet Homer. Reviewers have assured us that rereading the classic is not required to enjoy this memoir.  The focus is, instead, on a father and son relationship that highlights  experiences when the father decides to audit his professor son’s college course at Bard College. 

The Los Angeles Review of Books describes Mendelsohn’s book as “heartfelt, touching…a dazzling rich story of identity and recognition from an exacting critic and award-winning memoirist…”  As one might suspect, the author’s narrative comes to echo Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey.

To make a reservation please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or send an email to friends@artsmia.org.  Space is limited to twenty Friends only, so reserve your spot today!

Mark your calendar for 2019 selections/dates that include: 

Friday, October 18 at 10AM
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward is a journey through Mississippi’s past and present revealing an epic tale of hope and struggle that examines the ugly truths at the heart of this American story.  

Friday, November 15 at 10AM
The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen connects to a special exhibition in the galleries as well as current issues of immigration.  

No meeting in December

2020 book selections will be announced at a later date.

For more information about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga, friendsonlyevents@artsmia.org.  Friends Book Club is one more reason for joining and supporting the Friends of Mia!

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April Friends Book Club: “Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time”

April 18, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

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Join other Friends to discuss Michael Perry’s memoir “Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time”.

After a moderator-led discussion, we will have the enriching experience of a small group tour led by docents, connecting Mia works of art to Michael Perry’s memoir.

Writer and humorist Michael Perry returns to his rural Wisconsin town of New Auburn after being away for twelve years.  To reconnect with his past and get back into the fabric of the town, Perry joins the volunteer fire and rescue department.  Perry’s essays are structured around his EMT calls which range from a collision at the local laundromat to heart attacks, fires, and suicides.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Perry’s mosaic of small-town life also paints charming portraits of the town’s memorable characters, such as the One-Eyed Beagle, another firefighter.  Perry’s insights into the small-town mentality come from apparent contemplation, and he writes about them with good humor,…”.

There are spaces for 20 Friends.  Please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 to make your reservation.

Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer, jeannescheiderer@hotmail.com with any questions.

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March Friends Only Book Club

March 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Research & Reference Library

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is the March book.

Join us to discuss Lisa See’s novel The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

A docent-led tour centered around works of art relating to the novel will follow the moderator-led discussion of the book.

In Lisa See’s moving coming-of-age novel, a young Chinese woman from the Akha ethnic minority finds her way to a productive life through the tea-cultivating traditions of her forebears.  A story of family, identity, and motherhood, this novel is a fascinating voyage through a little-known culture.

According to author Helen Simonson in a Washington Post review, “Just as properly aged tea from ancient trees has both flavor and a ‘returning taste’, so this story balances moving on with returning home.  Both Li-yuan and Haley must ultimately reconcile where they come from with who they are now, and they must compromise with the flaws of family and tradition if they wish to reclaim their roots.  A lush tale infused with clear-eyed compassion, this novel will inspire reflection, discussion and an overwhelming desire to drink rare Chinese tea.”

There are 20 spots available for this conversation and tour. Please contact the Friends Office at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org to make your reservation.

Also mark Friday, April 19 on your calendar for a moderator-led discussion and docent tour related to Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry.

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February Friends Only Book Club

February 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Research & Reference Library

Ticket Price: Free

Trevor Noah’s memoir “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” is the February book.

Join us to discuss Trevor Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. A docent-led tour will follow the moderator-led discussion of the book.

Trevor Noah’s memoir chronicles his unlikely path from the waning days of apartheid South Africa to hosting “The Daily Show,”  beginning with the controversial act of his birth. Trevor’s mother was a member of the black Xhosa tribe, and his white father was of Swiss-German heritage.  At the time of Trevor’s birth, the union of his mother and father was punishable by five years in prison, and Trevor was visible evidence of their crime.

According to Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times, “By turns alarming, sad and funny, this book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the country’s lurching entry into a post apartheid era in the 1990’s.  Some stories will be familiar to fans who have followed the author’s stand-up act. But his accounts here are less the polished anecdotes of a comedian underscoring the absurdities of life under apartheid, than raw, deeply personal reminiscences about being half-white, half-black in a country where his birth violated any number of laws, statutes and regulations.”

There are 20 spots available for this conversation and tour. Please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org to make your reservation.

Additionally, mark Friday, March 15, on your calendar for a moderator-led discussion and docent tour related to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer, jeannescheiderer@hotmail.com, with any questions.  

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